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Tour Overview

This is the perfect combination of a bush and beach retreat especially perfect for couples or family looking for adventure in a romantic setting.

Travel off the beaten track to one of Tanzania’s most remote destinations and enjoy that feeling of having Africa all to yourself. Katavi National Park is Tanzania’s third largest national park and game drives will include encounters with some of Tanzania’s largest concentrations of hippo, crocodile and buffalo.

Visit between May and June to catch migratory birds. Highlights of this safari include game drives, bush lunches or breakfasts and sundowners. Add on an optional Night Game Drive or book a boat safari for a more safari experience.

Travel by dhow boat on the crystal clear waters of Lake Tanganyika, the world’s second deepest lake, to visit with the chimpanzees in one of Tanzania’s most untouched destinations. In Mahale Mountains National Park, Japanese researchers have studied an estimated population of about 1000 chimpanzees since the 1960’s. Highlights of this safari include chimpanzee trekking, bird watching, fishing excursions, kayaking, barbeques and sundowners on the beach.

DAY 1: FLY FROM DAR ES SALAAM TO MPANDA

Fly from Dar Es Salaam to Mpanda depart 07:00am, arrive 08:45 am. Vehicle transfer to the lodge combined with game drives. Staff welcome and introductions followed by lunch.
Afternoon/early evening game drives. Evening sundowners, dinner, and overnight at the lodge.
● Flights operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday only.

DAY 2: GAME DRIVES IN KATAVI NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, depart the lodge for your morning game drive at the Katavi National Park. Return to the lodge for brunch/early lunch. Afternoon at leisure . Afternoon/early evening game drive. Evening sundowner, dinner and overnight at the lodge.

DAY 3: GAME DRIVE IN KATAVI NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, depart the lodge for a full day game drive of the Katavi National Park with a packed lunch. Return to the lodge in the late afternoon. Evening sundowner, dinner and overnight at the lodge.
● Book an optional night game drive.
● Book an optional walking safari with armed ranger

DAY 4: TRANSFER TO LUKOMA VILLAGE and TRANSFER TO MAHALE BY BOAT

Transfer from Mahale to Kigoma to Lukoma village by vehicle and dhow boat transfer (approx. 45 min) to the Mahale. Dinner, and overnight.

DAY 5: CHIMPANZEE TRACKING IN MAHALE

You will spend a full day chimpanzee tracking in Mahale. Chimpanzees normally move in search of food and nest wherever there’s an abundant food source such as their favorite fruit. Dinner and overnight

DAY 6: CHIMPANZEE TRACKING and BOAT SAFARI

After breakfast, depart for morning chimpanzee trekking. Return to the lodge for hot lunch. afternoon boat safari in Mahale, see the hippos, take a short river cruise, and try your hand at local methods of freshwater fishing. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

DAY 7: CHIMPANZEE TRACKING & TRANSFER TO KIGOMA

After breakfast, depart for morning chimpanzee trekking. Return to the lodge for hot lunch. Transfer by dhow boat transfer to Lukoma village and vehicle transfer to Kigoma and overnight Kigoma Hilltop Lodge or similar

DAY 8: FLY FROM KIGOMA TO DAR

After breakfast, transfer to KIGOMA airport for the flight to Dar Es Salaam

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