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8 Days / 7 Nights Mahale, Gombe, and Katavi

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8 Days
Availability : All year Around
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.

Departure & Return Location

Hotel/Airport at Arusha.

Price Includes

  • Airport Transfers
  • All Park fees (entry fees, transit, and crater fees).
  • Meals a day while on safaris.
  • Comfortable vehicle for game viewing.
  • Mineral water on the board safari vehicle.
  • Accommodation
  • Entrance fees and Government taxes.
  • Professional tour guide.

Price Excludes

  • Personal items in nature, e.g. Cameras
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Increases in park fees where applicable
  • Tips for safari guide & chef
  • Soda and Alcoholic beverages
  • Extra activities
Daily Activities

Day 1Arrive 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 2Arusha/ 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 3Full 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 4Depart 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 6Mahale 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 8Katavi 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.

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