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Remote Western Tanzania: Mahale and Katavi
Best time to go: May to October
8 Nights | from £5,435pp
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- Game drives and walking safari in remote Katavi which is rich in wildlife but one few visitors reach
- Spend 3 nights in Chada Katavi camp - the best lodge in Katatavi, with exceptional guides - and a night fly-camping nearby to really feel at one with nature
- Sail on Lake Tanganyika in a traditional dhow to arrive at Greystoke Mahale on the shore of the lake
- Watch wild chimpanzees interacting and playing in their completely natural habitat
- When not chimp-trekking, go hiking, fishing or kayaking on the lake or just chill out on the beach
Day 1 UK – Arusha, Tanzania
Today leave the UK and fly to Kilimanjaro via Amsterdam. On arrival you will be met and transferred to Arusha for your first night.
Arusha Coffee Lodge | Meals: Breakfast
Day 2 - 3 Arusha / Katavi
Take an early morning flight from Arusha via the Serengeti (dependent on schedule) and Tabora to refuel. Arrive into Katavi in the far west of Tanzania in time for a late lunch and a siesta, should you fancy some rest, or exploring camp. The next day you'll have the opportunity to go out on a morning game drive, heading further into the wilds of Katavi. Renowned for its game, huge herds of buffalo and elephant are often on the plains in front of camp and the animal interaction can be intense, with large numbers of hippopotamus and crocodiles inhabiting the rivers.
Chada Katavi | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Days 4 - 5 Katavi
An early start beats the heat. Explore further afield and take a picnic lunch with you as you head to your fly camp where you'll spend the night. Awaken in your tent the next morning and enjoy a cook-out breakfast. We'd recommend you take a short walk before a game drive back to camp.
Fly Camp Katavi | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Days 6 - 8 Katavi / Mahale
Depart mid-morning from Chada Katavi for your one-hour flight to Mahale airstrip, followed by a 90 minute trip down the lake in a traditional dhow boat to Greystoke Mahale, with lunch on board. On arrival the staff will give you an introduction to the camp and the chimpanzee activities. You'll have time to take a dhow cruise down the lake, try a spot of fishing, take a short forest hike, or just relax on the beach or in the mess tent. In two groups of six you'll be led up the narrow mountain trails to find the chimpanzees, with whom you will spend a magical hour. You'll have ample opportunities for chimp trekking over your three days at camp.
Greystoke Mahale | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9 Greystoke Mahale/Arusha
Rise early for a kayak on the lake or relax in camp before boarding the dhow and heading back to the airstrip for your flight to Kilimanjaro to connect with your overnight flight back to the UK via Amsterdam.
Day 10 UK
This morning arrive back in the UK.
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 9 day suggested holiday will cost from £5,435 per person, based on two sharing, excluding international flights, including park fees and internal flights.
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Our office in Arusha is managed by a local team of experienced and passionate travel professionals with an intimate knowledge of Tanzania, enabling them to provide clients with great insight into this fascinating destination, and ensuring a seamless experience every step of the A&K journey. With their long standing personal connections and networks they're also there to help you uncover local secrets and experiences, and to open doors to people and places normally beyond the reach of the ordinary traveller.
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11 hours 30 minutes including transit stop
GMT +3 hours
Required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate required
Best time to travel
December - March, July - October
Due to Tanzania's proximity to the equator the climate is generally warm year round ranging between 25°C to 32°C, there are however regional variations. With two rain seasons, the long rains fall in April and May (into early June) and the short rains falls in October and November. The best times to travel are December, January, February or late June to early October.