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Western Tanzania: Off the Beaten Path

Example 8 Day Tour
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Discover Tanzania's remote frontier land on this 8-day small group safari tour. Explore the remote Katavi National Park, home to the world's largest herds of buffalo and a diverse array of birds and wildlife animals. Then go trekking to Mahale Mountain National Park, home to some of Africa's last remaining wild chimpanzees. Additional highlights you can enjoy while in the park include on-foot game safaris, hiking up the 2460-meter Mount Nkungwe, and going fishing or snorkeling in Lake Tanganyika on the park’s western border. A truly unforgettable safari wilderness experience.
A leopard relaxes high in a treeStaring contest with a cape buffalo and oxpeckerA herd of zebra stop for a drinkWatch for wading hippopotamusesEnjoy a guided game drive to look for wildlifeA lioness keeps watch
Highlights
  • Explore the remote Katavi National Park, Tanzania’s third largest park
  • Stay in a stylishly simple bushcamp in Chada Katavi
  • Experience game drives in open 4WD vehicles
  • View the turquoise water of Lake Tanganyika
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Arrival to Chada Katavi

Upon arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport, an Adventure Life representative meets you and provides a quick safari briefing before transferring you to Arusha Airport for your flight to Western Tanzania. You are met by a Chada Katavi representative upon arrival who takes you on a game drive to camp. After tea is served in the afternoon, you can set off to explore Tanzania's third-largest park where you can easily spot hartebeest, giraffe, defassa waterbuck, hyena, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and wild dogs.

Return to camp as the sun begins to set in time for sundowner around the fire and a three-course dinner with a chilled glass of wine.
 

Day 2-3: Explore Katavi National Park

Wake up to the smell of a fresh cup of coffee at dawn and head out to the park's vast plains and woodlands. Return to the camp for breakfast by mid-morning. Spend the rest of your morning in the library or spot games from your private deck. In the afternoon, you can relax or go back to the park's open plains on foot, accompanied by a guide and armed scout, for a chance to discover smaller inhabitants. Walking on safari is a one-of-a-kind experience that brings you closer to the animals. The cool temperature of the early evening leads you to the final game drive of the day. Arrive back in camp on time to enjoy evening cocktails before dinner is served.

Day 4: Arrival to Greystoke Mahale

Today, you are transferred to the airstrip for a flight to Mahale Mountains National Park. You are met by a Greystoke Camp representative upon arrival, then take a 90-minute trip down the lake in the dhow to Greystoke Mahale with lunch on board.

Return to camp in time for hot showers and a three-course meal served on the white, sandy beach.

Day 5-7: Explore Mahale Mountain National Park

An entire day of exciting and engaging game packages.

Day 8: Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, transfer to Mahale airstrip for a Shared charter flight to Arusha airport, then transfer to JRO for flight TBA.

Accommodations

Chada Katavi

Game drives in Katavi
Giraffe in camp
Leopard

Greystoke Mahale

Greystoke Mahale
Sundowners
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Included
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Laundry Service
  • Park and Entrance Fees 
  • 1 liter of water per person per day while in an Albatros safari vehicle
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • All game viewing in a custom built 4 x 4 Land Cruiser safari vehicle driven by a professional English speaking driver guide
  • Scheduled flight Arusha/Katavi/Mahale/Arusha, luggage allowance 15 kgs per person
  • All alcoholic & Non-alcoholic drinks except champagne & premium wines
  • Current Government taxes and levies
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • International and domestic departure tax
  • Entry Visas to the country

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Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.
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