Ruaha, Katavi and Mahale: Tanzania’s Hidden Gems

13 Days from £6498 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
13 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Primate Watching
Off The Beaten Track

Ruaha, Katavi and Mahale are three of Tanzania’s most exclusive, remote and rewarding national parks. They should really feature on every wildlife enthusiast’s Tanzania agenda but the high cost of flights and accommodation tend to put them out of reach of most visitors.

In this superlative tailor-made itinerary we use special charter flights plus mid-range lodges to make it all a little more affordable. Opt in and you will be amply rewarded with unforgettable wildlife encounters, true wilderness and a slice of Africa that has remained unchanged for centuries.

Itinerary

Price from £6498 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart London

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Ruaha National Park

Connect in Nairobi and arrive Dar es Salaam. Take flight to Ruaha National Park. Large numbers of elephants can be seen here and the waterholes attract other game animals and corresponding carnivores including large prides of lions, leopard and cheetah. Other wildlife includes both roan and sable antelope, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, lesser kudu, large herds of zebra, healthy populations of wild dogs and over 500 species of birds.

Staying at Ruaha River Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 3 - Ruaha National Park

Game drives in open sided 4x4 vehicles in the fantastic Ruaha National Park.

Staying at Ruaha River Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Ruaha National Park

Enjoy another day of safaris in the park.

Staying at Ruaha River Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Katavi Plains National Park

Transfer to airstrip and take charter flight to Katavi Plains National Park. Remote and wild, Katavi covers 4,500 sq km, making it Tanzania’s third largest park. There is a high concentration of hippo, crocodile, buffalo, impala, eland, topi and zebra, while lion and leopard are never far away.

Staying at Katavi Wildlife Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Katavi Plains National Park

Morning and afternoon safaris in the wilderness of Katavi Plains National Park. Large herds of buffalo and other herbivores are commonplace, even around the camp, and the park supports a particularly large zebra population. Other common species include topi, hartebeest, eland, waterbuck, impala, southern and bohor reedbuck, giraffe, warthog and the rare roan antelope. Katavi’s waterways also support large densities of hippo and crocodile. Carnivores are well represented too with lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, spotted hyena, caracal, serval and African wild cat. The bird, reptile and butterfly diversity is also very impressive.

Staying at Katavi Wildlife Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Katavi Plains National Park

Another day of safaris and guided walks in the national park.

Staying at Katavi Wildlife Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Mahale Mountains National Park

Transfer to airstrip and take charter flight to Mahale. Met on arrival and board boat for transfer to your lodge in the lush Mahale Mountains National Park. The lodge is within hiking distance from the world’s largest population of habituated chimpanzees.

Staying at Kungwe Beach Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Mahale Mountains National Park

Morning chimpanzee trekking (on a shared basis). Afternoon free for relaxation or lake activities. As well as chimpanzees, there are eight other species of primate, shyer forest mammals, leopards, birds, butterflies, giant vines and waterfalls to discover. The lake in front of the lodge itself is beautiful with crystal clear water, kayaking, fishing and a white sand beach - great for relaxing between chimp encounters.

Staying at Kungwe Beach Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Mahale Mountains National Park

Morning chimpanzee trekking (on a shared basis). Afternoon free for relaxation or lake activities.

Staying at Kungwe Beach Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Mahale Mountains National Park

Morning chimpanzee trekking (on a shared basis). Afternoon free for relaxation or lake activities.

Staying at Kungwe Beach Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 12 - Dar es Salaam

Free morning to relax and then transfer by boat back to the airstrip. Take a shared charter flight to Dar es Salaam. Day use of hotel and transfer to the airport and take flight to Nairobi. Connect with onward overnight flight to London.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 13 - Arrive London Heathrow

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Fly from London Heathrow to Dar es Salaam with Kenya Airways via Nairobi.

Area Specialist

Jonathan Morris
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If some seaside is desired, continue on to Mafia Island at the end of your trip to complete the off the beaten track wildlife experience. Great snorkelling and diving in a little-visited marine national park would be your reward.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

The sheer wealth of animals in Serengeti is amazing. We have been on several previous safaris but never seen such vast herds.

Dr J A - Cambridge

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Ruaha River Lodge : -7.765593, 34.870866
Katavi Wilderness Camp : -6.897052, 31.160113
Kungwe Beach Lodge: -6.129514, 29.731701