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8 Day Mahale Mountains and Katavi National Park

8 Days/7 Nights

For the wildlife enthusiast that is seeking a remote experience teeming with wildlife encounters this is the safari for you. Katavi is home of the vast super herds that once had characterised Africa. Katavi, being remote and pristine feels like you are almost travelling back in time to an older Africa.  After enjoying Katavi you will fly directly to Mahale Mountains National Park, where you will sail in by dhow boat to be greeted at your accommodation. Enjoy daily treks into the jungle to observe the habituated chimpanzees that have make Mahale a must see destination. The experience is raw and wild.

Budget Standard Luxury Campsite Permanent Campsite Lodge Hotel

Safari Highlights

  • Mahale National Park
  • Katavi National Park
  • Lake Tanganyika
  • Daily Chimpanzee Trekking
  • Last of the Buffalo Super Herds
  • Snorkelling
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Boat & Vehicle Safaris
  • Bush Picnic Lunches
  • Fly in & Fly out

Safari at a Glance

1Arusha to Katavi National ParkKatuma Bush Lodge
2Katavi National ParkKatuma Bush Lodge
3Katavi National ParkKatuma Bush Lodge
4Mahale National ParkKungwe Beach Lodge
5Mahale National ParkKungwe Beach Lodge
6Mahale National ParkKungwe Beach Lodge
7Mahale National ParkKungwe Beach Lodge
8Mahale to Arusha
The Itinerary

Day 1: Arusha to Katavi National Park

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

This morning you will be met by a SafariHQ guide who will transfer you to Arusha Airport to board your flight to Katavi National Park, where you will be met by a vehicle and transferred to your accommodation at Katuma Bush Lodge in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive. Katavi National Park is the ultimate off the beaten track safari adventure. With only a few hundred visitors per year Katavi provides thrilling game viewing opportunities. The size of the herds has to be seen to be believed and you are always aware that you are in one of the last remaining wild places on earth. Your accommodation at Katuma Bush Lodge, is the perfect place to return after an action packed game drive. Enjoy a dip in the swimming pool and enjoy the stunning views over Katavi while sipping on a sundowner before your evening meal.

Day 2 & 3: Katavi National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Over the next 2 days you will explore this remote and untouched national park with bush walks and games drives. See why Katavi is one of the best wildlife destinations in Africa. The valleys and plains around the camp are teeming with wildlife and offer large concentrations of crocodile and hippo. Hippopotamus mass along the creeks, and elephant shake fruit from the great borassus palms. Observe some of the largest herds of buffalo on earth, perhaps with lion, hyena and leopard in pursuit. Katavi offers spectacular scenery and a wild and traditional safari experience. Indulge and relax at your accommodation at Katuma Bush Lodge.

Day 4: Mahale National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast you will transfer to Katavi airstrip and make your way to Mahale Mountains National ParkAfter touching down on the airstrip you will be transferred by traditional dhow boat to your luxury accommodation at the stunning Kungwe Beach Lodge. The dhow cruise takes about 1.5 hours and is a magical entrance to the world of Mahale. The staff will warmly welcome you and you will enjoy lunch at the lodge. After lunch you will enjoy a chimp trek into the pristine Mahale Mountain jungle.

Days 5 - 7: Mahale National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

For the next 3 days you will arise to a delicious breakfast at the lodge. After enjoying breakfast you will trek to enjoy the habituated ‘M’ group of chimpanzees as they groom, squabble and delight you with their animated antics. The ‘M’(Mimikire) troop is numbered at approximately 56 chimps. During your hike to the chimps you will find yourself immersed in the sights and sounds of Mahale. You will return to Kungwe Beach Lodge to enjoy lunch. In the afternoon you are free to enjoy the activities offered by the lodge – these include boat safaris, kayaking, snorkeling and fishing(fishing is available at $85pp/per trip). The section of Lake Tanganyika that Kungwe Beach occupies has some of the best freshwater fishing in Tanzania. Here, you may expect to catch Nile perch and Yellow Belly to name but a few. In the afternoon sit back and sip a sundowner while being entertained by the baboons that frequent the beach area.

Day 8: Mahale to Arusha

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On your last day you will enjoy a leisurely breakfast and you will sadly bid Kungwe Beach Resort goodbye as we make our way back to the Mahale Airstrip. The dhow cruise takes about 1.5 hours and you will get to take your last photos of this paradise. Enjoy an aerial perspective of Mahale as you fly over the mountains and head back to Arusha where your safari concludes. You may wish to add one of our optional activities as your next destination. Maybe a gorilla trek, or you may just like to relax and enjoy a beach break in Zanzibar.

Optional Activities for this Itinerary

What's Included?

  • Prices based on twin share
  • All internal flights
  • Full board accommodation and meals
  • Daily park entrance fees
  • Camp & concession fees
  • Tour guide fees
  • 1 x chimpanzee trek per day (1 hour per day)
  • 2 x game drives per day
  • 1 x full game drive with picnic lunch
  • Snorkelling
  • Kayaking
  • Boat Safaris
  • Soft drinks and bottled water
  • Laundry service
  • Airport transfers to and from the lodges either by boat or vehicle
  • Baggage limit on light aircraft is strictly 15kg per person

Please note that children under the age of 12 years are not permitted on Chimpanzee treks as should be accompanied by adults at all times around the lodge.

What's Not Included?

  • Tips and gratuities
  • Fishing excursion ($85 per person)
  • Alcoholic drinks (payable cash on departure)
  • Insurance
  • Flying doctor / medical evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • International flights
  • Walking Safaris in Katavi ($30 per person)
  • Easter, Christmas & New Years supplements may apply