Katavi National Park and Gombe Stream National Park - 8 Days

Katavi Natioanl Park

8 Days Katavi and Gombe is a well rounded African Safari that offers wildlife photography safari and chimp tracking. They are one of the two western circuit parks of Tanzania.

Katavi National Park

Katavi National Park is the third largest park in Tanzania. The wildlife is untouched and unspoiled of all the parks in Tanzania. The size of the park is 4,471 sq kms. Katavi National Park was established in 1974.

The park is located in the remote south west part of Tanzania, where the rift valley waters flow into Lake Rukwa.

The park also holds River Katuma and Lake Katavi and Lake Chada.

The animals that you can view are herds of buffaloes, hippos, elephants and variety of bird life. During the rainy season, the lakes and rivers are filled with varied bird life and animals coming for water.

Katavi’s most singular wildlife spectacle is provided by its hippos. Towards the end of the dry season, up to 200 individuals might flop together in any riverine pool of sufficient depth. And as more hippos gather in one place, so does male rivalry heat up – bloody territorial fights are an everyday incident.

Gombe Stream National Park

Gombe Stream National Park is on the western border of Tanzania, bordering with Congo. The park is on Lake Tangayika with untamed, huge and thick forest.

Apart from Chimpanzee trekking that Gombe Stream National Park is well known for, you can perform forest hikes and swimming.

The park is also famous for the primatologist, Jane Goodall, who has discovered a lot about the endangered Chimpanzees.

Apart from the primates, you can see many other animals such as vervet and colobus monkeys. Also, you can view forest pigs, baboons, variety of bird life and antelopes.

Gombe Stream National Park is 52 sq kms, considered the smallest park in Tanzania. It inhabits the great and endangered chimpanzees. It is 16 kms (10 miles) from Kigoma town.

Chimpanzees have over 90 percent of their genes matching with human beings. This is visible by their act of happiness, sadness, many other emotions.

After dusk, a dazzling night sky is complemented by the lanterns of hundreds of small wooden boats. The boats are bobbing on the lake like a sprawling city.

8 Days Katavi and Gombe offers game viewing of variety of animals and primates at the same time. It is a great combination of parks and wilderness.

8 Days Katavi and Gombe is a well rounded African Safari that offers wildlife photography safari and chimp tracking in one of the two western circuit parks of Tanzania.

Day 1
Thursday – Arusha Airport to Katavi National Park

Take a morning chartered flight from Arusha Airport for Katavi. Upon arrival at Katavi Airstrip, meet, greet by your driver/ guide and en-route game drive to the lodge.

Warm welcome by the lodge staff followed by hot lunch. Afternoon or early evening game drive (if time permits).

Dinner and overnight

Day 2
Friday – Katavi National Park

After breakfast, depart for morning game drive Later, return to the Lodge for hot lunch.

Afternoon, relax at the lodge or perform swimming at the lodge.

Afternoon or early evening game drive (if time permits).

Dinner and overnight

Day 3
Saturday – Katavi National Park

After breakfast, full day game drive in Katavi National Park with picnic lunch.

Dinner and overnight

Day 4
Sunday – Katavi National Park

After breakfast, depart for morning game drive Later, return to the Lodge for hot lunch.

Afternoon, relax at the lodge or perform swimming at the lodge.

Afternoon or early evening game drive (if time permits).

Dinner and overnight

Day 5
Monday – Katavi National Park to Gombe Stream National Park

After breakfast, en-route game drive as you had to Katavi Airstrip for your flight to Kigoma Airport. Upon arrival in Kigoma, meet, greet by your driver and transfer to Kigoma Hilltop Hotel.

Later, dhow boat transfer to the lodge in Gombe Stream National Park (1.5 hours).

Warm welcome by the lodge staff followed by hot lunch. Afternoon or early evening chimpanzee trekking or forest walk (if time allows).

Dinner and overnight

Day 6
Tuesday – Gombe Stream National Park

After breakfast, depart for morning chimpanzee trekking. Later, return to the Lodge for hot lunch.

Afternoon, relax at the lodge or perform Kayaking.

Dinner and overnight

Day 7
Wednesday – Gombe Stream National Park

After breakfast, depart for morning chimpanzee trekking. Later, return to the Lodge for hot lunch.

Afternoon, relax at the lodge or perform Kayaking.

Dinner and overnight

Day 8
Monday – Gombe Stream National Park to Arusha Airport

After breakfast, take a dhow transfer (1.5 hours) to Kigoma. Upon arrival to Kigoma Town, take a airport transfer to Kigoma Airport for your chartered flight to Arusha with picnic lunch.

Price Includes:

  • Full Board Accommodation and Meals as specified in the itinerary. Packed lunch on day of departure
  • Shared Charter Flights (Arusha - Katavi - Kigoma - Arusha). Luggage allowance of 15kgs per person.
  • Local beers, selection of spirits and house wines, soft drinks and water
  • Daily Conservation, Concession and Guide fees for park entrance
  • Guiding with English Speaking Driver/Guide.
  • Game drives in a 4x4 vehicle on a shared basis in Katavi
  • 1 x Chimpanzee Trek per day in Gombe
  • Birding and forest walks in Gombe
  • All Government taxes and levies; VAT and TDL
  • All transfers as indicated
  • All laundry services

Price Excludes:

  • All items of personal nature
  • Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, camp staff and guides
  • Medical Insurance and Evacuation
  • • Flying doctors coverage: Optional @ USD 50 dollars per person. Covers guest within East Africa for a period of 14 days. In the event of a medical emergency, guest will be airlifted to a hospital in Nairobi. All hospital charges with be payable by the guest. Request more information on coverage.

The currents rates are for 5 Jan – 28 Feb, 1
Nov – 20 Dec

High Season falls between 1 – 4 Jan, 1 Jun – 31
Oct, 21 – 31 Dec.

High season supplement is:

USD 475 per person sharing

*Western Circuit lodges are closed from 1 March to 31 May
*Charges based on 2pax sharing
*The minimum participating age for chimpanzee trekking as determined by TANAPA is 15 years old
*Bookings are subject to availability

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Trip Facts

  • Minimum 2
  • Game drives, Chimpanzee tracking
  • Katavi National Park, Gombe Stream National Park
  • 8 days
  • Mbali Mbali Katavi Lodge, Mbali Mbali Gombe Lodge

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