Serengeti, Katavi and Mahale: Wilderness Africa at its Very Best.

13 Days from £7749 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
13 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Primate Watching
Luxury
Off The Beaten Track

Venturing well off the main Tanzanian tourist circuit, this tour must rate as one of the wildest safaris to be had in all Africa. You begin by flying into the far north of the Serengeti: vast, unspoilt and served by a mere handful of small lodges. Along with great resident game, this area plays host to the wildebeest migration which occurs from July to November.

Next comes Katavi with its wide open spaces, huge wildlife congregations and small wilderness camps. Finally, Mahale gives exclusive access to Africa’s best chimpanzee trekking and primate watching in the lush rainforest which lines the shores of beautiful Lake Tanganyika.

Three fantastic game parks plus three of the very best safari lodges equals the ultimate African wildlife experience.

Itinerary

Price from £7749 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart London

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Serengeti

Arrive Nairobi and connect with onward flight to Kilimanjaro (Arusha). Transfer to domestic airport and take flight to Kogatende. Met on arrival and transfer to lodge in the Serengeti National Park.

Staying at Lamai Serengeti. Includes All Meals.

Day 3 - Serengeti National Park

Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park. The plains here support an exceptional diversity of large game throughout the year with elephant, hippo, black rhino, giraffe, buffalo, eland, Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelles, Burchell’s zebra, lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyena and many more. During the annual wildebeest migration, the nearby Mara River offers one of the more spectacular crossing points where the massing animals run the gauntlet of waiting crocodiles and lions.

Staying at Lamai Serengeti. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Serengeti National Park

Enjoy morning and afternoon games drives in the world famous Serengeti National Park.

Staying at Lamai Serengeti. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Katavi Plains National Park

Transfer to airstrip and take 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 Chada Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Katavi Plains National Park

Morning and afternoon safaris in the wilderness of Katavi 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. The park’s waterways contain 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 Chada Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Katavi Plains National Park

Another day of safaris and guided walks in Katavi Plains National Park.

Staying at Katavi Chada Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Mahale Mountains National Park

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

Staying at Greystoke Mahale. 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, various other 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 close chimp encounters.

Staying at Greystoke Mahale. 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 Greystoke Mahale. 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 Greystoke Mahale. Includes All Meals.

Day 12 - Arusha

Free morning to relax and then transfer by boat back to the airstrip. Take a shared charter flight to Arusha. Day use of hotel. 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 Arusha with Kenya Airways via Nairobi.

Area Specialist

Jonathan Morris
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This itinerary works with any of the lodges in the Serengeti. Ask our consultants about which would be best for the migration at the time you are travelling, or switch to one of the mobile camps that shift their location throughout the year.

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

It was a great experience. Very friendly and wildlife stupendous. We had a great time and remember it fondly.

Drs A & J E - Surrey

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Lamai Serengeti : -1.650610, 34.907451
Chada Katavi: -6.938922, 31.249995
Greystoke Mahale: -6.138537, 29.733011