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6 Days Katavi and Mahale

6 Days Katavi and Mahale

6 Days Katavi and Mahale

Highlights of this primate safari include visiting the lush forests of Mahale National Park where you will be hiking and tracking the local population of chimpanzees. Although seeing chimpanzees is the obvious highlight of this tour Lake Tanganyika is a very special place to visit and you will be able to snorkel in the lake and join the locals for your own fishing experience. Oh, and did we mention the chimpanzees.

6 Days Katavi and Mahale Itenerary:

Day 1

Dar es Salaam to Kigoma

Flight from Dar Es Salaam to Kigoma depart 09:30 am, on arrival to Kibirizi port for your boat to Gombe (2 hours private boat). Pick up on arrival and transfer to the camp, afternoon relaxes on the beach. Gombe Stream’s main attraction is obviously the chimpanzee families that live protected in the park’s boundaries. Visitors take walks deep into the forest to observe and sit with the extraordinary primates for an entire morning. Apart from chimpanzee viewing, many other species of primates live in Gombe Stream’s tropical forests. Val vet and colobus monkeys, baboons, forest pigs and dik dik inhabit the dense forest and a wide variety of tropical birdlife. Accommodation: Kasekela Luxury Tented Camp.

Day 2

Gombe stream national park

On 08h30, Start Chimpanzee tracking in the forest, Gombe became well known for the conservation project started from Jane Goodall, who first arrived in Gombe in 1960. Apart from chimpanzee viewing, many other species of primates live in Gombe Stream’s tropical forests, like velvet, Colobus monkeys and baboons, Climb to Jane’s peak and visit Kakombe waterfalls if time allows. Accommodation: Kasekela Luxury Tented Camp.

Day 3

Gombe Stream t Mahale National Park

After breakfast transfer by boat to Kibirizi port (2 hours) then transfer by vehicle Lukoma village then take a 45 minutes boat to Mahale National Park – afternoon relax and overnight. The park like its northerly neighbor Gombe is home to some of Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzees, a population of roughly 900, they are habituated to human visitors by a Japanese research project founded in the 1960s. Tracking the chimps of Mahale is a magical experience. Mahale is located in the Western Tanzania to the South of Kigoma town, it is bordering Lake Tanganyika-the World’s longest, second deepest and least polluted freshwater lake-harboring an estimated 1000 fish species. Accommodation: Mahale Bandas.

Day 4

Mahale National Parks

You will spend full days chimpanzee tracking in Mahale. Chimpanzees normally move in search of food and nest wherever there’s an abundant food source such as their favorite fruit. Snorkeling is an option if you’d like to cool off in the water and see what lies below the surface.

Day 5

Mahale To Kigoma

Morning after breakfast, pick up and transfer by boat back to Lukoma village then take a car Kigoma town on arrival you will check in at Kigoma Hilltop Lodge – late afternoon to transfer to Ujiji Town, visit Dr. Livingstone memorial center then back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 6

Kigoma to Dar es Salaam

Morning after breakfast our representative will transfer to the airport for your flight back to Dar-es-salaam depart. On arrival in Dar es Salaam our representative staff will transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight or you can connect your flight back home.

How to get to Katavi National Park

The most convenient way to reach Katavi is via a 4-5 hour-chartered flight from Arusha or Dar es Salaam. Depending on your itinerary, your entry point to Katavi will be through Kilimanjaro International Airport (46 km from Arusha) or the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar.

By car, Katavi is a 2–3-day drive from Dar and the road journey from Arusha takes 22 hours. We recommend that you fly to save you from a long road journey.

The only commercial flight is the bi-weekly service between Uaha, Katavi and Mahale which is operated by Safari Air Link. However, most campsites have links with airlines, and

If you book with us, we will organise your transport and accommodation for you.

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When to go to Katavi National Park?

The best time to visit Katavi National Park is during the annual dry season from June to December. During the dry season, the Katuma River is one of the only water sources within the surrounding area, and you will have spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities around the river.

Hundreds of hippos and crocodiles gather around the scarce waterholes, and thousands of topisimpalas, and zebras pass through the plains.

Despite the increase in visitor numbers during the peak season, you will virtually have the park to yourself.

11 Days Safari Katavi National Park

Accommodation in Katavi National Park

Chada Camp

Operated by Nomad Tanzania, Chada Camp is located 50 km east of Lake Tanganyika. Chada Camp offers six safari tents which are surrounded by trees and offer sweeping views of the surrounding plains. The tents are dispersed to maximise your privacy, and the camping experience is suitable for children 12+.

Each tent has a comfortable bed, a writing desk, and gauze windows which allow natural light to shine through. The accommodation is decorated with homely natural fabrics and palm matting. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom with a flush toilet.

Outside your tent, you will find a bucket shower. You can cool off after a day of activities whilst enjoying the scenic views, and you may even see a herd of elephants. There is a large communal tent where guests can relax, read, or watch the elephants, giraffes, and buffaloes wander past. Breakfast and lunch are served in the dining tent.

Guests can choose between dining indoors and al fresco dining under the stars. Before dinner, guests gather at the campfire for snacks and drinks. Chada Camp offers safari activities, including 4WD game drives, picnics surrounded by the animals, bird watching, and guided walking safaris.

Mbali Mbali Katavi Lodge

Operated by Nomad Tanzania, Chada Camp is located 50 km east of Lake Tanganyika. Chada Camp offers six safari tents which are surrounded by trees and offer sweeping views of the surrounding plains. The tents are dispersed to maximise your privacy, and the camping experience is suitable for children 12+.

Each tent has a comfortable bed, a writing desk, and gauze windows which allow natural light to shine through. The accommodation is decorated with homely natural fabrics and palm matting. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom with a flush toilet.

Outside your tent, you will find a bucket shower. You can cool off after a day of activities whilst enjoying the scenic views, and you may even see a herd of elephants. There is a large communal tent where guests can relax, read, or watch the elephants, giraffes, and buffaloes wander past. Breakfast and lunch are served in the dining tent.

Guests can choose between dining indoors and al fresco dining under the stars. Before dinner, guests gather at the campfire for snacks and drinks. Chada Camp offers safari activities, including 4WD game drives, picnics surrounded by the animals, bird watching, and guided walking safaris.

Katavi National Park