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Greystoke Mahale, Tanzania

Western Tanzania: Chimpanzees & safari

11-day tailor-made holiday from £12,085 pp incl. flights


Short description

A once-in-a-lifetime safari to the wild remotes of Western Tanzania


  • Go trekking in the Mahale Mountains in search of chimpanzees
  • Watch elephants and hippos from your camp in Katavi National Park
  • Relax on the shores of Lake Tanganyika
  • Make the most of your stay with included light aircraft flights between camps
  • Stay at Arusha Coffee Lodge - a boutique spa hotel in the shadow of Mt Meru

In Brief

  • 1 Night Arusha
  • 3 Nights Katavi National Park
  • 4 Nights Lake Tanganyika


Recommended for:
Activity adventure | Natural world | Safari | Wildlife

This unique safari adventure takes in a remote and untouched part of western Tanzania, bringing you right up close to some of the country's most spectacular landscapes and iconic wildlife. You'll begin with four nights in a tented camp and marvel at the game-rich Katavi National Park, followed by an unforgettable stay at Greystoke Mahale, which sits on the beach on Lake Tanganyika with the Mahale Mountains as its backdrop. This is a magical region, home to one of the largest groups of chimpanzees in Africa. Spend your days enjoying safari game drives, guided bush walks, dhow cruises, scenic sundowners and much more besides. This really is a safari of a lifetime.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Depart UK

You'll start your holiday in style with included VIP airport lounge access before your overnight flight to Arusha.

Day 2

Arrive into Arusha and transfer to the Arusha Coffee Lodge, a luxury boutique hotel in the shadow of Mt Meru. Take to to unwind with a dip in the pool or a massage at the Peaberries Spa, or join a tour of the coffee estate for the chance to learn about coffee production from plant to cup. 

Stay: Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge (Superior)

Days 3-5
Chada Katavi

Transfer by light aircraft from Arusha to to Katavi in remote Western Tanzania. On arrival, transfer to Chada Katavi lodge where your safari begins. You''l then spend a magical few days at this remote tented camp, host to six spacious tents, raised off the ground and open at the front allowing fresh air to flow in and amazing views of the wilderness and passing wildlife. Rise early each morning to the sounds of the bush and embark on a walk with your ranger, who'll bring you up close to elephants and myriad other species, from lions to hippos, that come down to the river to drink. And, after days exploring the reserve, you'll enjoy convivial evenings, trading stories over sundowners, taken around a campfire under a canopy of stars.

Stay: Chada Katavi, Western Tanzania (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Lake Tanganyika

This morning, after a delicious breakfast, you'll head to the airstrip for the short flight to Greystoke Mahale where you'll continue your adventure in Western Tanzania. The anticipation of your arrival is only enhanced as you step aboard a traditional dhow for a cruise across the lake to your lodge, nestled on a secluded beach in the shadow of the Mahale Mountains.

Stay: Greystoke Mahale, Western Tanzania (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Days 7-9
Greystoke Mahale, Lake Tanganyika

Greystoke Mahale offers a unique opportunity to come face to face with one of Africa's most endangered species – chimpanzees. And, in the company of an expert guide and tracker, you'll go in search of these magnificent creatures on daily treks high into the mountains. That's between a host of other activities, which include hiking the mountain trails and cooling off in waterfalls along the way. There's also the chance to try your hand at kayaking, snorkelling and fishing on the lake before settling down to delicious meals – all included in the price – and sunset cruises on the dhow. 

Stay: Greystoke Mahale, Western Tanzania (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Days 10-11

Fly by light aircraft back to Kilimanjaro for your return flight to the UK, arriving on day 11. Or why let your consultant extend your stay with a Zanzibar beach break.

Blog: Best African Safari Experiences



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior

11-day tailor-made holiday
from £12,085 pp incl. flights


Low Season

from £12,085 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £13,415 pp. incl. flights


  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights between the UK and Johannesburg
  • Shared charter flights between Arusha, Katavi, Mahale and Kilimanjaro
  • Shared transfers
  • 1 night accommodation in a 5* (Deluxe) lodge on a half-board basis
  • 7 nights accommodation in 5* (Deluxe) lodges on a full-board basis including house drinks
  • Shared daily safari activities
  • Boat trips and forest walks
  • Shared full day chimpanzee tracking excursion
  • All national park and concession fees

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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