8 Days / 7 Nights Mahale, Gombe and Katavi

TYPOLOGIES

Chimpanzee Tracking

DIFFICULTY

Medium

MIN. AGE

1 Year

Tour Overview

The Western part of Tanzania combines the beautiful remote Mahale Mountains, Gombe Stream, and one of Tanzania’s best and least explored parks Katavi National park. Katavi National Park is the 4th largest National Park in Tanzania, the park is rich in wildlife large herds of buffaloes and elephants, lions, hyenas, leopards, pack of wild dogs, and hippopotamus, park Activities on this western Tanzania safari include a fantastic game drive safaris, chimpanzee tracking safaris, walking excursions, incredible bird-watching, and sightseeing.

We offer visitors the amazing experience of a Chimpanzee Trekking Safari in the Western Tanzania National parks.  The program has been set to include 2 of the 3 exclusive Western Circuit National Parks.  Its accommodation has been set to include 3 nights Katavi and 2 nights Mahale.  You will explore the amazing Chimpanzee animals only found in the Western national parks of Tanzania’s parks.  A number of bird species and reptiles are also found in these parks.

Comments

  • Please note that our itinerary is flexible and can be modified until it suits your needs and wishes.
  • This is a quotation only. No reservations or arrangements have been confirmed on your behalf pending your authority to proceed and the final itinerary is subject to availability.
  • All prices quoted are current and are subject to change at any time due to cost increases such as Park Entry fees or Hotel| Airline rates increases that are beyond our control. As a result, reserves the right to re-quote on a quotation if confirmation of the itinerary is not received within 14 working days from date of quotation.

Tour Includes

Safari according to the itinerary and Accommodation Prices.

Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle – 6/7-Seater Extended Luxury Vehicle.

Professional English. (Other Language on request and Availabilities).

Overnight accommodation according to your choice (Luxury, Mid-range or Budget Camping).

Meals according to the itinerary in Full Board Basis.

Mineral water.

All mentioned activities.

All national park fees and Entry Fees

Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari.

Accommodation before Safari

Airport Transfers

Well maintained Camping equipment (For Budget camping safari).

Tour doesn't Include

International Flights.

Serengeti Balloon safari ($650/person).

Optional activities.

Alcoholic and soft drinks.

Visa fees.

Tips to Driver/Guide (Group advised to tip $20/day if full satisfied)

Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.

Travel insurance.

Accommodation after Safari (available on request).

Daily Activities

Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania

You’ll be met by our ground handling team at Kilimanjaro International Airport/ Airport/Julius Nyerere International Airport and transferred to the delightful accommodation in Arusha/Dar es salaam
Dinner and overnight: Forest Hill Carnival Hotel/BL Airport Hotel

Day 2: Arusha/ Dar es salaam to Mahale National Park

Leave Arusha/Dar es salaam Airport to Mahale (with Shared Charter Plane), picked-up by speed boat along the Lake Tanganyika to Mahale Mountains National Park.

Dinner and overnight: Tanaka Bandas

Day 3: Full Day Mahale Mountains

You will go for Chimpanzee tracking and bird watching as soon as after breakfast, you will learn and enjoy how chimps live in their families,visiting the research center for Chimpanzee and hiking to the waterfalls. Late afternoon, spend some time along the beach of Lake Tanganyika relaxing on the soft sand and watching the sun goes down or boat rides down the lake shores looking for hippos.

Dinner and overnight: Tanapa Bandas

Day 4: Depart to Gombe Stream National Park.

Early in the morning after breakfast depart to Gombe Stream National Park. Upon your arrival at Gombe you will be picked up and driven to the rest house for a meal, relaxing and an overnight.

Dinner and overnight: Tanapa Rest House

Day 5: Gombe Stream National Park

After an early breakfast, you will take off for an amazing morning chimpanzee tracking in the forest. You will also visit Kakombe Waterfalls, which is one of the best attractions in the park. If time allows, you can climb Jane’s Peak, where you will have a chance to enjoy the view of the park. Meals and your overnight stay will be at Gombe Rest House.

Dinner and overnight: Tanapa Rest House

Day 6: Mahale to Katavi National Park.

Depart for Katavi National Park after breakfast. You will have a boat transfer and on a shared chartered flight to Chada luxury tented camp. Arrive for lunch. go for afternoon game drive, the drive will take you to late evening.

Dinner and overnight: Katavi Wildlife Camp

Day 7: Katavi National Park.

Depart for morning Walking Safari (if booked within package) or go for morning Game Drive 11:30 am – Return to the lodge camp for Brunch/early lunch. Afternoon at leisure, later have some tea followed by afternoon/early evening Game Drive.

Katavi is like travelling back in time, maybe to the Pleistocene era. Animals seem bigger and more bestial. As a human, for once, you don't feel like you own the planet. It's a thrilling experience. Survival here depends on fragile seasonal rivers, the Katuma, the Kavu and the Kapapa. Between the rivers, huge herds of buffalo and other herbivores concentrate for the rich grass of four great floodplains, including (our own backyard) Chada.

As months wear on, the grass dries gold and withers. By the end of the dry season, it’s all going a bit mad. As water becomes limited, so animals are drawn to the riverbanks. Hippopotamus in their thousands cram dwindling pools, crocodiles dig riverbank caves. Buffalo and elephant compete for waterholes. Lion, hyenas and other predators know this and wildlife watching here becomes even more outstanding.

Dinner and overnight: Katavi Wildlife Camp

Day 8: Katavi National Park to Arusha / Dar es Salaam

After breakfast you will be transferred to a nearby airstrip, and you will travel back to Arusha with a shared charter plane to Arusha.

End of Safari