12-Day Tanzania's Wild West
12-Day Tanzania's Wild West
12-Day Tanzania's Wild West
12 Days in South Africa
From $10740 pp (USD)
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Add an extra thrill to your adventure and set out on foot in Ruaha, a park where super prides of lion are common and herds of buffalo, antelope and elephant roam across the landscape. Explore Katavi, a million-acre remote paradise of golden floodplains filled with buffalo and elephant and rivers occupied by grunting pods of hippo. Head to the Mahale Mountains and spend the mornings searching for the magnificent chimp families and the afternoons fishing in the sparkling waters of Lake Tanganyika.
Tour Summary
Ethiopia Congo (DRC) Madagascar Seychelles Mauritius Reunion Swaziland Botswana Kenya Malawi Mozambique Namibia Rwanda South Africa Lesotho Tanzania Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe
You'll go to Tanzania
You'll visit Dar es Salaam, Ruaha NP, Katavi NP, Mahale Mountains NP & Dar es Salaam Airport
This tour starts and ends in Dar es Salaam - Getting there
Tour Features
Luxury tour
This luxury tour uses lodges and hotels.
Private tour
This tour will be organized exclusively for you. However, wildlife viewing activities are run by the lodges/camps and will be shared with others.
Can start any day
If availability permits, this tour can start on any day.
Can be customized
You can request changes to this tour.
Suitable for solo travelers
Solo travelers can book this private tour.
12
Minimum age of 12 years
The minimum age for this tour is 12 years.
Activities & Transportation
Activities: game drives, evening/night game drives, walking safaris (with an armed guide), nature hikes/walks & boat trip
Getting around: open-sided 4x4 vehicle, normal 4x4 vehicle & air transfer
This operator can help select your international flights, but you'll have to book them yourself help
A transfer from and back to the airport is included
Accommodation & Meals
Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for an extra cost
Day Accommodation Meals
1 Southern Sun Dar es Salaam
Luxury hotel in or near Dar es Salaam
Breakfast Included
2-4 Kwihala Camp
Luxury tented bush camp (with rustic facilities) inside Ruaha NP
All Meals Included
5-7 Chada Katavi
Luxury tented bush camp (with rustic facilities) inside Katavi NP
All Meals Included
8-11 Greystoke Mahale
Luxury lodge (with rustic facilities) inside Mahale Mountains NP
All Meals Included
12 End of tour
(No accommodation)
Breakfast & Lunch Included
Next:Day by Day

Arrival

(See Getting there for more details)
  • You'll be collected from the airport.
  • Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.
A night in Dar es Salaam

Day 1 A night in Dar es Salaam

You'll be driven from the airport to the Southern Sun Dar es Salaam Hotel. The minute you enter the reception area, you'll be aware of the change in atmosphere. Here, where old-world charm, gorgeous surroundings, wide smiles and a warm welcome combine with modern amenities and services, you'll be made to feel right at home. Venture out to see the city's major landmarks and attractions such as the botanical gardens, all of which are conveniently close by, or organise a trip into the game-rich interior safe in the knowledge that there's a peaceful place to rest your head when you return. Explore the sights, sounds and aromas of this historical port then, after dinner, take a stroll down to the beachfront. Love a safari? Arrange an expedition to any of the country's game-rich wildlife reserves with the on-site tour operator.
Main Destination: Dar Es Salaam
Accommodation: Southern Sun Dar es Salaam
  • Luxury hotel located in or near Dar es Salaam
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
A perfect cocktail of remote wildness and luxury in Ruaha

Day 2-4 A perfect cocktail of remote wildness and luxury in Ruaha

You will be transferred to Kwihala Camp. This small and personal tented camp in the Ruaha National Park operates from June to March. It has all the bells and whistles available at a mobile camp. Secluded in a bushwillow thicket, just to the North of the Mwagusi Sand River, it is the perfect vantage point from which to explore the area. The camp’s location is said to be one of the best in Ruaha, being close to the water yet far enough away from other camps to create a sense of privacy. Intimate safari does not get much better than this. This land locked camp’s experiences are based on the raw untouched bush that surrounds it. You’re spoilt for choice and quality here. Choose from day or night game drives, wonderful birding and, to top it off, some of the best and most secluded bush walks Tanzania has to offer. Nocturnal game drives reveal unusual creatures and excitement as antelope come out to feed in the cool of the night and predators take advantage of the dark to hunt.
Main Destination: Ruaha National Park
Best Time to Visit
June to October
High Season
June to October (Ruaha rarely experiences crowds)
Best Weather
June to October (Rains are very rare)

Wildlife in Ruaha National Park

Elephant Elephant Common
Giraffe Giraffe Common
Lion Lion Common
Buffalo Buffalo Common
Zebra Zebra Common
Hippo Hippo Common
Leopard Leopard Occasional
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Accommodation: Kwihala Camp
  • Luxury tented bush camp (with rustic facilities) located inside Ruaha NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • All drinks (Premium wines & liquors might be excluded)
Safari in Katavi National Park

