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AKT/1617: 7 Day Safari to Katavi, Mahale and Gombe

7 Day Safari to Katavi, Mahale and Gombe

Itinerary Highlights

  • Duration in days: 7
  • Itinerary Category:   Great Lake,  Safari
  • Destinations: Katavi, Mahale and Gombe
  • Major Attractions: Hippo tamus, Buffalo, Mahale Mountain and Chimpanzee
  • Budget Level:  Standard
  • Guiding Language: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian
  • Start point: Dar es Salaam
  • End point: Dar es Salaam
  • Essential items: Digital Camera with enough memory space and extra batteries, binoculars, light clothes, safari boot, mosquito repellents, sunhat, sunglasses with ultra violet radiation filtering etc
  • Additional information: Night game drives in the park will be accompanied by game rangers

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What You Will See At Katavi, Mahale And Gombe

















Itinerary Description By Day

Day 1: Depart by Air from Dar es Salaam to Katavi National Park
Transfer to the Airport in time for your flight from Dar, by shared charter plane (two-hours), fly to Katavi National Park.
Day 2: Full Day of Walking Safaris and Game Drives in Katavi
Have breakfast early in the morning, then afterward you will start a safari with packed lunch enjoy full day game drive as you explore this remote western wilderness. Katavi is the third largest park in Tanzania but is one of the least visited. You can expect to see huge herds of herbivores and pods of hippos, and a kaleidoscope of birds. Katavi National Park is at its best in the dry season, when the plains fill with thousands of zebra, topi and impala. Hartebeest, giraffe, and Defassa waterbuck are also very common, there’s a large population of resident elephants, and some impressive herds of buffalo.
Day 3: Depart from Katavi to the Mahale Mountains
Take breakfast early in the morning then take a shared chartered flight (one-hour) to the Mahale Mountains. Then transfer in boat along Lake Tanganyika. In the afternoon have foot-walking safari in the Mahale Mountains.
Day 4: The Mahale Mountains full day Chimpanzee tracking
Morning after breakfast walk to Mahale Mountain for Chimpanzee tracking in the forest, Chimpanzee tracking is the main attraction at Mahale, and is always given a high priority. Tracking usually begins early in the morning with the escort of safari guides. The tracking usually starts at the area where the Chimpanzees nested the previous night and tracking from there.


Day 5: Depart to Kigoma Town then transfer to Gombe
After breakfast early in the morning, then transfer to the lake side for boarding a boat which will take you to Gombe Stream National park. With only 53 sq km this is the smallest park in Tanzania, is located about 20 km North of Kigoma and can be reached only by boat. The main attraction is the chimpanzee families that live protected in the park’s boundaries. Visitors take walks deep into the forest to observe and sit with the extraordinary primates for an entire morning. Gombe became well known for the conservation project started from Jane Goodall, who first arrived in Gombe in1960. Apart from chimpanzee viewing, many other species of primates live in Gombe Stream’s tropical forests, like velvet and colobus monkeys, baboons. Break for a while for lunch and afterwards proceed with Chimpanzee tracking in the forest.


Day 6: Full day Game Viewing and Chimpanzee Tracking in Gombe
Have a full day chimpanzee tracking in Gombe. Also have a visit to the forest and then, proceed to the waterfalls and visit the Lake. Have a short break to have lunch in the afternoon and proceed with the late afternoon tour in Gombe Stream National Park.


Day 7: Transfer from Gombe Stream to Kigoma then to Dar es Salaam
After breakfast early in the morning visit Dr Livingstone Memorial at Ujiji village, which contain with some of the last remains of the surroundings of this intrepid explorer’s house. Under two historical mango trees, the memorial’s caretaker tells visitors the tale of Dr Livingstone fascinating and his famous expedition into Africa. In the afternoon transfer to Kigoma Airport in time for your schedule flight back to Dar es Salaam where the tour will be end.


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