Featured Safari:
A week in remote Western Tanzania - Mahale chimps and Katavi big game

A unique opportunity to enjoy one of the remotest regions in Africa

Access is by our own shared flights from & back to Arusha, via the Serengeti on request, operating on Mon & Thur only

Monday dept - 3nts Chada Katavi & 4nts Greystoke Mahale

Thursday dept - 4nts Chada Katavi & 3nts Greystoke Mahale

These safaris include walking safaris, game drives, flycamping, boating and, as the highlight, chimp trekking in the forests of Mahale Mountains

Code: 12346/9679/12347

July to October is the best time for game & weather
June & November also good and excellent value

June 2018 from $7,800pps

July - September 2018 from $9,100pp

October 2018 from $8,200pp

November 2018 from $5,900pp

All prices are per person sharing.

Includes stay 7 for 5 in Nomad camps for travel outside of July - September.

Our special offers do not apply over the Christmas period so if you'd like to know more please enquire

  • Our flights between Northern Tanzania and Western Tanzania are on Mondays and Thursdays only, with a departure from Arusha around 0800, routing via Serengeti to Katavi, then Mahale, returning to Arusha around 1800. There's normally a stop en route both ways, at Tabora in central Tanzania, to refuel and stretch the legs.
  • Monday departures from Arusha give you 3 nights Chada Katavi and 4 nights Greystoke Mahale, whilst Thursday departures give you 4 nights at Chada Katavi and 3 nights at Greystoke Mahale.
  • We can easily organize pick-ups and/or drop-offs in the Serengeti pre or post a safari in the West, or alternatively can arrange onward flights to Ruaha, Selous and Zanzibar & other islands.  
  • We welcome children of 8 at Greystoke Mahale, and children over 12 at Chada Katavi. We can only offer walking and fly camping at Chada Katavi to children over 16, and chimp trekking at Greystoke Mahale to children of 12 and above - this purely for sensible safety reasons.

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Day 1. Chada Katavi

  • Early morning departure from Arusha via the Serengeti (dependent on schedule) and Tabora to refuel. Arrive into Katavi in time for a late lunch and a siesta.
  • Take a short afternoon walk with one of our safari guides and armed scout and see more of the the area around camp, getting back in time for sundowners around the fire and supper in the mess tent.

Accommodation: Chada Katavi


Day 2. Chada Katavi

  • Morning game drive and head further into the wilds of Katavi. Katavi is renowned for its game, huge herds of buffalo and elephants are often on the plains in front of camp and the animal interaction can be intense.
  • We'd suggest sundowners out on the plains, the light is gorgeous at that time of day and watch the big herds of buffalo come in.

Accommodation: Chada Katavi


Day 3. Katavi fly camp

  • Another early start to beat the heat; explore further afield and take a picnic lunch with you stopping at your fly camp where you'll spend the night.
  • After lunch we'd suggest a short walk around this new area, back in camp in time for sundowners followed by dinner. 

Accommodation: Chada Katavi


Day 4. Chada Katavi

  • Wake in your fly camp and enjoy a cook-out breakfast.
  • The choice is yours if you'd like to do a short walk, then a game drive back to camp or hop in the vehicle and drive back to camp the long way.
  • We always love a siesta after lunch, then how about a gentle stroll and bird walk around the camp and environs before drinks around the fire and supper.

Accommodation: Chada Katavi

mahale wide shot

Day 5. Greystoke Mahale

  • Mid-morning departure from Chada Katavi for your one-hour flight to Mahale airstrip, followed by a 90 minute trip down the lake in the dhow to Greystoke Mahale with lunch on board.
  • After arrival, settle into Greystoke, meeting the staff who will also tell you about the chimping activities and all else on offer here.  Afternoon at leisure to take a dhow cruise down the lake, a spot of fishing,  a short forest hike, or just relax on the beach or in the mess.
  • Meet at the bar for sundowner drinks before dinner in the mess.

Accommodation: Greystoke Mahale

Day 6. Greystoke Mahale

  • After breakfast in the mess, the scouts and trackers will tell you the whereabouts of the chimps. Head off in two groups of six, walking up the narrow mountain trails to find them.  On reaching the chimps, spend an hour with them whilst they do their own thing, eating, foraging, playing, squabbling...
  • After a well-earned lunch in the mess, head off on the dhow for a deep water swim out in the lake. At sunset enjoy a beach supper under the stars as the sun sets over the lake.

Accommodation: Greystoke Mahale

Day 7. Greystoke Mahale

  • Start the day with more chimp trekking after breakfast; take snacks along with you, sometimes you have to walk quite far. If you've walked far the boat might meet you and take you on a gentle cruise back to camp.
  • Catch up on the day's stories around the bar, before dinner in the main mess.

Accommodation: Greystoke Mahale


Day 8. Depart

  • Head out early morning in one of our kayaks and have your first cup of coffee out in the middle of the lake or enjoy a relaxed morning in camp before boarding the dhow and heading back up to the airstrip before boarding the plane back to Arusha and your onwards travels.


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