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8 Day Luxury Safari

This unique experience takes you on a one-of-a-kind safari to one of Africa’s most remote areas and is perfect for all those in search of an unspoilt and hidden region. You will be at a loss for words by the amazing wildlife, as you immerse into the untouched and pristine wilderness of Katavi National Park. Famous for its sizeable flood plains, large buffalo herds and massive lion prides, Katavi is sure to take your breath away. From here it is onto Mahale Mountains National Park – undoubtedly one of Africa’s finest destinations. The secluded area has been blessed with stunning beaches and mountain forests and it is here, in the forests of the Mahale Mountains, where you will encounter some of the world’s last remaining wild chimpanzees, an incredible and unforgettable adventure.

Western Tanzania Safari


Day 1-8 | Tanzania

  • Light aircraft transfers
  • Dhow boat trips on Lake Tanganyika
  • Katavi National Park – Game drives and walking safaris
  • Mahale Mountains Nationalpark – Chimpanzee trekking


Luxury Lodge safari:
Western Tanzania – One of Africa’s best kept Secrets
Tourcode: E08LWESTAN
From: Arusha
To: Arusha
Min. number to guarantee tour: N/A
Max number of participants: private safari
Departure day: Thursdays only
from 6,440 USD (2-8 pax)
Single Supplement: from 1,270 USD
safari-vehicle lodges

Day 1 Arusha – Katavi National Park

You will depart from Arusha on an early morning flight to the Chada Katavi Camp in western Tanzania. The small and intimate camp is located on the edge of the Chada Plains, with its 6 spacious and comfortable tents resting beneath shady trees overlooking the plains. After a late lunch and some time at leisure you will join an armed guide on a walking safari around the camp. You will arrive back at the camp in time for sundowners at the campfire, followed by dinner and your overnight stay.
Lunch; Dinner

Day 2 – 4 Katavi National Park

The following 3 days are dedicated to game viewing in the beautiful and untouched wilderness of the Katavi National Park. Tanzania’s third largest and most remote national park is especially well-known for its sizable buffalo herds and large floodplains. In the dry season from June to October, game viewing can be exceptionally spectacular. During this time, antelopes, buffaloes, giraffes, elephants and other animals gather at the remaining water sources, always closely followed by predators. You will spend another 3 nights at the Chada Katavi Camp.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5 Katavi National Park – Mahale Mountains National Park

After a leisurely breakfast you will leave the Chada Katavi Camp on a light-aircraft for an approximate 1-hour flight to the Mahale Mountains National Park. From the airstrip you are taken to Lake Tanganyika, where you will board a dhow to make your way down the lake. Lunch will be served during your 90 minute boat trip en-route to the Greystoke Mahale Camp. The camp is set up on an unspoilt beach overlooking Lake Tanganyika, surrounded by the forested slopes of the Mahale Mountains. Once you have arrived, you can either relax and unwind, join a dhow cruise, go fishing or embark on a short forest hike. In the evening you will enjoy sundowners at the bar followed by dinner. You will spend the night at the Greystoke Mahale Camp.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6 & 7 Mahale Mountains National Park

The close encounters that await you over the following two days are sure to take your breath away. The awe-inspiring chimpanzee adventures begin after breakfast and an insightful briefing, during which the scouts and trackers will inform you of the whereabouts of the chimps. Soon you will be making your way up the narrow mountain trails and before you know it, the forest becomes alive with playful chimpanzees. During the next hour you will witness these incredible creatures as they go about their daily life. The enormity of seeing these animals in the wild is indescribable and a true privilege. Still mesmerized by this powerful experience, you begin making your way back to the camp for a well-deserved lunch. In the afternoon you can either join a dhow cruise or just relax at the camp. On one of the nights you will enjoy dinner on the beach under the African stars. You will spend another 2 nights at the Greystoke Mahale Camp.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 8 Mahale Mountains National Park – Arusha

Today you have the option of having a cup of coffee on a kayak in the middle of the lake or enjoying a leisurely breakfast at the camp. Later you will board the dhow for your trip back to the airstrip. From here the light-aircraft will take you to Arusha, from where you will continue your homebound journey.

Important notice: This safari only departs on Thursdays and luggage on all flights is restricted to 15 kg in a soft bag (including hand luggage).

Items included:

  • 4 nights at the Chada Katavi Camp incl. full board, selected drinks, shared activities (game drives, walking safaris), transfers to/from Katavi airstrip and laundry service
  • 3 nights at the Greystoke Mahale Camp incl. full board, selected drinks, shared activities (chimp trekking, boat trips, deep water swims, forest walks, village visits), boat transfers to/from Mahale airstrip and laundry service.
  • Flights Arusha – Katavi National Park – Mahale Mountains National Park – Arusha
  • All national park fees
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari

Items excluded:

  • Additional flights
  • Optional activities
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

  • The number of travellers you will be sharing a vehicle, boat or light aircraft with can vary during the tour. It depends on how many people are booked on the specific flight or at the respective accommodation.
  • Yes, there is and unfortunately children under the age of 12 years are not permitted to take part in this trip.
  • You will stay in walk-in tented camps with bucket showers and eco-flush toilets at Chada Katavi and in thatched, open-fronted cottages with running water and flush toilets at Greystoke Mahale.
  • You will fly from one location to another in a light aircraft. Transfers between the airstrips and the lodges are either done by dhow boat or vehicle. Game drives will be done in specially converted open 4×4 safari vehicles that are able to take on the harsh Tanzanian road conditions.
  • Meals are included as stated in the itinerary and a selection of beverages is also included.
  • You will dine at the respective accommodations.
  • Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements or food allergies and the accommodations will do their outmost to cater for them (only possible with advanced notification).
  • Upon booking you will receive a detailed packing list that will assist you in deciding what to bring.
  • Yes, luggage is restricted to one bag with a maximum size of 25 cm x 30 cm x 62 cm (10″ x 12″ x 24″). Luggage has to be packed in a bag or rucksack (no suitcases can be transported) and cannot weigh more than 15 kg including hand luggage.
  • Yes, you should bring along some cash for souvenirs and tips.
  • Please make sure that your USD bills that have been printed after 2004 as any earlier dated bills will not be accepted.
  • As a guideline for tipping your guide, you can leave 5-10 USD per traveller per day. Tipping is usually done at the end of your safari. Most camps have a tip box; you can tip the staff individually or place a tip for all the staff in the box or do both.
  • Although most nationalities can obtain a visa upon arrival in Tanzania, it is the sole responsibility of every traveller to be in possession of the required documents. We therefore strongly suggest that you contact your respective embassy for the latest visa regulations.
  • Officially no vaccinations are required but seeing that Tanzania is located in a yellow fever region, we suggest getting a yellow fever vaccination for your own piece of mind.
  • Despite the fact that Tanzania does not require you to be vaccinated against Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio or Hepatitis A&B, we would strongly advise to have those shots up to date.
  • Malaria is also a concern and we therefore recommend that some precautionary measures are taken. For more detailed information on prophylaxes and the effects and possible side effects, please contact your doctor or travel clinic.
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