Masai And Hidden Gems Of Ruaha & Katavi

Departure city: Arusha, Tanzania

Accommodation: Comfort | National Parks: Katavi NP, Ruaha NP | Special Interest: Wildlife Safari

Valid: Jan 6th - May 31st, November - Dec 23rd

only$ 5362

* based on 6 participants

A beautiful blend of culture and wildlife experiences like no other combined destinations in Tanzania. We bring this to from day 2. A short scenic drive out from Arusha the safari capital of the Northern Safari circuit will open up a changing world from the lushness of Arusha to a landscape so vast in size one is lost by its extremity and raw beauty. A further step back in time to fit into the daily rhythm of the nomadic Maasai tribes with several days being amongst and around this colourful people.

Before changing your compass heading a visit to the infamous Ngorongoro Crater with the chances of seeing the rare black rhino along with taking in the stunning beauty of this truly dynamic natural feature filled with a staggering 25,000 varying plains games wildlife, not forgetting the big cats and tuskers that have come to call Ngorongoro home. Southward bound into a land that has stood the test of time, modern trends and popularity lay Ruaha tucked away in the south-west corner. Diverse in every angle the park has something different around every corner; all the big cats can be seen here along with the impressive sentry like the posture of the Greater Kudu. If you’re lucky Ruaha also holds a good population of African wild dogs which are a sight to behold either at rest or on the move. As triangles all have three sides so with North and South now complete we bring your imaginary line of travel across to the west where we drop you into the heart of a brooding expanse of Katavi National Park. Now to begin to explain how remote this Tanzanian National Park is, only 1,500 foreign visitors managed to take the journey to the west out of a total 900,000 registered in the whole Tanzania National Parks this sense was taken in 2013!! – but like all hard to reach destinations it still remains un-spoilt with the main focus and game drives being conducted around the Katuma River and associated floodplains such as the seasonal Lakes Katavi and Chada. If you are looking for something different with the biggest and richest wildlife areas in Tanzania that are guaranteed to blow the national geographic channel out of your flat screen then we encourage you to look and learn a little more about this diverse flying safari that we have carefully laced together.

Day 1: Arrival

After arrival at Kilimanjaro international airport, you will be transferred to your overnight accommodation.

O/n Karama Lodge (D)

Day 2: Maasai Community of Esilalei

After breakfast leaves Arusha and drive 2 hours to the Maasai community of Esilalei. Meet with your local Maasai guide who will introduce you to his village. Get a better understanding of the natural medicines still used on a daily basis with a Maasai medicine walk of the surrounding area. Then continue down to a Boma (mud dwelling) for an introduction into the Maasai way of life, beliefs and rituals. Freshen up and enjoy a real cultural experience around the fireplace with traditional song and dance.

O/n Isoitok Manyara Camp (B, L, D)

Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater

Early morning leave camp and head to Ngorongoro. Descend into the crater for game drives. There are 25,000 large mammals residing in the park. The elephants are mainly bulls, females stay out of the park due to it boasting the largest predator population in Africa. Black Rhino also make their home on the grassy plains, their numbers make up for almost half of what can still be found in East Africa; about 20 in total.

O/n Isoitok Manyara Camp (B, L, D)

Day 4: Fly in Ruaha National Park

After breakfast you will be driven back to Arusha domestic airport for your flight to Ruaha National Park at 1300 operated by Coastal Air – you will be collected on arrival and transferred to Ruaha River Camp with game drives en route.

O/n Ruaha River Camp (B, L, D)

Day 5: Ruaha National Park

Ruaha national park is one of the few Tanzania’s famous wilderness area where one can have a rare experience of game viewing spiced up by the fascinating landscape. The park boasts of her almost untouched and unexplored ecosystem, making visitors’ safari experience very unique. Plan your game viewing activities together with the camp management as they will best advise you when and where to head out. Note that game viewing activities can be shared with other guests.

