Wild Tanzania: The Heart of Africa

Wild Tanzania: The Heart of Africa



This nine-day journey is a true old-style safari that ranges from great grasslands to unspoiled jungles, with a boggling array of prime megafauna upon which to feast your eyes.

from $9,670 pp    9 Days/8 Nights     $1074/Day

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Surrounded by animals who call these jungles and forests home—chimpanzees, rare antelope, water buffalo, hippos—and civilizations whose people continue to live much as they did thousands of years ago, this nine-day adventure immerses you in the core of life on this continent. The highlight is a stay at the lakefront Greystoke Mahale, winner of this year's Best Safari Experience in Africa and also showered with awards for its design, location, community focus, walking safaris, and guide team. With local expert guides, singular base camps, and one-of-a-kind experiences planned, you'll never have an intimate experience in Africa quite like this.


This feeling exerts a fierce pull, and it’s one of the many reasons we always go back for more. And this trip is one of the greatest we’ve been fortunate enough to experience—a magnificent, otherworldly week spent in Western Tanzania. If you’re looking for the wildest, least-visited, and most amazing parks in Africa, this is definitely the escape for you. This nine-day journey is a true old-style safari that ranges from great grasslands to unspoiled jungles, with a boggling array of prime megafauna upon which to feast your eyes: elephants, hippos, crocodiles, water buffalo, zebra, chimpanzees, and more. It also happens to feature one of the most striking, unbelievable outposts we've ever seen—Greystoke Mahale, resting right on the beach. Read on to find out how we take you there.

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Day 1

Arusha, Tanzania



After a long inbound flight, Machweo is the perfect spot for rejuvenation before your journey into the Tanzanian wilds begins. You'll be greeted by private vehicle at Kilimanjaro International Airport, and your driver will escort you to this tranquil retreat, where you can enjoy outside dining, African-fusion cuisine, and a landscaped garden.


Days 2, 3, 4

Katavi National Park



Katavi National Park, established in 1974 and one of the country's largest such areas, is remote and truly wild. Its limited accessibility means only the most intrepid travelers are able to experience its amazing safaris. Chada Katavi is your key to the wilderness. The camp itself is small and intimate, ensuring little impact on the surrounding environment. Six safari tents seem so much a part of the landscape that it isn't uncommon to be able to view game right through your tent flaps. The highlight for many guests is the Katavi walking safari; without the noise of a vehicle or the presence of a large group, your guide will be able to get you closer to wildlife than you dared dream of. Spend one of your nights out in the bush at a remote fly camp, where you'll take in the sunset over a candlelit three-course dinner. As you stare out over the expansive African plains, you might just have to remind yourself that the hustle and bustle of the rest of the world still exists.


Days 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Mahale Mountains National Park



Once you've finished walking and fly-camping in the vast and untrammeled Katavi wilderness, you'll find yourself monkeying around at the award-winning Greystoke Mahale in search of chimpanzees. You're in for an exceptional treat at this property, which took home numerous honors at the 2019 Safari Awards, including the top accolade: Best Safari Experience in Africa. Greystoke Mahale also won the best location and best design categories and received awards for its community-focused efforts, walking safari, and guide team. Set on the shoreline of Lake Tanganyika, one of the few unspoiled ecosystems on the planet, you'll arrive via boat, a unforgettable and scenic adventure in itself. From here, guides will take you into the surrounding environs to track the local community of chimpanzees. You can also hike forest paths, dive into pools filled by mountain waterfalls, and kayak out into the lake (just watch out for crocs). Wind down with a starlit meal on the shore, inhale the scent of jasmine from your open-air room, and meditate to the sounds emanating from the jungle in the surrounding hills.



  • A walking safari in Africa’s wildest west

  • Fly-camping under the African stars

  • Bird watching galore

  • Jungle lunches and moonlit beach dinners

  • Chimp trekking in the Mahale forests

  • Experience the local culture

  • Utterly empty beaches

  • Canoeing, fishing, and kayaking in Lake Tanganyika

  • Barefoot paradise: a beach escape in the middle of the jungle

  • Rare antelope sightings of roan and sable

  • Epic encounters with lions, leopards, and buffalo

  • World's second-deepest freshwater lake




Wild Tanzania: The Heart of Africa


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