* Experience an authentic and private wildlife viewing adventure in one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations.
* Travel off the well-beaten path to revel in the peaceful atmosphere of Tanzania’s lesser-visited wilderness areas of Katavi and Mahale.
* Stay in comfortable tented camps designed to blend harmoniously into the natural surroundings, including an innovative mobile camp that follows in the footsteps of the Great Migration.
* Enjoy a variety of activities from game drives and walking safaris to river and lake cruises, as well as hikes along forest trails.
* Photograph a variety of iconic African wildlife—lions, elephants, wild dogs, zebras, chimps, buffalo, and stately giraffes.
DEPART USA / KILIMANJARO, TANZANIA
Board your independent flight to Tanzania. Arrive in Kilimanjaro on November 7 and transfer to our Rivertrees Country Inn for dinner and overnight.
KILIMANJARO / SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
This morning board our flight for Serengeti National Park. The park’s plains are home to the greatest concentration of large mammals on Earth, and you will embark on frequent game drives to search for the immense herds. Spend the next three nights under canvas at Serengeti Safari Camp, an innovative mobile camp that follows in the footsteps of the Great Mirgration. The camp is well equipped and caters for all the reasonable ‘creature comforts.’ Gather in the candlelit canvas mess for meals, after which you may relax around the fire and share the stories of the days adventures. There is a also separate library and lounge tent.
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Spend two full days exploring on twice-daily game drives through the acacia savannas and grasslands of the Serengeti. During November, the camp is usually located in the northern Serengeti, close to either the Mara or Bologonja Rivers, offering great game viewing and the potential to witness crossings of either of the rivers. Commonly encountered species include wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, topi, impala and hartebeest along with predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and wild dog. Along the network of rivers and lakes, you may find hippos and crocodiles. You’ll have ample opportunity in camp to learn more about our experts, including personable local guides who strive to bring Africa to life during your safari.
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK / KATAVI NATIONAL PARK
Rise early this morning for our flight to Katavi National Park. Though Katavi is Tanzania’s third-largest park, its remote location keeps visitor numbers low, giving you an intimate safari experience. Check in to Chada Katavi. Designed to blend in with the surroundings, each spacious tent offers expansive views of the Chada Plain and the constant stream of wildlife. After settling in, depart on your first game drive in Katavi National Park.
KATAVI NATIONAL PARK
Katavi, in the far west of Tanzania, is a seldom-visited wilderness that is almost untouched by humans. The park centers on a series of wide flood plains where large herds of Cape buffalo and elephants can be found. Your visit is timed during the dry season, when shrinking pools and watering holes fill up with huge pods of hippos, and all kinds of animals are drawn to dwindling seasonal rivers. Search for wildlife during game drives, while bush walks across the endless golden plains offer the opportunity to observe more timid creatures that often take flight at the sound of a vehicle.
KATAVI NATIONAL PARK / MAHALE NATIONAL PARK
This morning our flight departs for Mahale National Park which lies on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. Since there are no roads or other infrastructure within the park boundaries, we transfer from the airstrip to the park via boat. Arrive at Greystoke Mahale situated on a pristine, white sandy beach overlooking the turquoise water of Lake Tanganyika, with the forested slopes of the 8,000-foot-high Mahale Mountains rising behind.
MAHALE NATIONAL PARK
Mahale is one of only two protected areas for chimpanzees in Tanzania, and the population here is the largest in the country. Japanese researchers in the 1960s, have habituated the chimps to the presence of human observers. Hike into the mountains with local guides to search for the chimps, with the opportunity to sit quietly to watch them go about their daily lives. 335 bird species have been recorded here. Other activities include dhow cruises and fishing in Lake Tanganyika, strolling the forest trails, or simply lounging on the sandy beach to soak in your surroundings.
MAHALE NATIONAL PARK / KILIMANJARO / USA
Enjoy one last morning hike through the forest before boarding our flight to the Kilimanjaro airport. Board your independent international flight this evening. Arrive in the USA the next day.