O/n Ruaha River Camp (B, L, D)

Day 6: Ruaha National Park

Ruaha national park is one of the few Tanzania’s famous wilderness area where one can have a rare experience of game viewing spiced up by the fascinating landscape. The park boasts of her almost untouched and unexplored ecosystem, making visitors’ safari experience very unique. Plan your game viewing activities together with the camp management as they will best advise you when and where to head out. Note that game viewing activities can be shared with other guests.

O/n Ruaha River Camp (B, L, D)

Day 7: Fly in Katavi National Park

After an early breakfast (or packed breakfast) you will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight to Katavi National Park at 0700 operated by Safari Air link. On arrival, you will be transferred to the camp.

O/n Katavi Wildlife Camp (B, L, D)

Day 8: Katavi National Park

Isolated, untrammelled and seldom visited, Katavi is a true wilderness, providing the few intrepid souls who make it there with a thrilling taste of Africa as it must have been a century ago.

Tanzania’s third largest national park, it lies in the remote southwest of the country, within a truncated arm of the Rift Valley that terminates in the shallow, brooding expanse of Lake Rukwa. The main focus for game viewing within the park is the Katuma River and associated floodplains such as the seasonal Lakes Katavi and Chada. During the rainy season, these lush, marshy lakes are a haven for myriad water birds, and they also support Tanzania’s densest concentrations of hippo and crocodile. Plan your game viewing activities together with the camp management as they will best advise you when and where to head out – note that game viewing activities can be shared with other guests.

O/n Katavi Wildlife Camp (B, L, D)

Day 9: Katavi Wildlife Camp

Isolated, untrammelled and seldom visited, Katavi is a true wilderness, providing the few intrepid souls who make it there with a thrilling taste of Africa as it must have been a century ago.

Tanzania’s third largest national park, it lies in the remote southwest of the country, within a truncated arm of the Rift Valley that terminates in the shallow, brooding expanse of Lake Rukwa. The main focus for game viewing within the park is the Katuma River and associated floodplains such as the seasonal Lakes Katavi and Chada. During the rainy season, these lush, marshy lakes are a haven for myriad water birds, and they also support Tanzania’s densest concentrations of hippo and crocodile. Plan your game viewing activities together with the camp management as they will best advise you when and where to head out – note that game viewing activities can be shared with other guests.

O/n Katavi Wildlife Camp (B, L, D)

Day 10: Return to Dar es Salaam

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight to Dar es Salaam at 11:20 with Safari Air Link. Arrival approximately 1645hrs in time to connect with your evening departing international flight. Or you could extend your time in Tanzania with an overnight in Dar or an extension to Zanzibar.

No accommodation provided(B)

 

Note: O/N = Overnight, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Karama Lodge

Karama Lodge is a simple and cozy lodge just outside the city of Arusha. The lodge is situated on top of a hill overlooking the surrounding villages and the Kilimanjaro and Meru mountains. From this lodge you can undertake all kinds of activities. You can take a walk to a beautiful forest with waterfall. You can also visit a nearby village with a unique children’s project. This project is co-sponsored by Karama Lodge.

The lodge has a cozy lounge with bar. Below is the restaurant with a view of the lower swimming pool. The restaurant serves simple but good dishes.
The rooms and the main building are accessible via sometimes steep and uneven paths. The lodge has 22 raised wooden bungalows. All bungalows are comfortable with a good bed, shower room and separate toilet. From your veranda you can enjoy the beautiful garden and the view.

Isoitok Camp Manyara

The camp is set in a rich wild savannah bush location with an altitude of 1075 metres above sea level.
It backs onto the Losimingorti mountain range acting as a natural wildlife corridor from the Ngorongoro highlands through to Manyara Conservancy and on into Tarangire National Park.

With only 8 tents you are assured of privacy, very personal services and that special African bush experience that you had always dreamed it to be. Read more.

