Western Tanzania presents a unique opportunity to escape the tourist crowds and enter the heart of the bush. You can see chimpanzees in their natural habitat at Gombe Stream or Mahale Mountains and trek through breathtaking forests. Katavi is exceptional for hippos and lions. You can also visit the great lakes like Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika, Lake Nyasa (Malawi), and Lake Rukwa. Because of the extreme distances involved in visiting West Tanzania, most safaris are flying safaris. If you wish to see an example of both a luxury trip and a lodge trip have a look at our safari itinerary below:
Day 1: Depart by Air to Katavi N. Park
Depart from Arusha or Dar, by shared charter plane (two hours), and fly to Katavi National Park. Afternoon game drive and late afternoon/evening walking safari. Dinner and overnight at Katuma Bush Lodge.
Day 2: Walking Safaris & Game Drives
After breakfast, a Morning walking safari to explore the Katavi floodplain. Late morning break for picnic brunch. Afternoon game drive to Katavi’s inner side. Dinner and overnight at Katuma Bush Lodge.
Day 3: Walking Safaris & Game Drives
After breakfast, spend another day exploring the Katavi floodplain. Afternoon game drive to Katavi’s inner side. Dinner and overnight at Katuma Bush Lodge.
Day 4: Depart for the Mahale Mountains
After breakfast; take a shared chartered flight (one-hour) to the Mahale Mountains. Transfer by boat along Lake Tanganyika. Afternoon foot-walking safari in the Mahale Mountains. Dinner and overnight at Nkungwe Beach Lodge
Day 5&6: Full Days – Mahale Mountains
Spend two full days of bird-watching and chimpanzee tracking in the Mahale Mountains. Picnic lunches in the mountain forest, afternoon walking safaris in the mountains followed by late afternoon leisure time along the beach on Lake Tanganyika. Dinner and overnight at Nkungwe Beach Lodge
Day 7: Depart Mahale for Kigoma Town
After breakfast departs for Kigoma by boat. Arrive in Kigoma Town in time for lunch. Afternoon and late afternoon of leisure Dinner and overnight at Kigoma Hill Top Hotel
Day 8 – Depart Kigoma Town for the Gombe Stream
After breakfast; depart for the Gombe Stream by boat along Lake Tanganyika. After arrival, proceed with game viewing/chimpanzee tracking and climb the Kakombe waterfalls. Overnight at Gombe Forest Lodge
Day: Game & Chimpanzee Tracking
After breakfast, go game viewing, bird-watching, chimpanzee tracking, and climb to Jane’s peak in Gombe Stream National Park. Overnight at Gombe Forest Lodge
Day 10 – Gombe Stream to Kigoma – Dar:
After breakfast, return by boat then 4WD to Kigoma Town. Lunch at Kigoma Hill Top Hotel. Transfer to the airport for the 18:00 scheduled flight to Dar es Salaam. Arrive in Dar es Salaam overnight or for your connecting flight.
All Park entry fees
Pick up from the Airport
Boat & Walking safari
Transport 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser with pop-up roof with driver cum guide
Overnight at the Hotels/Lodge/Tented Camps according to the program
Complimentary bottles of drinking water 1.5 litter per person per day during safari
Price not includes:
International flights & Domestic flights
Fees for passports, visas, immunizations, and insurance
Tips for staff such as driver cum guides/chef/porter
Expenses of personal nature (like souvenirs)