Day 1, 2 & 3 Flight Arusha - Mahale Mountains - Chimpanzee tracking - Greystoke Mahale
This morning you will be driven to Arusha Airport to catch your flight to Mahale Mountains. On arrival, a guide from Greystoke Mahale will take you by boat from the airstrip to the National Park. It takes around one hour to get to the camp which is located on the shore of Lake Tanganyika.
During your stay in Mahale Mountains NP, you will go chimpanzee tracking every day (apart from the days you arrive and leave). The main purpose of a visit to this remote area is to encounter and observe chimpanzees in their natural habitat. Mahale Mountains is home to some of Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzees: one group of approximately 800 chimpanzees are habituated, allowing close observation. Smaller and larger groups of these chimps are spread over a huge area. You will be guided by a tracker/ranger of the park in the mornings and it usually takes 1-2 hours to find the chimps.
The terrain is steep, passing through diverse forest fauna and can be quite demanding as, naturally, the animals do not always remain in the same place. More than 90% of clients to Mahale have seen chimps, so your chances of success are very good. You can stay one to two hours with the apes, depending on how many visitors there are on each day. The ranger/tracker decides when it is time to return to the camp. The best time to meet the animals is during a rest period, which they normally spend on the ground. When hiking and climbing in the forest you can also see beautiful plants, other monkeys, small mammals and birds. In the afternoons simply relax in this green, completely undisturbed environment.
Day 4, 5, 6, Flight to Katavi - Game drives Katavi National Park – Chada Katavi
Today the boat takes you back to the airstrip of Mahale Mountains National Park, where you will catch your flight to Katavi National Park. On arrival you will be met and driven to Chada Katavi for lunch. You can choose between full day game drives with picnic lunch or morning and afternoon drives with lunch at the camp.
Katavi is the most remote and inaccessible of the Tanzanian national parks, which is what makes it so special. Here, nature is completely undisturbed and the fauna is amazing. Typical pictures of Katavi show big herds of buffaloes, zebras and topis, ponds with hippos and crocodiles and elephants in small families. Roan and Sable antelope are the highlights of the park. You can see lions and with a bit of luck, leopards, as well as rare sightings of wild dogs. Game driving in Katavi is all about discovery, even for experienced driver guides. The tranquil atmosphere in the camp and the animal sounds at night top off your stay in this pristine wilderness.
Day 7 Flight Katavi - Arusha
Today you will fly back to Arusha. This is where your safari ends!
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