Ruaha River Lodge

Ruaha River lodge is the only ‘lodge’ in the Ruaha, consisting of 24 stone chalets stretching along the river bank. Each chalet has stunning views from a large veranda out the front, while the huge interiors feature a sitting area, writing desk and either twin or double beds. At the rear of each chalet is a large bathroom decorated with found timber, a shower and double basins. Built out of local stone and thatch, the lodge is built around natural kopjes and capitalises on it’s exceptional position on a bend in the river.

Katavi Wildlife Camp

Katavi Wildlife Camp is set amongst the trees that fringe the Katisunga plains. From your vantage point either on your tents veranda or from the upper viewing lounge you can join the predators watching the plains game during the day. Then anticipate the excitement of the predators hunting their dinner as the game move back to the trees in the evenings.Katavi consists of 6 large Meru-style tents, overlooking the plain; each built on a raised wooden platform, and sheltered from the midday sun by a traditionally thatched roof. Each tent is en-suite, and has it’s own large veranda with hammock and chairs. There are four double tents and two twin tents, and all have a safe. After dark, guests are escorted to and from their tent by Askari.

Price of the entire trip: $ 5362  p.p. with 6 people onboard.
Gather your friends or join with other travellers on this trip to bring the price down!

Terms & Conditions

  • A better price for everyone! Get a refund* for every additional traveller joining your trip.
  • The overall rate of this trip, with every additional passenger, gradually decreases
  • This trip will be paid via Direct Pay Online, an easy & reliable service that all modes of payments, all cards, mobile money, all currencies, mobile apps & card readers.
  • The maximum capacity of this trip is 6 people

This trip is inclusive of:

  • Complimentary mineral water x1.5 liters per person in the safari vehicle
  • Meals as stipulated |B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner
  • 4×4 game viewing vehicles plus driver guide (window seat guaranteed)
  • Emergency Evacuation Cover
  • All transfers and activities as mentioned above
  • Park fee, Conservation fees and Community Development Fees
  • Accommodation as stipulated
  • Domestic flight(s) as stipulated

This trip is exclusive of:

  • Tips for guide and drivers
  • Drinks apart from 1,5 liter mineral water during the safari
  • Visa and airport departure tax
  • Items of personal nature and not mentioned in the above itinerary

 

Tips suggested: Driver guide $8-$10 per person sharing the vehicle per day

Ruaha National Park

Recently expanded to become the largest National Park in East Africa and, after Kafue National Park in Zambia, the second largest in Africa, Ruaha is home to more than 10,000 elephants.
Its name derives from the Great Ruaha River, which flows along its eastern border, creating spectacular gorges. Flowing into the Rifiji River, the Great Ruaha is home to hippo and crocodile. Various antelope species, such as eland, Grant’s gazelle, impala, greater & lesser kudu, and the rare sable alongside buffalos, giraffes thrive in the grasslands bordering the river.

Katavi

Recently extended southward to cover some 4500sq km the main features of Tanzania’s third largest park, located only 40km southwest of the town Mpanda, are Lake Katavi, with its vast floodplains, the palm-fringed Lake Chala and the Katuma River. The park is noted for its Miombo woodland and is home to buffalos, elephants, leopards, lions and zebras.

Waterfowl are abundant with Lake Chala particularly rich in bird-life with 400 species recorded. Katavi also boasts the greatest concentration of hippo and crocodile.

Ngorongoro Crater & Conservation Area

The Ngorongoro Crater is protected around Lake Natron in the northeast, to Lake Enyasi in the south and Lake Manyara to the east. Once an active volcano, what makes it especially unique is the collapse of its cone, forming a crater that goes 610 meters deep, 20 kilometres in diameter and covers an area of 311 sq km.

As spectacular as it sounds, this massive crater only accounts for a tenths of the entire Conservation Area. Next to its geologically special features, the crater is home to almost every mammal of the African plains, including the endangered black rhino, and the densest population of predators in Africa. Birdlife is also extremely abundant, in particular flamingos affected by the fresh water from Lake Magadi on the crater floor.