Katavi National Park and Mahale Mountains National Park - 8 Days

Mahale mountains national park

8 Days Katavi and Mahale 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.

Mahale Mountains National Park

Mahale Mountains National Park is a park on the western park of Tanzania, inhabiting around 900 endangered chimpanzees. Gombe Stream National Park is north of Mahale Mountains National Park. It is 1,650 sq kms in size.

The park is borders by Lake Tangayika, world’s longest lake. This lake is also the second deepest and least polluted fresh water lake. You can see over 1,000 species of fishes in the lake.

Mahale Mountains National Park is accessible all year round, however, the best time for you to visit is during the dry season, which falls between May to October. During the dry season, you will be able to see chimpanzees in large numbers.

Apart from Chimpanzee tracking, you can also perform hiking to the Mahale Mountains National Park’s highest point at 8,096 ft, called Nkungwe peak, relax at the shores of Lake Tangayika, Snorkeling, culture tours and sport fishing.

Mahale Mountains National Park was inhabited by Batongwe and Holoholo tribes with 22,000 and 12,500 people respectively, recorded in 1987. However, these tribes were relocated outside the park before establishing it as a national park in 1985.

8 Days Katavi and Mahale 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 Mahale 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.

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 Mahale Mountains National Park

After breakfast, en-route game drive as you had to Katavi Airstrip for your flight to Mahale. Upon arrival in Mahale Airstrip, meet, greet by your driver and transfer by dhow boat to the lodge in Mahale Mountains 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 – Mahale Mountains 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 – Mahale Mountains National Park

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

Afternoon, relax at the lodge. Late afternoon, perform a boat safari along the lake shore.

Dinner and overnight

Day 8
Thursday – Mahale Mountains National Park to Arusha Airport

After breakfast, take a dhow transfer (1.5 hours) to Mahale Airstrip. Upon arrival, take 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 - Mahale - 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 Mahale
  • 1 x Boat Safari in Mahale
  • • Option 1: See the hippos, take a short river cruise, and try your hand at local methods of freshwater fishing
  • • Option 2: Visit a neighboring fishing village, Katumbi, for a cultural tour
  • • Pay for an additional boat safari and do both
  • Birding and forest walks in Mahale
  • 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 740 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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  • Minimum 2
  • Game drives, Chimpanzee tracking
  • Katavi National Park, Mahale Mountains National Park
  • 8 days
  • Mbali Mbali Katavi Lodge, Mbali Mbali Gombe Lodge

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