West Tanzania - Katavi and Mahale

Combine the true wilderness of Katavi with the magical experience of trekking the Chimps in the Mahale mountains. An 8 day adventure not to be missed.

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you will fly between properties which are in the Nomad Portfolio of lodges. They aim to provide the best possible accommodation and attention to detail making you feel like your staying in a home away from home.

Itinerary

Day 1 - KataviMeals: L D
This morning you will make your way to the Arusha airport in time for your charter flight from Arusha to Katavi departing at  08h00am and arriving at 11h10am. On arrival at the airstrip you will be met and transfered to the camp in time for a late lunch. This afternoon you will have a game drives and various activities that you will organise with the camp manager.

Accommodation: Chada Camp Katavi
Day 2 - KataviMeals: B L D
Today you will enjoy a full day in beautiful Katavi, where all your game drives, and camp activites will be arranged by your camp manager. After such an enjoyable day the perfect way to finish is by watching the sun set over this stunning part of Africa.

Accommodation: Chada Camp Katavi
Day 3 - KataviMeals: B L D
Today wake up early in order to enjoy the true beauty of an early morning game drive. If you pre arrange it you can also enjoy breakfast out in the bush, a wonderful way to spend your last morning in the park. Later enjoy a sun set drink after your afternoon game drive. A perfect end to a dreamy three days.

Accommodation: Chada Camp Katavi
Day 4 - Mahale MountainsMeals: B L D
This morning after breakfast you will be transfered to the airstrip in time for your scheduled flight from Katavi to the Mahale Mountains. On arrival at the airstrip you will get a Boat transfer to the camp where you will enjoy a late lunch before spending the rest of the afternoon relaxing by the lake.

Accommodation: Greystoke Mahale
Day 5 - Mahale MountainsMeals: B L D
This morning as the sun rises over the lake so should you. Early mornings are the best time to take in the magic of the mountains and relax before the days activities begin. Later in the day its time for a cocktail while you relax by the lake.

Accommodation: Greystoke Mahale
Day 6 - Mahale MountainsMeals: B L D
Today you will trek the Chimps. This incredible experience will stay for you forever as you see these creatures in there natural habitat. After your trek you will be in need of a hot shower and a drink overlooking the lake.

Accommodation: Greystoke Mahale
Day 7 - Mahale MountainsMeals: B L D
As today is your last day spend it relaxing and taking in the lovely surroundings...take the boat out and enjoy one last walk and one last African sunset!
Day 8 - DepartMeals: B
This morning after breakfast you will be transfered by boat back to the aistrip where you will board your scheduled flight back to Arusha. Here you will be met and transfered to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home.
Included
  • Accommodation as stated above
  • Park Entrance fees 
  • All game drives and activities in Katavi as per the itinerary in a shared 4x4 WD safari vehicle driven by a professsional English speaking driver guide
  • Transfers as stated in the itinerary
  • Current Government taxes and levies
  • Shared charter flights Arusha/Katavi/Mahale/Arusha  
  • All drinks execpt champagne
  • Laundry
Excluded

   

  • Domestic & International flights not mentioned above
  • International and domestic departure tax not mentioned
  • Visas
  • Travel and health insurance
  • Gratuities to your guide, hotel staff and porters
  • Any other items of a personal nature, such as drinks, laundry, telephone and postage.

Tour starts/ends:

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Starts: Unless otherwise stated, most tours start in Arusha. Zanzibar tours start at Zanzibar Airport.

Ends:  See itinerary for details

Note: we can also pick you up or drop you off at the hotel of your choice in the greater Arusha area if you notify us in advance. 

Expected group size:

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On regular group tours the expected total group size is between 2 and 10 travellers.

Type of vehicles used:

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In Tanzania all your transfers and game drives will be in 4x4’s.

Level of ability required:

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Although there will be no special strength and fitness requirements, please note that safari lodges situated in remote areas are by their very nature lacking in many of the modern conveniences found in cities. For this reason please be prepared for uneven floors and sometimes challenging access.

You must be able-bodied and have the ability to move independently without help on most of our tours. If you have any specific mobility requirements please contact us beforehand.

Food and dietary information:

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The food prepared at the lodges and/or hotels on this tour will be of an international nature and suited to a broad range of visitors. If you have any specific dietary requirements please let us know in advance so that we can inform the lodges and hotels along the route. Alcoholic drinks, unless specifically mentioned in the itinerary, are not included in the price.

Health and vaccinations:

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You should speak to your health provider about what vaccinations you will need for your trip to Kenya. In addition, most doctors recommend taking anti-malarial pills for your visit and following measures to avoid being bitten by mosquitos, such as covering up exposed arms and legs. Lodges will provide mosquito nets over the beds.

If you take any medication, be sure to bring it with you, as well as details of your prescription. 

We advise all travellers to take out comprehensive travel insurance before their trip.

What to wear:

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Important note: If your itinerary includes a leg of the journey on a light aircraft then please be advised that the maximum TOTAL weight allowance including hand luggage is 15kg (approx.. 33lbs) and all luggage must be in a soft bag i.e. NOT a suitcase. These rules are imposed by the airlines and we are unable to make allowances.

We recommend that you do not forget to pack the following:

- Insect repellant cream/spray

- Camera and binoculars

- A torch (flashlight)

- A waterproof/dustproof bag

 

What to wear:

Although Tanzania lies in the tropics it can get chilly in the evenings and early mornings. On this trip we recommend that you include the following in your baggage:

- A pair of sturdy lightweight shoes or boots

- Light coloured clothing with long sleeves and legs for the evenings and early mornings

- A hat to keep the strong sun off your head

Visa requirements:

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Depending on your nationality you will probably need a tourist visa to enter Tanzania for this tour. The current cost of a single-entry tourist visa is USD 50 per person if traveling on a British Passport and $100 per person for an American passport holder (subject to change) Other nationalities vary in fee’s from free to $50, and these can be purchased on arrival, for most nationals, in all major currencies.

For more comprehensive information visit the Project Visa website. 

Cancellations:

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If you need to cancel your trip for whatever reason, please get in touch with as soon as possible.

For more information about cancellations and refunds please refer to our general Terms & Conditions.

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