Upon arrival in Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania, you’ll be met by a Barking Zebra staff member and driven to tonight’s lodge near Arusha; or the gateway to your great journey that awaits.
Set out to discover East Africa’s wildlife amid the stunning Great Rift Valley landscape – Lake Manyara, which Ernest Hemingway thought as “the loveliest lake in Africa.” The lake is a birder’s heaven visited by 300 migratory species and has the largest population of baboons in all Africa. The park is home to elephants, hippos, giraffes and the famed Manyara tree-climbing lions.
Short drive to Ngorongoro Crater where volcanic slopes shelter almost 25,000 animals. The crater floor is a mixture of habitats that break the monotony of grassland. You are never out of sight of wildlife when driving on the caldera’s floor. Seek out the Big five and observe the interactions of predators and prey.
Witness the incredible Serengeti Migration, where more than a million wildebeest and 500,000 zebra make an annual march across the plains in pursuit of fresh grass. Depending on the season, fly to southern Serengeti or northern Serengeti in search of thundering herds of migratory animals. For the next three days, venture out on multiple daily game-viewing drives.
Optional activities: Hot-Air Balloon safari complete with champagne breakfast.
Embark on an early flight from the Serengeti to Mahale Mountains located on the shore of Lake Tanganyika, Africa’s deepest lake. On arrival you’ll take a short boat ride to the remote Greystoke Camp, located in one of Tanzania’s most beautiful settings. The steep Mahale Mountains rise up just behind your camp creating a fantastic backdrop for the second part of your safari. When you are not tracking the wild chimps, there is plenty to do at Greystoke during your three day stay. Hop on the dhow for a deep water swim, or try your luck with a fishing rod in the crystal clear lake or take a gentle cruise to look for birds and hippos or simply, relax on the deck with a book and enjoy the attention of the lovely camp crew.
After breakfast take the boat back along the lake to the airstrip, where you board a bush plane flight to Arusha. Spend time visiting a local arts center before your evening flight home or continue to Zanzibar or other destinations in Tanzania.
Recommended Adventure Length: 4 Days | 3 Nights
Price varies seasonally. Please contact us for current price.
Internal Air From: $1,390 per person
Internal Air Routing: Arusha/Katavi/Arusha
Optional Activities: Night game drives and fly camping – advance booking required.
Katavi lies within western region of Tanzania. Although grand in scope, Katavi’s remoteness makes it the least visited of Tanzania’s major savanna reserves. This makes the park the ideal safari destination for those seeking a true bush experience and raw wilderness.
Katavi supports thousand-strong buffalo herds and further offers fantastic sightings for: elephant, lion, zebra, giraffe, crocodile, hartebeest, topi, impala and reedbuck. The park regulations are a little less restrictive here. The walking safari and off-road driving permitted in Katavi enables safarists to make the most out of important sightings.
Katavi is mostly known as a dry-season reserve. During the rainy season, vehicle tracks are largely impassable and wildlife viewing is erratic. The best time to visit Katavi is between July and October when the animals converge on the floodplains.
We highly recommend to combine Katavi with the other superb highlight of Tanzania West – Mahale Mountains chimpanzee safari.
Day 1 Arrive to Katavi National Park
Fly to Katavi, a remote, undeveloped wilderness area in western Tanzania. Katavi is renowned for its game, huge herds of buffalo and elephants that can be seen on the plains in front of your camp.
Day 2-3 Katavi
On each of two activity-filled days in the bush, embark on morning and afternoon game drives across Chada Plains in search of lions, cheetahs, leopards and hunting dogs. Katavi has similar wildlife to Ruaha, with an enviable selection of antelope including topi, roan and sable often found in large herds.
We suggest exploring the plains further out with a picnic lunch and overnight at a fly camp. Fly camping is not included in the price and should always be arranged in advance. Please contact us for prices.
Day 4 Arusha
After breakfast fly to Arusha for your out-bound departure or continue with exploring more of Tanzania.
Chada is a small and intimate camp, resting beneath shady trees, with just six safari bush tents – simple, but yet stylish.
Each of the tents is spacious and comfortable with en- suite showers. Wide-open verandas offer panoramic views of the plains and animal life that constantly comes and goes.
In a clearing you’ll find the dining tent and a library where guests are welcome to sit and relax with a pair of binoculars in hand. An evening drink around the campfire is the essence of safari, helping to round off a day of excitement out in the wild.
Chada is a wild camp, aiming to suit those who want a traditional safari experience, with good food, comfortable beds, and great guiding. You’re immersed in Katavi bush, not insulated from it – and in one of the most remote and wild reserves in East Africa.
This option is highly recommended during your stay in Katavi, and it’s available as a supplement. The fly camps are shared, and guests sleep under spacious mosquito net tents, equipped with comfortable safari bedrolls. The camp staff provides a full breakfast, light lunch and a three course candlelit dinner.
Fly-camping is should always be arranged in advance. More information on fly camping.