Southern Tanzania Safari Over View
Katavi & Mahale National Parks 8 Days/7 Nights Remote Tanzania Safari: This safari takes you far away from the well travelled tourist routes at the Northern Circuit first to Katavi National Park. Isolated, untrammelled and seldom visited, Katavi is a true wilderness, providing the few intrepid souls who make it there with a thrilling taste of Africa as it must have been a century ago.
On wards you travel to Mahale Mountains set deeply in the heart of the African interior, inaccessible by overshadowed by a chain of wild, jungle-draped peaks towering almost 2km above the shore: the remote and mysterious Mahale Mountains. Due to the schedule of the flights arrival into Arusha should be on Monday or Thursday during January/ February and Sunday or Wednesday during the other months.
Game viewing in Katavi can be nothing short of awesome, especially the huge herds of buffalo and amazing numbers of hippo. Almost everywhere you look there's something grazing, bellowing, fighting, mating or hunting. Days in Katavi can be wild beyond belief. Further north, on the western border and the edge of Lake Tanganyika, is Mahale Mountain, another region where the clock seems to have stopped.
The forested mountain slopes are home to the world's largest known population of chimpanzees. Other forest residents include eight other primate species. Each day, you can venture out into the forest to observe them, our closest relatives, as they groom, wrestle and forage across the leafy floor.
Eight Days Katavi & Mahale Mountains Lodge Safari
Day One: Arusha - Katavi National Park
A representative from goshawk tours will meet you at your hotel or pick you up from the airport and after briefing you will be transfered to Arusha Airport for a charter flight to Katavi National Park located south west Tanzania. (Flight departure time from Arusha is at 08:00 hrs and arrival time at Katavi at around 11:30hrs).Once at Katavi you will proceed on a game drive en-route to Katuma Bush Lodge for lunch. The Lodge is situated in the middle of the park, on an elevated point overlooking the vast plains of Katisunga. Herds of animals coming in search of fresh grazing grounds and water provide the perfect view right from your tent.
Tamarind and Acacia trees provide shade and the sunsets behind the distant woodlands surrounding the seasonal lake provide a perfect background to the stunning scenery. Your accommodations are spacious, comfort luxury tents. After lunch our driver guide will give you a briefing before you start to explore Katavi. Overnight at Katuma Bush Lodge.
Day Two & Three: Katavi National Park
You'll spend the next two days exploring Katavi National Park, Tanzania's third largest national park on morning and afternoon game drives. The park lies in the remote southwest of the country, within a truncated arm of the Rift Valley that terminates in the shallow, brooding expanse of Lake Rukwa. Game drives will be conducted around woodland areas and along the seasonal lakes of Chada and Katavi, where most of the game is found - including the big cats. You also have an opportunity to take a walking safari into some of the most spectacular sites in the park, allowing you to enjoy the unique tranquil bliss of being a part of nature together with an armed Ranger Guide. Overnight at Katuma Bush Lodge.
Day Four: Katavi - Mahale National Park
Morning at leisure until your departure to Katavi Airstrip (with a packed lunch) for your short scenic flight to Mahale Mountain National Park located at the banks of Lake Tanganyika. At Mahale Airstrip our boat takes you to Kungwe Beach Lodge located on a long stretch of Lake Tanganyika's golden sandy shores beneath magnificent Mahale Mountains. The camp consists of 10 spacious and luxurious tents with en-suite facilities overlooking the crystal clear waters of Tanganyika. This afternoon you go on a short Chimpanzee Tracking trip in the forest near the camp. Overnight at Kungwe Beach Lodge.
Day Five, Six & Seven: Mahale National Park
For the next three days we explore Lake Tanganyika and Mahale Mountains. Chimpanzee tracking is the main attraction at Mahale, and is our priority. Tracking usually begins early in the morning, with the Guides usually starting at the area where the Chimpanzees nested the previous night and tracking from there. In Mahale tracking can take up to four hours. Chimpanzees move in search of fruit, and are never far away if there's an abundance of fruit nearby. Other activities include walking on the beach, swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of Tanganyika. Also fishing trips to Tanganyika being an angler's paradise can be arranged with experienced boatmen of the camp. It is also possible to visit local fishing villages close to the park and get first-hand experience of life in a typical African village. Overnight at Kungwe Beach Lodge
Day Eight: Mahale National Park - Arusha
Morning at leisure at the beach lodge before your boat transfer to Mahale Airstrip for your charter flight back to Arusha. Drop off at a hotel at Arusha or board a flight to your next destination.
Safari Pricing Includes:
- Transport in a custom 4x4 land rover with pop up roof.
- All park entrance fees.
- Fullboard Accommodation.
- Game drives and other activities as described in the itinerary
- Services of an English speaking driver guide.
- Complimentary Bottled water 1 Litre per person per day.
- All government taxes.
Safari Pricing Excludes:
- International airfares.
- All expenditure of personal nature such as telephone calls, hard drinks, soft drinks and laundry.
- Travel Insurance.
Do's And Don'ts In The Game Reserves & National Park.
- Do not Litter the reserve/park.
- Do not feed the animals, i.e. monkeys or baboons.
- Do give the animals the right of way and do not disturb wildlife.
- Do not take any plant or animals remains, dead or alive.
- Do not start fires or throw cigarettes in the reserve.
- Do stay in your vehicle except at designated viewing points.
- Do not shout, laugh loudly, play radio or cassettes as this will keep away the animals.
- Do not provoke any animals its dangerous.