Katavi
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Katavi

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3 & 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6,7 & 8
  • Day 9

DAY 1: ARRIVAL KILIMANAJRO AIRPORT

Karibu Tanzania!   Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport, Proceed through custom control, collect your luggage and you will meet our transfer driver guide for a warm welcome.  1 hour transfer Arusha Coffee Lodge Overnight based on Bed and Breakfast.

 

 

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Day 2 ARUSHA – Katavi

This morning you will be met by our transfer guide who will transfer you to Arusha Airport to board your Shared charter flight to Katavi National Park. Upon arrival you will be met by your guide/vehicle and transferred to Katuma Bush Lodge in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive. 

Katavi National Park in the far west of Tanzania is somewhere that, even today, few people have been lucky enough to visit. Perhaps because of this, it feels untouched, almost like travelling back in time. The park centers on a series of wide flood plains, blond with waist high grass in the early dry season, green and flooded like a mini Okavango Delta after the rains. Connecting the main flood plains – Ngolema, Katisunga, Katavi and Chada - is a network of fragile seasonal rivers. It is these rivers that form the focus of the game viewing for which Katavi is renowned during the dry season.

Water rapidly becomes a limited resource in Katavi during the dry so animals of all kinds are drawn to the Katuma, Kavu and Kapapa Rivers. Hippo in their thousands cram the remaining pools, crocodiles retire to caves in the mud walls of the river banks, buffalo and elephant are drawn to the rivers to drink. The lion, hyenas and other predators know this. In the late dry season, there are few places that offer such a raw and wild experience as Katavi.

The rains usually come mid November and go through until early June. Katavi then undergoes a complete transformation. Almost as soon as the first rains hit the ground, everything goes green; long green and lush grasses sprout from what was just dry and cracked earth. The rivers flow again, the pools overflow and there is space for all. It's a birders paradise as all the migratory birds flock back. Grass as high as an elephant's eye, but there is still so much to see.

 

 

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Day 3 & 4

Over the next 2 days you will explore this remote and untouched national park with bush walks and games drives. See why Katavi is one of the best wildlife destinations in Africa. The valleys and plains around the camp are teeming with wildlife and offer large concentrations of crocodile and hippo. Hippopotamus mass along the creeks, and elephant shake fruit from the great borassus palms. Observe some of the largest herds of buffalo on earth, perhaps with lion, hyena and leopard in pursuit. Katavi offers spectacular scenery and a wild and traditional safari experience. Indulge and relax at your accommodation at Katuma Bush Lodge.

 

Inclusions:

  • Full Board Accommodation and  Meals
  • 1x Chimpanzee Trek  per  
  • Boat Safari (two hours)
  • Concession Fees
  • Return Airstrip Transfer
  • Beach dinner on client’s final
  • Forest or Bird walks
  • Soft drinks and bottled
  • Laundry Services
  • Kayaking

 

Exclusions:

  • Alcoholic Drinks -Cash Bar Available
  • Insurance
  • Items of  a Personal & Gratuities
 

 

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Day 5 Katavi to Mahale

After breakfast you will be transfered to Katavi airstrip and board a shared charter flight from Katavi to Mahale Mountains National Park. On arrival to Mahale airstrip you will be transferred by a traditional dhow boat to your luxury accommodation at the stunning Kungwe Beach Lodge. The dhow cruise takes about 1hour to the camp and there you go you are at the magical entrance to the world of Mahale. The staff will warmly welcome you and you will enjoy lunch at the lodge. After lunch you will enjoy an afternoon hike into the pristine Mahale Mountain jungle.

The Mahale Mountains National Park is in the far west of Tanzania, on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. Named after the Mahale Mountains range that runs through it, it is one of the only places left in the world where you can see chimpanzees in the wild and spend time with a small group - the M Group - who are semi-habituated.

In the 1,613 square kms of the Mahale Mountains, there are still no roads and all you will find are forest paths and tracks made by animals over the years. This, and the fact that the only practical way of reaching camp is by boat, add to the sense of seclusion here. Flying in over the northern end of the mountains, you'll see nothing for many miles and only small villages and local fishermen in dhows dotted along the lake shore.

The park is home to some of the Africa's last remaining wild chimpanzees; a population of roughly 800 (some 60 individual forming the ‘‘M group'') habituated to human visitors by Japanese researchers from Kyoto University in the 1960s. Mahale's mountain ridge is around 50 km in length and runs across the park from the northwest to the southeast. Its tallest peak, Mt Nkungwe at 2462m, is the highest point on Lake Tanganyika's shoreline. The mountains of the Congo, on the opposite side of the lake, can sometimes be seen – some 60kms away – usually during the green season when the air is clear.

 

 

 

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Day 6,7 & 8

For the next 3 days you will arise to a delicious breakfast at the lodge. After enjoying your breakfast you will trek to enjoy the habituated ‘M’ group of chimpanzees as they groom, squabble and delight you with their animated antics. You will return to Kungwe Beach Lodge to enjoy lunch. In the afternoon you are free to enjoy the activities offered by the lodge – these include boat safaris, kayaking, snorkeling or fishing.

 

Inclusions

  • Full Board Accommodation and  Meals
  • 2 x Game Drives per day
  • Soft drinks and bottled  
  • Laundry Services
  • Concession Fee
  • Return Airstrip Transfer

 

Exclusions

Alcoholic Drinks -Cash Bar Available

Insurance

Items of a Personal & Gratuities

 

 

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Day 9

On your last day you will enjoy a leisurely breakfast and you will sadly bid Mahale goodbye as we make your way back to the Mahale Airstrip. The dhow cruise takes about 1 hour and you will get to take your last photos of this paradise. Enjoy an aerial perspective of Mahale as you fly over the mountains and head back to Arusha where your safari concludes. You may wish to add one of our optional safaris as your next destination or you may just like to relax and enjoy a beach break in Zanzibar Island.

 

 

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Day 9

 

Day 9

On your last day you will enjoy a leisurely breakfast and you will sadly bid Mahale goodbye as we make your way back to the Mahale Airstrip. The dhow cruise takes about 1 hour and you will get to take your last photos of this paradise. Enjoy an aerial perspective of Mahale as you fly over the mountains and head back to Arusha where your safari concludes. You may wish to add one of our optional safaris as your next destination or you may just like to relax and enjoy a beach break in Zanzibar Island.

 

 

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