Day 5-7 Safari in Katavi National Park

Established 20 years ago on the very same site it sits today, Chada is a camp of pioneering spirit, simple luxuries and genuinely astonishing safari. Hidden in the shade of fragrant tamarind trees, the six tents are some of only a handful in the million acres of National Park, making it one of the most rewarding places to visit in East Africa. It is said that Katavi receives fewer visitors in a year than the Serengeti does in a day, but with a hauntingly beautiful landscape and seemingly endless herds of game, we strongly suggest that you are one of the few... Days at Chada are about freedom and adventure; game drives typically depart twice a day, but are very flexible and off road driving is also allowed which is a rare occurrence nowadays and very exciting! We also recommend squeezing in a walking safari for some wildlife encounters of the up close and personal kind, and an all day drive to get further afield, complete with exotic picnic to be enjoyed under the shade of the trees.
Main Destination: Katavi National Park
Best Time to Visit
August to October
High Season
July to October (Katavi is rarely crowded)
Best Weather
June to October (Little to no rainfall)

Wildlife in Katavi National Park

Elephant Elephant Common
Giraffe Giraffe Common
Lion Lion Common
Buffalo Buffalo Abundant
Zebra Zebra Common
Hippo Hippo Abundant
Leopard Leopard Occasional
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Accommodation: Chada Katavi
  • Luxury tented bush camp (with rustic facilities) located inside Katavi NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • All drinks (Premium wines & liquors might be excluded)
Stay in the Mahale Mountains

Day 8-11 Stay in the Mahale Mountains

Located in the idyllic lost world that is the Mahale Mountains National Park, Greystoke Mahale is a byword for adventure. In the 1980s, explorer Roland Purcell built the first Mahale Mountains camp on the edge of the forest, captivated by his sensational surroundings and the magnificent chimpanzee population that roamed wild. Today, the camp has changed somewhat and beautiful wooden bandas have replaced the tents of old, but the magic and allure remain. This is a place where wildlife dreams come true and a hideaway that, selfishly, you hope no-one else ever discovers… Greystoke’s raison d’etre is chimps. There is a group of around 60 chimps that most guests set out to view. Hikes can take from 2 to 7 hours and the pathways are bumpy and sometimes steep so a general level of fitness is required. But when you catch sight of the chimps foraging in the leafy undergrowth, everything else is forgotten. This is exceptional wildlife viewing at its very, very best.
Main Destination: Mahale Mountains National Park (Chimps)
Best Time to Visit
July to October (Chimp trekking is easy)
High Season
July to October (Mahale is never crowded)
Best Weather
June to October (Almost no rainfall)

Wildlife in Mahale Mountains National Park (Chimps)

Common
Hippo Hippo Occasional
Elephant Elephant Rare
Giraffe Giraffe Rare
Leopard Leopard Rare
Zebra Zebra Rare
Lion Lion Very Rare
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Accommodation: Greystoke Mahale
  • Luxury lodge (with rustic facilities) located inside Mahale Mountains NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • All drinks (Premium wines & liquors might be excluded)
End in Dar es Salaam International Airport

Day 12 End in Dar es Salaam International Airport

You will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey.
Main Destination: Dar Es Salaam Airport
Accommodation: No accommodation
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)
  • Non-alcoholic drinks

End of tour

(See Getting there for more details)
  • You'll be collected from the airport.
  • Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.
Next: Rates

Important to Know

  • Rates are per person and exclude the international flight from/to your home country.
  • This tour must be paid in US dollars (USD). The ZAR rates shown are converted for information purposes only. Disclaimer
  • This tour accepts children who are 12 years and older.

Rates Per Person

Start dates
Solo 1 room
2+ people Sharing rooms
Mar 7, 2020 - May 20, 2020
$15321
$13035
May 21, 2020 - Jun 26, 2020
$15328
$13769
Jun 27, 2020 - Oct 23, 2020
$16540
$14320
Oct 24, 2020 - Dec 12, 2020
$12420
$10740
Dec 13, 2020 - Dec 31, 2020
$16419
$14412
N/A* = Not Available. This is Unavailable For Single Travelers.
Mar 7, 2020 - May 20, 2020
May 21, 2020 - Jun 26, 2020
Jun 27, 2020 - Oct 23, 2020
Oct 24, 2020 - Dec 12, 2020
Dec 13, 2020 - Dec 31, 2020
N/A* = Not Available. This is Unavailable For Single Travelers.
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Included
  • Park fees(For non-residents)
  • All activities(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation(Unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All flights during the tour
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks(As specified in the day-by-day section)
Excluded
  • International flights(From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips(Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Some meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
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Included
  • Park fees(For non-residents)
  • All activities(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation(Unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All flights during the tour
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks(As specified in the day-by-day section)
Excluded
  • International flights(From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips(Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Some meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
Getting There
This tour starts and ends in Dar Es Salaam
This operator can help select your international flights, but you'll have to book them yourself help
Fly to/from Julius Nyerere Airport (DAR - Check price) in Dar es Salaam
A transfer from and back to the airport is included
Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for an extra cost
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