Humankind first evolved in Africa, and our closest evolutionary relative, the chimpanzee, is still found here. See these primates up close during an Independent journey to three of Tanzania's premiere game viewing sites: Katavi National Park, home to countless roaming buffalo; the vast plains of the Serengeti; and Mahale National Park, where chimpanzee live in the isolated mountain forest.
The Safari Itinerary
Days 1-2: Arusha
Fly to Arusha, where you are met and transferred to the Arusha Coffee Lodge, an intimate, luxurious property situated on a picturesque working coffee plantation.
Day 3: Arusha - Katavi
Fly to Katavi, arriving at Chada Camp Katavi in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive
Days 4-5: Katavi
From this remote location, begin your wilderness safari with bush walks and game drives in open vehicles. Hippopotamus mass along the creeks, and elephant shake fruit from the great borassus palms. See some of the largest herds of buffalo on earth, perhaps with a lion in pursuit.
Day 6: Katavi - Mahale
Depart by air to Mahale National Park and Greystoke Mahale Camp, overlooking Lake Tanganyika.
Days 7-9: Mahale
This most isolated of settings is home to the world’s largest known population of chimps. Observe them playing, foraging, grooming and hunting in the forested slopes of the Mahale Mountains. The forest also houses eight other primate species. You may see leopard, bushbuck, bush pig and colorful bird and butterfly during your stay, too.
Day 10: Mahale - Serengeti
Fly to Serengeti Game Reserve. Dinner and overnight at The Sopa Lodge (South-Serengeti)
Days 11-12: Serengeti
View abundant, resident wildlife and breathtaking panoramas in the Serengeti, site of the seasonal Great Migration and home to the Big 5. Overnight Sopa Lodge.
Day 13: Serengeti - Arusha
Fly to Arusha for lunch, where a dayroom awaits until departure.