Itinerary in brief:
- 4 nights Katavi National Park
- 3 nights Mahale National Park
- 4 nights Zanzibar
Day 1: Depart UK
Depart the UK from your chosen airport.
Included: International flights
Day 2: Arrive Arusha
Arrive in Kilimanjaro, before taking a one hour transfer to Arusha and connecting on your domestic flight to Katavi Airstrip. Depending on your arrival time, you can enjoy a game drive after lunch at the lodge, where you’ll check in for four nights.
Included: transfers, charter flight, Katuma Bush Lodge, activities, dinner and drinks
Days 3 - 5: Katavi National Park
Katuma Bush Lodge provides an exciting safari experience for its visitors’ due to its location in the heart of Katavi National Park, one of the least visited areas of Tanzania.
Located on the western side of Tanzania, the park contains a vast wetland plain as well as the wild Katuma River which supports the country’s densest population of crocodiles and hippos. During the dry season, the wetlands retreat and the now shallow Katuma River becomes the only source of water for miles, attracting herds of elephants and buffalo to its side, as well as an abundance of giraffes, zebra and impalas. These groups become easy pickings for the pride of lions and hyena clans that stalk the floodplains but the fiercest animal you’ll come across in Katavi are the hippos; being squeezed together into depleting mud pools during the dry season means tempers can rise, resulting in territorial fights between these mighty animals.
On the first and third day, you’ll enjoy a morning and evening game drive, looking out for mammals and birdlife as you drive through this huge park. On the second day, you’ll enjoy a full day game drive, eating a packed lunch when you’re out in the midst of the wildlife – truly a spectacular experience to discuss when you’re back at the lodge that night having sundowners around the fire. Your time here will go quickly but four nights will give you long enough to truly take in this remote national park.
Included: All meals, daily game drives
Day 6: Fly to Lake Tanganyika
After breakfast, you’ll be driven to the airstrip to catch your flight to Kungwe Beach Lodge on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. If there is plenty of time you’ll be able to stop and admire any wildlife you spot on the way. Take the short flight before taking a dhow boat ride for 1.5 hours to the lodge. You’ll be welcomed and check into your room for three nights. Enjoy a delicious lunch here before embarking on an afternoon chimpanzee trek or forest walk, finishing the day with a sundowner as you watch the sun set behind the mountains of the Congo.
Included: All meals, charter flight, daily activities
Day 7 and 8: Mahale Mountains National Park
Accessible only by boat or air, Mahale Mountains National Park is one of the most isolated parks in Africa. Dots of lonely golden beaches and lush jungle-covered peaks make up the park, which is home to approximately 800 chimpanzees. Each morning here you’ll enjoy a chimpanzee trek, looking out for these curious creatures in the dense foliage before spending your afternoons at leisure, enjoying the lodge, kayaking on the lake, or taking a boat safari along the shore.
As the park is so huge, chimpanzees have flourished here as they can fade away into the mountains whenever predators come near – this is the only place in Africa where chimpanzees and lions coexist. Researchers have habituated a group of around 60 which you’ll visit, climbing through the mountains to find these captivating primates is a magical experience. Exploring Mahale is a joy - listening for rare birdcalls over the general hum of life in the forest and watching monkeys squabble over fruit – you’ll feel so small in this mighty forest.
Included: All meals, daily activities
Day 9: Fly to Zanzibar
After breakfast this morning, you’ll be transferred on the dhow boat back to Mahale Airstrip and catch your flight back to Zanzibar, via Arusha. On arrival, you’ll be driven to your hotel where you can settle in for four nights. We recommend you head straight to the beach!
Included: Breakfast, transfers, charter flight, dinner, 3* hotel
Days 10 - 12: Zanzibar
And relax! After all that exploration on safari, you deserve some beach time! These four days are for you to relax; whether you want to snorkel in the crystalline waters, take a sailing tour around the island or simply laze on the beach under the warm African sun. You could also take a sailing tour to Pange sandbank for a picnic, head to the north of the island to swim with dolphins or indulge in a local cooking class and enjoy the flavours that make Zanzibar famous.
If you can drag yourself away from the beach, then a few hours in historic Stone Town is a nice way to spend the morning. If you’d like to see more of the island then a tour of the spice plantations around full of nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper will show you the green interior of the island. However you spend your day, you can end each night with a delicious seafood dinner under the stars and toast a cocktail to your wonderful holiday in Tanzania.
Included: 3* hotel, half board
Day 13: Depart Zanzibar
After breakfast, you’ll be driven back to the airport in time for your flight home.
Included: Transfers, international flights
Day 14: Arrive UK