A combined trip with Mahale chimpanzees and Katavi big game: a week in western Tanzania exploring some the remotest parts of the country with outstandingly renowned guides.
Flights between Mahale & Katavi are free. Starting from Arusha you will head into areas only accessible by air.
REMOTENESS; Western Tanzania is a long way away...the best places often are! This safari is a unique opportunity to enjoy one of the remotest regions in Africa. As far as safaris go, this is one of the most unique, remote and awe inspiring trips to be had in Africa.
RAW AFRICAN BUSH; Prepare to have your mind blown in Katavi amidst some of the greatest concentrations of large mammals in the world. In the rivers crocodiles and hippopotami are everywhere. As the season progresses and the rivers dwindle, crocs skulk into mud caves or pile themselves brazenly under shady trees. Then hundreds of hippos are forced together in ever smaller wallows. Tensions erupt. Sometimes only the strongest of them survive!
CHIMPANZEES, the main reason for making the journey down to Mahale is of course to see the
chimpanzees. Mahale is home to one of the largest populations of wild chimps, and Greystoke
has access to a habituated community known as the M Group.
Although the chimps are the main event, the forests of Mahale are teeming with a variety
of other primates. Camp is often visited by colobus monkeys and baboons, and plays host to warthogs and the rare blue duiker. And then there's the incredible forest flora and
From $7,103 per person - Low Season
From $9,780 per person - High Season
Full board accommodation
*Activities on a shared basis
Scheduled boat transfers to/from Mahale & Katavi airstrips
Return domestic flights from Arusha
Tourism development levy
Parks' Board; entry, concession & activity fees
***Mandatory Evacuation cover
****Hotel stay in Arusha
Hotel / airport transfers
Champagne & Premium wines
*MAHALE - Chimp trekking, boat trips, deep water swims, forest walks, village visits. KATAVI - Game drives & walking safaris
**(except Champagne & premium wines)
***Mandatory AMREF (Africa Medical Research Foundation) Flying Doctor Evacuation cover for 30 days: cost of this evacuation cover is only $5. If you wish us to remove the cover then we are assuming you have enrolled yourself and you are taking full responsibility for your evacuation in the event of an emergency.
****Can be arranged for a supplement if requested at time of booking - city tours are also available
Pick your season...
01st to 15th November
Rainy season tropical forest feeling & enchanting sunsets and sunrises in Mahale
Easy Chimpanzee Treks (close to camp)
Still wonderful for game viewing in Katavi though compared to the condensed concentration of game of the dry season, it pales slightly.
Rains begin to fall and plains turn from yellow and brown to green.
Grass is still short and game is easily spotted.
Though elephants’ and lions’ habits become less predictable with the increase in water sources, an experienced guide is rarely snookered by this.
Buffalo may begin to be seen in larger numbers again on the Chada and Katisunga plains as grasses grow taller toward the end of the month.
July to October
Dry & warm weather
July - Less challenging treks. Afternoons in / on the lake
August - Chimps closer to camp and can be heard vocalising
September - Chimpanzees close to camp. Fishing on the lake - guests fishing, not the chimps!
October - chimp treks close to camp. Possibility of animals crossing the beach
Arusha to Greystoke Mahale
Fly from Arusha to Mahale Mountains National Park
Departure is between 07h00 - 08h00 and the flight is about 5 hours, with a refuel stop in Tabora & Katavi before arriving in MahaleMountains National Park. This flight really illustrates just how remote and untouched this part of Tanzania is. There is nothing but wilderness for miles as you fly over the country.
Travel by Dhow to Greystoke Mahale Lodge
Once you arrive in Mahale you will be met by famously fabulous guides and taken by dhow to camp. This boat trip takes about an hour and a half and skims along the shoreline of the impossibly clear Lake Tanganyika with the Mahale Mountains rising from the beach. Turning the corner and catching a first glimpse of the iconic Greystoke beach and mess is always a memorable moment.
You will share the mountains and the lake with so many animals, but it's the chimps that really inspire. Time spent with them is time away from everything else that is ordinary. But, there's more. Hike the forest paths looking for all the other animals who quietly live there. Swim in pools up in mountain waterfalls, take a kayak out for a dawn paddle and enjoy the sunrise coming up over the mountains. Have sundowners on our old wooden dhow, stopping to fish along the way, or just relax on the warm sands of the beach with a drink in hand. Greystoke has been in this remarkable place for over 20 years, and guests are still in awe of it. It's impossible not to be!
Mahale to Arusha
Fly from Mahale Mountains National Park to Arusha
This flight will take about five hours, with stops in Katavi and Tabora to refuel.
Arrival time in Arusha is normally around 18h00.