Project Description

REMOTE AND WILD

9 Days & 8 Nights | Tanzania

Arusha, Katavi National Park & Mahale Mountains National Park

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HIGHLIGHTS

GREAT FOR

Honeymooners – No crowds and superb, intimate accommodation with thrilling activities

Photographers – Capture some of Africa’s liveliest primates in their untouched forest home

AVAILABLE ACTIVITIES

Chimpanzee tracking

Game drives

Nature walks

Birding

Sundowners

Fly-camping

Bicycling

Cultural tours

Canoeing

Boating

BEST TIME TO GO

High Season:  July to October

Green Season:  November to June

OVERVIEW

If you’re lucky enough to have been on safari a few times and still haven’t scratched the safari bug, then it’s time to roll out destinations that promise some of the wildest landscapes, fewest people and most remote destinations possible…

This highly adventurous itinerary pairs the lesser-known national parks in the west – Katavi and Mahale Mountains – for more off-the-beaten track activities. In Katavi, you can go fly-camping, walking, have bush picnics and likely never see another vehicle. At Mahale Mountains, Lake Tanganyika provides the playground for boating and swimming while the eponymous mountains are the ultimate drawcard as the home of a sizable and healthy chimpanzee population. You’ll spend time with these intelligent, agile and expressive primates in a pristine forest.

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THIS ITINERARY WAS DESIGNED BY ADELE

Tanzania is almost a second home as I’ve spent months at a time exploring it. There’s nothing like seeing the first wildebeest calves being born in the Southern Serengeti or being the only vehicle at phenomenal sightings in Nyerere or Ruaha. Chimpanzee trekking in Africa should definitely be on your bucket list!

TRIP SUMMARY

DURATION

8 Nights / 9 Days

DESTINATIONS VISITED

Arusha, Tanzania

Katavi National Park, Tanzania

Mahale Mountains National Park, Tanzania

ACCOMMODATIONS VISITED

DAILY ITINERARY

From Kilimanjaro International Airport, you’ll be driven to Rivertrees Country Inn which – ironically – has a view of ‘Kili’ itself, as Africa’s tallest peak is known. Rivertrees, in the safari town of Arusha, is a great place to unwind after a flight and before you start one of the most special journeys in Tanzania.

Like many estates here, it has its roots in coffee cultivation and retains plenty of farmstead charms, like roaring fireplaces, thatched roofs and frothy mosquito nets.

Why we love Rivertrees Country Inn:

  • Lots of room configurations for different travellers
  • Being ‘unknotted’ in the secluded massage hut
  • Swimming a few laps in the sparkling pool
  • Delicious country cuisine in the charming restaurant
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A good night’s sleep and a filling breakfast will set you up for a travelling day as there is a fairly long flight from Arusha in the north to Katavi National Park in the west. This is one of the least-visited parks anywhere in Africa and all the more exciting because of that. This is the world as it used to be.

Your lodge for three nights is Chada Katavi: it has everything you need and nothing you don’t!

Why we love Chada Katavi:

  • Overnight fly-camping right in the open
  • Guided nature walks to absorb all of nature
  • True remoteness with very few other people
  • Vast numbers of hippos, crocodiles and elephants
READ MORE ABOUT CHADA KATAVI

Now for one of the most special activities anywhere in Africa: trekking habituated chimpanzees! After the wild excitement provided by Katavi, it’s time to up the ante by heading even further west to Mahale Mountains National Park on Lake Tanganyika.

Your sublime base is Greystoke Mahale, a fairy-tale beach lodge. From here, you will set off to find chimp families that have been slowly introduced to humans so you can spend time with them. Be fit – when they move, they move fast.

Why we love Greystoke Mahale:

  • Unique beach lodge on Lake Tanganyika
  • Low-key eco-friendly huts right on the sand
  • Pristine forest above and glass-clear waters below
  • Phenomenal habituated chimpanzee trekking
READ MORE ABOUT GREYSTOKE MAHALE

INCLUDED

  • All activities specified
  • All transfers specified
  • All meals, drinks and sundowners
  • Laundry

EXCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Items from the safari shop
  • Pre- and post-itinerary accommodation
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical insurance, tests and vaccinations where stipulated
  • Tips / gratuities

PRICE IS IMPORTANT

This itinerary is here to inspire you and prices may change due to availability, season and the year that you plan to travel.
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