Take the road less travelled in remote Western Tanzania, one of Africa’s best-kept secrets. Here you will you safari in solitude and enjoy the rare privilege of tracking chimpanzee in their natural habitat.

Intrepid travellers and adventurous souls will delight in the wilderness haven of Katavi National Park, one of Tanzania’s most densely populated wildlife sanctuaries. Wild and relatively unexplored, Katavi’s massive floodplains connected by a network of fragile seasonal rivers are an undiscovered gem. Incredible sightings include elephant in huge numbers, lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, Nile crocodile and hippo, as well as plains game including both roan and sable antelope.

Mahale Mountains National Park is one of the world’s best destinations for chimpanzee encounters. Accessible only by boat via Lake Tanganyika or by small aircraft, breathtakingly beautiful and road-free Mahale is truly off the beaten track. Its clear blue waters and lush, densely rainforested mountains that rise up out of the lake are a striking contrast to Katavi – and support some of the last remaining wild chimpanzees in Africa, a group of habituated chimps and at least eight other species of primate, as well as predators like leopard, lion and African wild dog.

Itinerary overview

Duration8 days/ 7 nights
CountryTanzania
AccommodationChada KataviGreystoke Mahale
Suited ForFamily & friends; adventure
HighlightsBig-game & primate viewing; elephant encounters; big cats; chimp tracking

Itinerary in detail

Image of Chada Katavi Camp, Katavi National Park

A remote safari outpost, Chada Katavi is about as far as you can get from the tourist circuit. The purposefully low-key, traditional camp of just six East African safari tents blends into the shade trees overlooking the Chada Plain. This camp offers a consciously minimal-impact footprint. Each tent is spacious and comfortable with wide-open fronts giving you panoramic views of the plain and animal life that constantly comes and goes – often wandering right through camp.

Image of Greystoke Mahale, Mahale National Park

Offering simply the best chimpanzee encounters imaginable, Greystoke Mahale is a must. From the minute you sail into the camp’s pristine bay on a traditional dhow, you fall under the spell of Greystoke’s magic. The six en-suite thatch-roofed wooden bandas accessed by raised wooden walkways are light and airy; tucked into the forest line with superb views of Lake Tanganyika, they bring you remarkably close to the birds and wild creatures that are at home in this magical rainforest.

Accommodation in Tanzania

Chada Katavi

Chada Katavi is a small, quiet camp tucked under the shade of towering tamarind and acacia trees on the edge of the Chada plain. Blending seamlessly into the environment, the camp is home to six simple safari tents with large, open fronts, perfect for admiring the expansive views and spotting the many different types of game, from buffalo to elephant, that wander past. Each tent is fully furnished with luxurious linens, beautiful wooden furniture and bush bathrooms. The eco-flush loos and safari-style bucket showers ensure the camp maintains an eco-friendly waterwise approach, due to the dryer summer months. Chada Katavi…

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Accommodation in Tanzania

Greystoke Mahale

Each of the six wood-and-thatch bandas (suites) is set into the forest for ultimate exclusivity, and is made from reclaimed wood sourced from wrecked or old dhows (traditional fishing vessels). Old fisherman’s canoes have been repurposed as ladders, and palm tree fronds from outside the national park have been gathered to create the thatch roofs. Each banda has its own en-suite bathroom, accessible by a short boardwalk, with a hot and cold shower and a toilet. A dressing room as well as an upstairs viewing deck complete the picture. The main dining area on the beach is the only visible…

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"We have all had a wonderful trip and have some great memories.Your planning and organisation was excellent and the whole trip ran extremely smoothly, which made it all the more relaxing for us. We are all keen to return to Africa again sometime."

The McCallum family – England

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