Katavi & Mahale Mountains

The Mahale Mountains and Katavi National Park are in the far west of Tanzania where, even today, few people have been lucky enough to visit. Perhaps because of this, they feel untouched, almost like travelling back in time.   In the Mahale Mountains, there are still no roads. All you'll find are forest paths and tracks made by animals over the years.The forested slopes are home to wild chimps as well as many other animals, including bushbucks, bushpigs and an incredible array of birds and butterflies. It's also inhabited by an additional nine species of primate.  At the foot of the mountains lies the turquoise water of Lake Tanganyika where you can fish, swim, kayak and watch hippos along the shoreline.

Katavi National Park centres on a series of wide flood plains, blonde with waist high grass in the early dry season, green and flooded like a mini Okavango after the rains. Connecting the main flood plains is a network of fragile seasonal rivers that draw animals during the dry season - hippo in their thousands cram the remaining pools, buffalo and elephant are drawn to drink and the lion, hyenas, and other predators who know this, provide a raw and wild game viewing experience unlike any other.  If you wish to escape the tourist circuit The Mahale Mountains and Katavi National Park are about as far away as you can possibly get.

Why we like it

  • Far from the madding crowd
  • Primates and predators at your door
  • Outstanding birding
  • Walking, hiking & tracking
  • Wild, wild western Tanzania
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Top Pick - Katavi & Mahale Mountains

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