Western Tanzania offers something very different for the intrepid safari-goer. Katavi National Park in Tanzania is one of the undiscovered gems of the continent, a large and wild park, relatively undiscovered and a unique African Safari hideaway. Mahale Mountains National Park, bordering mystical Lake Tanganyika is quite simply stunning – and also the best place to see Chimpanzees in their natural habitat.
Depart Arusha airport this morning on a 3.5 hour flight to Western Tanzania – this includes pick-ups / drop-offs & a short fuel stop. On arrival at Katavi National Park you'll be met by a guide who will drive you to Katuma Bush Lodge for your 4 night stay, with great game-viewing and a picnic lunch en route.
Drive out into wildest Katavi, potentially witnessing herds of buffalo, elephants, other plains game and big cats. Follow the river to see the pods of hippos who congregate in the pools and mudholes, plus plenty of crocodiles. You will also get the opportunity for a walk, exploring the edge of the plains on foot.
Katavi National Park is a remote safari location but the effort taken to reach Tanzania's third largest Park will be repaid many times over. Created in 1974, Katavi is a truly special place where you can feel like you have travelled back in time thousands of years. The remote location is less frequently visited than other parks in East Africa, which has left Katavi almost unchanged.
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KATUMA BUSH LODGE
Katuma Bush Lodge in Katavi National Park in Tanzania is ideal for the traveller looking for a truly remote experience away from regular tourist routes, offering an exciting bush experience.
Depart camp for a short (one hour) flight to Mahale. On landing, board the dhow which will take you down the lake - with lunch on the way - to Kungwe Beach Lodge (approx. 1.5 hour boat ride). On arrival at the lodge the team will orientate you around the camp, and explain about the chimpanzee trekking. The afternoon is at leisure to either go fishing, enjoy a short forest walk, or relax on the beach.
Lake Tanganyika is a true marvel of the world. The world's longest, second largest and second deepest freshwater lake. This mammoth body of water spans four countries - Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, and Zambia with Tanzania possessing 46% along it's north west border.
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KUNGWE BEACH LODGE
On a golden sand beach overlooking the clear waters of Lake Tanganyika with breathtaking sunsets, Kungwe Beach Lodge is the perfect blend of comfort and relaxation in a beautiful setting.
You'll have the chance to go trekking and looking for the chimps, with a morning departure from camp. Head up into the forest in search of man's closest relatives. Afternoons can be spent fishing, on dhow trips on the lake, or relaxing in camp.
Mahale Mountain National Park sits at the centre of the eastern shore of Tanganyika, and is home to one of the last populations of wild chimpanzees in Africa. These chimps were habituated to visitors by a Japanese research project in the 1960s. The dry season provides the best time of year to witness the chimps in large groups, but the park is accessible all year round.
Departure by dhow in time for your lunch-time flight back to Arusha, arriving late afternoon.
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|Arusha > Katavi National Park||± 3½hrs|
|Katavi National Park > Lake Tanganyika||± 3hrs|
|Lake Tanganyika > Arusha||± 5hrs|
|Note: These times are estimates and are dependant on flights and accommodation selections.|
Probably not for the first time visitor to Africa, this safari in Tanzania is for real outdoors types, those looking for remote adventures, and travellers who have seeing Chimps in the wild on their bucket list!
Once you get back to Arusha/Kilimanjaro at the end of the safari you can head for the beaches of Zanzibar, or Mauritius, or the Seychelles. From Nairobi (a short flight away) you can also get to Victoria Falls, or Cape Town, or Dubai for a real contrast. There are plenty of options.
"Our holiday to Tanzania was fantastic. It was all that we hoped it would be and more. It exceeded our expectations in every way."
"Just wanted to let you know that we have returned safely from our adventure, to sum up the trip is easy as it was fantastic from start to finish with all arrangements working perfectly and the choice of venues was spot on. Our final thought is that we must go back next year as there are so many other places we would like to visit and many we want to return to."
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