7 days Katavi and Gombe Safari

Katavi and Gombe Safari offer a unique and unforgettable experience for those looking to explore the untouched wilderness of Tanzania. Katavi National Park, one of the most remote and wild locations in the country, is known for its vast savannah plains and abundant wildlife. Visitors can witness large herds of elephants, buffalo, and antelope roaming freely in their natural habitat, as well as predators such as lions and leopards.

Gombe Stream National Park, on the other hand, is famous for its population of chimpanzees made famous by Jane Goodall’s groundbreaking research. Visitors can trek through lush forests to observe these intelligent primates in their natural habitat, and learn about their social dynamics and behaviors. The park also offers stunning views of Lake Tanganyika, one of the largest and deepest lakes in the world.

Both parks provide a truly off-the-beaten-path safari experience, with a focus on immersion in nature and wildlife conservation. Visitors can stay in luxurious tented camps and lodges, and enjoy guided game drives, boat safaris, and walking tours led by experienced guides. A Katavi and Gombe Safari is ideal for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts looking for a more intimate and authentic safari experience in Tanzania.

Planning Your Safari to Katavi and Gombe

Visiting these remote parks requires some planning, as access is more complicated than the more popular destinations in Tanzania.

Getting There

  • Katavi National Park is most commonly accessed by chartered flights from Dar es Salaam, Arusha, or Mwanza. There are also scheduled flights to nearby airstrips.
  • Gombe Stream National Park is accessible by boat from Kigoma. The boat ride offers stunning views of Lake Tanganyika and the lush hills surrounding Gombe.

Katavi and Gombe Safari Price

Solo Traveler: US $ 4338
2 people: US $ 3238 per person
3 – 4 people: US $ 3000 per person
5 – 6 people: US $ 2770 per person
7 + people: US $ 2660 per person

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Tips for an Unforgettable Katavi and Gombe Safari

  • Respect the wildlife: Always maintain a safe distance, and follow your guide’s instructions.
  • Pack wisely: Include binoculars, insect repellent, sun protection, and layers for changing temperatures.
  • Stay hydrated: Carry enough water during your treks, as the heat can be intense.
  • Embrace the experience: Wi-Fi and cell service are limited, offering a chance to disconnect and immerse yourself in nature.

Detail Katavi and Gombe Safari Itinerary

Day 1:  Fly Dar es Salaam to Mpanda

Fly Dar es Salaam to Mpanda on Air Tanzania which departs at 06:00 am and arrives Mpanda at 07:45 am then meet and transfer to Katavi National park for game drives. Dinner and overnight at Katavi Wildlife Camp.

Day 2 – 3: Katavi National Park

Spend two days exploring the wilderness of Katavi National Park on game drives and walking safari. The park boasts a breathtaking array of habitats, which range from flood plains of thick reeds and dense waterways that teem with hippo and crocodile to woodlands, open grasslands, forests and pristine seasonal lakes. Game drive experience in dry season and it is conducted along the banks of the river which act as the main source of water and remaining green pastures. The picturesque view of the river meander and large number animals along its banks offers an awesome game viewing experience. Predators such as lions, hyenas, leopards can easily spotted. In addition to that you will also participate on sunrise walking safari near the water pods and watch hippos and other wildlife at close range; late morning break for brunch. Proceed with afternoon game drive safari to Katavi’s inner side. Overnight at Katavi Wildlife Camp.

Day 4: Katavi  to Kigoma

After breakfast, continue with your katavi and gombe safari by road to Kigoma town the journey of about 297 kilometers through unpaved road which pass along the shore of Lake Tanganyika. Along the way you will see local villages and experience the local Tanzania life. Arrive Kigoma in the afternoon and for a rest dinner and overnight at Lake Tanganyika Hotel.

Day 5: Chimpanzee Tracking at Gombe National Park

Early morning catch up a boat to Gombe with picnic lunch. Arrive Gombe and proceed with chimpanzee tracking in the forest and bird watching. The ranger will help you spot several families of chimpanzee which you will spend sufficient time with them exploring their behaviour and if luck you will see them hunting. During trekking you will see primates such as olive baboons and a variety of monkeys. The stunning kakombe waterfall is another interesting feature that you will at Gombe National park. Dinner and overnight Gombe Rest House.

Day 6: Gombe to Kigoma

Morning chimpanzee tracking back for lunch in rest house, then take a boat ride back to Kigoma for overnight at Lake Tanganyika Hotel.


Day 7: Fly Kigoma to Dar es Salaam

Leisure breakfast at the hotel, Visit the Dr Livingstone Museum at Ujiji then back to the hotel for lunch and at 02:00 am drive to the airport for the flight to Dar es Salaam which departs at 15:45 pm.

End of Katavi and Gombe Safari

Katavi and Gombe Safari Cost Includes

Game viewing activities
Park entrance fees
Full board accommodation whilst on safari
Ranger and guide
Road Transfer from Katavi to Kigoma
BB accommodation in Mpanda and Kigoma


Cost Excludes

Any expenses of the personal nature
Laundry services in the lodges
Drinks and beverages
Flying doctors service