12-day trip

Unseen Tanzania

From 17825 PP


A real safari

This is a safari for enthusiasts who want a real East African adventure. Explore three of Tanzania’s most spectacular yet – thanks to their remoteness and complex logistics – least visited national parks, expect dramatic wildlife sightings, ever-changing landscapes and genuine wilderness.

First up is Ruaha, a vast park that's something of a hidden gem, it’s home to a great diversity of species and supports sizeable populations of lions, cheetahs and wild dogs.

Katavi, in the far west, is visited by just a few hundred people a year. A raw and rewarding landscape to explore, the walking safari here is excellent, if the resident elephants let you leave your canvas tent.

A short hop north takes you to the beautiful Mahale National Park whose forested slopes jut out into Lake Tanganyika. Hike into the jungle with expert trackers to share time with a troop of chimpanzees, relax on the sandy beach and explore its fresh waters.

Camps may lack the frills of those found to the north, with the real luxury here being space, minimalism and excellent guiding. Among a handful of visitors, you will support these pioneering camps’ conservation and community work in hard-to-reach areas.


Trip highlights

  • Trekking with chimpanzees in the Mahale Mountains

  • Incredible carnivores in wild Ruaha National Park

  • Walking safaris in on Katavi’s plains

  • Dhow cruises and village life on Lake Tanganyika


What's included

  • Twelve nights of luxury accommodation

  • Safari activities, tours and experiences

  • Internal flights, private transfers, park and conservation fees

  • Price per person based on two adults sharing

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    Ruaha National Park
  • Greystoke Mahale 3
    Hiking in Mahale
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    Ruaha National Park
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    Katavi National Park
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    Greystoke Mahale
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    Lake Tanganyika community
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    Fly camping in Katavi
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    Greystoke Mahale

An unforgettable trip with a positive impact

Created to maximize the benefits to people and place, while minimizing the environmental footprint.

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    Community & Culture

    Properties and experiences that uplift and empower local communities.

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    Supports wildlife projects, protected areas and ecosystem regeneration.

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    Lodges and camps chosen for their sustainability credentials and initiatives.

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Days 1 — 2

Overnight in Dar es Salaam

Spend a night in the buzzing city of Dar es Saalam getting a taste of Africa’s modern face before your adventure to Tanzania’s most remote national parks begins.

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Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam The Kilimanjaro Level 8 Rooftop Bar

Days 2 — 5

Wild Ruaha

In the heart of Tanzania, Ruaha National Park is slightly larger than South Africa’s Kruger and comparable in both diversity and density of wildlife but sees just a hundredth of the visitors and just a handful of camps – a remarkably untouched wilderness for the safari aficionado.

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Herd of elephants in Ruaha National Park
Chada Katavi camp 1

Days 5 — 8

Real safari in Katavi

Remoter still, fly into Tanzania’s wild west to Katavi National Park. Visited by just a few hundred intrepid visitors annually, this rugged landscape of grassland plains, marshland, lakes and rivers has remained unchanged for millennia and you’ll have it virtually to yourself.

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Chada Katavi leopard

Days 8 — 12

Chimpanzees in the Mahale Mountains

With its jungle-clad peaks sloping down to palm-fringed powder-soft beaches and the clear waters of Lake Tanganyika, Mahale Mountains is a stunningly beautiful national park. It also happens to be the best place in Africa for chimpanzee encounters. With trackers and guides who know each individual well, trek into the forest to spend time with a wild troop of our closest relatives, witnessing their complex social and political structures up close.

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Unseen Tanzania
17825 PP
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In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

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