Hidden Southern Tanzania
9 days, 8 nights
Price Range: $7,638 – $11,317
(all-inclusive price per person, depending on dates & camps selected)
“Off the beaten path” is a travel cliché…but every once in a while, a trip comes along that warrants that much-used description. This is that safari. “Serengeti” may be a household word, but Katavi is decidedly not. In this isolated national park in remote western Tanzania, the Katuma River and floodplains attract animals in staggering numbers. Just northwest along Lake Tanganyika lie the Mahale Mountains, where captivating encounters with wild chimpanzees await. Discover why “less traveled” equals “more excitement”!
Our Expert Says
The vast floodplains of southern Tanzania are home to an amazing variety of wildlife. There is something quite remarkable about looking out across a vast expanse of land and seeing animals of various sizes from huge elephants to tiny beetles co-existing in carefully balanced harmony. Our guide was incredible at sharing the tiniest of details with our group, really giving us a huge appreciation of all creatures big and small.
– Kelly Knowles
Day 1: Arusha
Arusha is the safari capital of the world, the jumping-off point for the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Kilimanjaro. In the shadow of Mount Meru, where lush forest intersects grassy savanna, Arusha sits within an agricultural region famed for coffee and tea. Originally a German settlement, Arusha today is a lively city with an international flair. Arusha is noted for handcrafts, and the Cultural Heritage Center boasts an array of carvings, paintings, batiks and baskets.
Days 2-4: Katavi Nat'l Park
Isolated in Tanzania's far southwest corner, this little-visited park offers a genuine wilderness experience. The main focus for wildlife viewing is the Katuma River and floodplains. Seasonal lakes draw myriad waterbirds and Tanzania’s densest concentrations of hippo and crocodile. During the dry season, staggering numbers of animals converge on the shrunken river, with thousands of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra and impala providing easy pickings for lion and hyena.
Days 5-8: Mahale Mountains
Deep in the African interior, accessible only by boat, lies a range of jungle-cloaked peaks overlooking Lake Tanganyika. These mountains shelter about 800 of Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzees. Some have been habituated to human contact, providing one of Africa’s most magical wildlife adventures — tracking and watching chimps in their natural habitat. The rainforest is also home to easily observed troops of monkeys and a kaleidoscopic array of birds.
Day 9: Arusha/Home
Your safari adventure ends today in Arusha, Tanzania.