8-DAYS FLYING SAFARIS THE BEST OF LAKE TANGANYIKA, KATAVI AND MAHALE
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Day 1 (Friday or Saturday) – Fly with Auric Air from Dar es Salaam to Iringa departing Dar at 07h00 and arriving in Iringa at 08h30. Change planes to fly from Iringa to Kipili in a Cessna 210. Flying time is 1h50min. You are met at the Kipili airstrip and drive 5km to Lake Shore Lodge arriving in time for lunch. Relax in your Chalet in the afternoon and enjoy dinner on the beach under the stars at the water’s edge.

Day 2 – After breakfast, we head off to one of the islands in front of Lake Shore for a morning of snorkeling to see the endemic cichlids of Lake Tanganyika. Overnight in your Chalet.

Day 3 – Explore Lake Tanganyika on one of our kayaks. Overnight at Lake Shore in your Chalet.

Day 4 – Leave the Lodge at sunrise to get onto the plane and fly 25min to Katavi National Park. You are met by your guide who will take you on a day’s game drive. Katavi is the third largest National Park in Tanzania yet has the same number of guests in a year that the Serengeti gets in a day in peak season. The park is truly wild and completely unspoiled. Return to Kipili in the late afternoon and overnight in your Chalet.

Day 5 – Take a walk up to the old Kipili Monastery, one of the oldest churches in Tanzania. It is now a ruin and stands on the hill 500m from Lake Shore. The views down to the islands and the Lake are well worth the short walk. Relax in your hammock in the afternoon or have a massage or a jaccuzzi (not included).

Day 6 – We set off early for Mahale. The flying time from Kipili to Mahale is 45min. You are met by the TANAPA Rangers who will take you by boat to where the chimp trekking starts. The Ranger will show you the way and will hike with you through the rainforest until you find the chimps. You will spend an hour with the chimps and then start your hike back to the boat so that you can head back to the airstrip for your flight back to Kipili.

Day 7 – Today is the last day at Lake Shore. In the evening we will go out for a sunset cruise around the islands.

Day 8 (Friday or Saturday) – After a leisurely breakfast, we drive you to the Kipili airstrip for your flight from Kipili to Iringa. You will then change planes and fly from Iringa to Dar es Salaam with Auric Air departing Iringa at 16h00 and arriving in Dar at 17h30.

PRICE DEPENDS ON THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE PLANE:

Cost per person sharing

  1. If 2 pax traveling @US$5,300
  2. If 3 pax traveling @US$4,410
  3. If 4 pax traveling @US$3,705

Including:

  • Flight from Dar es Salaam to Iringa and Iringa to Dar es Salaam on Auric Air.
  • Flight from Iringa to Kipili and Kipili to Iringa on a Cessna 210 plane.
  • Flight from Kipili to Katavi and Katavi to Kipili
  • Flight from Kipili to Mahale and Mahale to Kipili
  • Vehicle transfers between the Kipili airstrip and Lake Shore Lodge
  • Park fees and game drive for 1 x day in Katavi NP
  • Park fees and chimp trekking fees for 1 x chimp trek in Mahale NP
  • Boat transfer from the Mahale airstrip to the chimp trekking area and back to the Mahale airstrip
  • 7 x Nights accommodation in a shared Chalet at Lake Shore Lodge
  • All meals, teas, and coffees
  • Laundry
  • 1 x Snorkeling trip to the islands in front of Lake Shore
  • Complimentary kayaking
  • 1 x Sunset cruise

Excluding:

  • Drinks other than tea and coffee.
  • Other activities at Lake Shore (Diving, fishing, quad biking, massages, Jaccuzzi).
  • Tips for the TANAPA Rangers.

 

Interesting facts about Lake Tanganyika

  •  The LONGEST Lake in Africa (720km long)
  •  The SECOND DEEPEST Lake in the world (1,470m deep) – second only to Lake Baikal in Russia.
  •  It holds almost ONE FIFTH of the world’s available fresh water.
  •  It is the SECOND LARGEST fresh water Lake by volume in the world.
  •  There are 26 rivers that flow into Lake Tanganyika and only one (the Lukuga River) that flows out.
  •  Only the upper 100m of the Lake is oxygenated.
  •  The Lake’s temperature is typically 24 to 26 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit) all year round.
  •  it has an average ph of 8.4
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