Your journey at a glance
Indulge the spirit of the adventurer in you as you experience a classical safari in one of East Africa’s most isolated and untouched wild places. Home to some of Africa’s largest herds of buffalo, Katavi boasts a wonderful array of habitats from reeded floodplains to open grasslands, dense forests, clear rivers and seasonal lakes. Explore the magnificent landscapes in search of wildlife in a 4×4 safari vehicle or set off on foot to discover the finer details of the bush.
Opt to spend a night out beneath the stars on an exhilarating fly camping adventure and listen to tales of the legendary huntsman Katabi, who the park is named after, as you relax around a blazing bonfire. A true taste of wild Africa, this adventure is the ideal option for seasoned African travellers looking for an experience that is authentic and out of the ordinary.
What to expect …
Transfer to Arusha Day 1
Upon your arrival at Arusha Airport, you will be met by a member of the &Beyond team who will transfer you to Arusha Coffee Lodge.
Overnight in Arusha Day 1
This attractive little town is situated beneath the towering peaks of Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro. Arusha, renowned as the safari capital of Tanzania, offers a plethora of attractions and adventures. The town has numerous first-class restaurants, bars and markets to browse, and is the ideal place to spend a few relaxing days before embarking on a safari or attempting to scale Kili. Not-to-be-missed is the Arusha National Park (in Ngurdoto Crater), the National Natural History Museum, the Laetoli Footprints (set in volcanic ash, dating back 3 500 000 years) and the beautiful coffee plantations, which dot the landscape.
Spend one night at Arusha Coffee Lodge. Accommodation is in a plantation room. Your stay includes breakfast.
Transfer to Arusha Airport Day 2
After a delicious breakfast you will be transferred to Arusha Airport.
Flight to Katavi National Park Day 2
Board your scheduled light aircraft flight to Ikuu airstrip in the Katavi National Park.
Overnight in Katavi National Park Day 2 - 5
Visit the wilderness of Katavi National Park, located in the western area of Tanzania, which is one of third-largest and most untouched areas of the entire country. Katavi’s dramatic scenery is as varied as it is pristine. Flood plains of thick reeds and dense waterways are home to a huge population of hippo and varied birdlife. In the woodlands to the west, forest canopies shroud herds of buffalo and elephant. Seasonal lakes fill with dirt coloured water after the rains and animals from all corners of the park descend on them to drink. The park is also home to the rare roan and sable antelope species, and is a must-see for the visitor intent on exploring the wilds of the continent.
Enjoy three nights at Chada Katavi in a tent with ensuite bathroom with open air shower only. Your stay includes accommodation, all meals, activities on a shared basis: game drives, walking safaris; scheduled road transfers to/from Katavi (Ikuu) airstrip, drinks (except champagne & premium wines) and laundry.
Stare into the eyes of a buffalo Day 3
Venture into the pristine wilderness of the Katavi National Park in an open 4×4 safari vehicle, hosted by an expert ranger. The park is hailed for its vast herds of buffalo, which roam the magnificent plains, as well as for its flourishing elephant, lion, leopard, crocodile and hippo populations. The park features a series of wide flood plains, blonde with waist high grass in the early dry season, and reminiscent of the Okavango Delta after the rains. Connecting the main flood plains of 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.
Walk across the plains of Katavi Day 4
Revel in the unforgettable opportunity of getting up close with the prized wilderness of the Katavi National Park, on an interpretive walking safari in the company of an armed scout and guide. The park’s endless plains and vast open skies will leave you mesmerised and feeling completely at one with nature. This exceptional game viewing adventure is a wonderful alternative to traditional game drives. Your expert guide will translate the intricacies of the bush and introduce you to its smaller creatures and its larger animal and birdlife.
Flight to Mahale Day 5
After breakfast you will be transferred to Ikuu airstrip for your scheduled light aircraft flight to Mahale.
Overnight in Mahale Day 5 - 9
Set among the forested slopes of the Mahale Mountains, the Mahale Mountains National Park was originally created to protect thousands of chimpanzees. It is renowned for its fantastic sunsets over Lake Tanganyika, which makes it an essential stop for keen photographers and safari enthusiasts. The habitat combines rainforest, grasslands, alpine bamboo and woodland. Some 50 species of animals have been recorded in the Park, predominant among these being representatives from various monkey and ape families, and over 90 unique species of fish swim in the clear waters of the lake.
Enjoy 4 nights at Greystoke Mahale in a banda. Your stay includes accommodation, all meals, activities on a shared basis: chimp trekking, boat trips, deep water swims, forest walks, village visits; scheduled boat transfers to/from Mahale airstrip for Nomad Shared Charter flights and Safari Airlink schedule flights; drinks (except champagne & premium wines) and laundry.
Meander through the Mahale Mountains Day 6
Not only are the forested slopes of the Mahale Mountains home to the playful chimpanzee but many other animals inhabit this flourishing eco-system too. Enjoy a guided forest walk, which will unveil the fantastic fauna and flora of the region; from other primates to bush pigs, a kaleidoscope of butterflies, bushbuck and a plethora of bird species.
Delight in the curious antics of chimpan Day 7
Spend an adventure-filled morning searching the forested slopes of the Mahale Mountain National Park for the elusive chimpanzee. Whilst sightings are never guaranteed, your chances of viewing this charismatic animal is increased with daily treks, which are hosted by knowledgeable guides. Once you have found the resident troop you will have an hour to witness the chimpanzees’ playful antics and how they interact with one another before heading back to the lodge.
Make a splash in Lake Tanganyika Day 8
Lake Tanganyika plays host to an array of water activities for you to enjoy during your stay. Avid fisherman will delight in tranquil days spent casting their rods in these pristine waters. Not-to-be-missed is the opportunity to explore the wonders of the lake by boat. Embark on an exclusive dhow sundowner cruise, lazily following the shoreline and stopping to fish along the way. Alternatively, grab a kayak and explore the waters at your leisure or head inland on foot and take a plunge in a crystal clear mountain pool, fed by a beautiful waterfall.
Departure Day 9
After breakfast you will be driven back to Ikuu airstrip for your scheduled flight to Arusha Airport