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19 Days Tanzania Western & Southern Safari & Chimpanzee Trekking

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Special safari features unspoiled wildlife, beaches, spectacular numbers of animals, beautiful landscapes and best for Chimpanzee. The parks are exotic, peaceful, and lush, with colorful butterflies and speckled birds. This is the ideal tour if you want to see the untouched side of Tanzania. Unforgettable trip will Start from Dar es Salaam with domestic flight to Kigoma, Gombe chimps’ paradise, Katavi home to cat families, Lake Tanganyika freshwater beach, Kitulo to Ruaha and Mikumi Park.

Cities & Landmarks

Dar es laam, Kigoma, 2 days Gomba NP, 3 days Katavi NP, 3 days Lake Tanganyika, 2 days Mbeya, Kitulo NP, 3 days Ruaha Np, & 2 days Mikumi NP.

Time of Year

All Year Round

Route overview per day
Tour Features
Mid-range tour
This mid-range tour uses lodges and hotels.
Private tour
This tour will be organized exclusively for you. However, wildlife viewing activities are run by the lodges/camps and will be shared with others.
Can start any day
If availability permits, this tour can start on any day.
Can be customized
You can request minor changes to the accommodations and destinations of this tour.
Suitable for solo travelers
For those prefer solo traveling can book this tour
Suitable for all ages
This tour has no age limits.
Activities & Transportation
Activities: game drives, chimpanzee trekking, nature hikes/walks & boat trip
Game drives: pop-up roof 4x4 vehicle & minivan
Getting around: pop-up roof 4x4 vehicle, boat & air transfer
A transfer from and back to the airport is included.
Accommodation & Meals

Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for an extra cost

Day

Accommodation

Meals

1
Harbor Views Suites
Mid-range hotel located in Dar es Salaam (City)
Dinner
Dinner
2
Lake Tanganyika Hotel
Mid-range hotel located in Kigoma (Town)
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3
Gombe Rest House
Budget Banda located inside Gombe NP
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Lake Tanganyika Hotel
Mid-range hotel located in Kigoma (Town)
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Katavi Park Bandas
Budget Banda located inside Katavi NP
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Katavi Park Bandas
Budget Banda located inside Katavi NP
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Katavi Park Bandas
Budget Banda located inside Katavi NP
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Lake shore Lodge
Luxury lodge located at Lake Tanganyika
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Lake Shore Lodge
Luxury lodge located at Lake Tanganyika
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Lake Shore Lodge
Luxury lodge located at Lake Tanganyika
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
Hotel Desderia
Budget hotel located in Mbeya (City)
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
Hotel Desderia
Budget hotel located in Mbeya (City)
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
The Old Farm Lodge
Mid-range lodge located near Iringa (City)
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
14
Ruaha Hilltop Lodge
Mid-range lodge located just outside Ruaha NP
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
15
Ruaha Hilltop Lodge
Mid-range lodge located just outside Ruaha NP
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
16
Ruaha Hilltop Lodge
Mid-range lodge located just outside Ruaha NP
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
17
Camp Bastian Mikumi
Mid-range lodge located just outside Mikumi NP
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
18
Camp Bastian Mikumi
Mid-range lodge located just outside Mikumi NP
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
19
End of tour
No acommodation
Breakfast & Lunch
Breakfast & Lunch
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Arrival

(See Getting There for more details)
You'll be collected from the airport.
Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.
Day 1
Arrive Dar es laam City
Arrive Dar es laam City

You will be picked up from Dar es Salaam International Airport and transferred to a hotel in the city. After clearing customs and passport control, you will walk out of the airport to meet our driver, who will be holding a page board with your name clearly printed on it (if you arrive early enough in the day). Dinner and your overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Main Destination:
Dar es laam City
Accommodation:
Harbor Views Suites
Mid-range hotel located in Dar es Salaam (City)
Meals & Drinks:
Dinner (Breakfast & lunch not included)
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 2
Fly Dar es laam to Kigoma Region
Fly Dar es laam to Kigoma Region

You will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to Dar es Salaam Airport for a flight to Kigoma with Air Tanzania. You will be met by your driver-guide upon arrival at Kigoma airport, at which point you may go into the city for lunch and a historical tour. You can also visit Ujiji Town and the Livingstone Memorial for Slaver trade routes and history, late continue with local life experiences. Dinner and your overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Main Destination:
Kigoma Region
Accommodation:
Lake Tanganyika Hotel
Mid-range hotel located in Kigoma (Town)
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Non-alcoholic drinks
Day 3
Boat transfer from Kigoma town to Gombe NP
Boat transfer from Kigoma town to Gombe NP

After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to Kiberizi for a dhow boat departing at 0600hrs. Your journey to Gombe Stream National Park will take about two to three hours depending on the type of boat. Gombe offers chimpanzee trekking, snorkeling, hiking, swimming, and plenty of leisure activities.

Main Destination:
Gombe National Park
Best time to visit
July to October (Best time to find chimps)
High season
July to October (Gombe never gets crowded)
Best weather
June to October (Little to no rainfall)
Accommodation:
Gombe Rest House
Budget Banda located inside Gombe NP
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Non-alcoholic drinks
Day 4
Gombe NP - Later boat transfer to Kigoma town
Gombe NP - Later boat transfer to Kigoma town

After eating a sunrise breakfast on the beautiful shores of Lake Tanganyika, you will go on a half-day guided chimpanzee expedition in Gombe. Later you’ll eat lunch and spend some leisure time on the beach before transferring by dhow boat back to Kigoma city via Kibirizi.

Main Destination:
Gombe National Park
Accommodation:
Lake Tanganyika Hotel
Mid-range hotel located in Kigoma (Town)
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Non-alcoholic drinks
Day 5
Road transfer Kigoma town to Katavi National Park
Road transfer Kigoma town to Katavi National Park

After an early breakfast, you’ll drive four to five hours to Katavi National Park via Uvinza. This park is home to a huge population of hippos and varied birdlife. Lonely, untrammeled, and infrequently visited, Katavi is a true wilderness. It provides the few intrepid souls who make it here with a thrilling taste of Africa as it must have been a century ago.

Main Destination:
Katavi National Park
Best time
July to October
High seadson
July to October (Katavi is rarely crowded)
Best weather
June to October (Little to no rainfall)
Accommodation:
Katavi Park Bandas
Budget Banda located inside Katavi NP
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Non-alcoholic drinks
Day 6
Katavi National Park
Katavi National Park

After breakfast, you will depart on full-day game drive in Katavi, which is one of Tanzania’s best dry-season parks. It features big prides of lions plundering spectacular buffalo herds and is one of the most pristine and rugged nature reserves in Tanzania.

Main Destination:
Katavi National Park
Accommodation:
Katavi Park Bandas
Budget Banda located inside Katavi NP
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Non-alcoholic drinks
Day 7
Katavi National Park
Katavi National Park

This will be another stunning day in Katavi. You’ll have the option to go on an early morning game drive before breakfast before returning to the bandas for some leisure time. You’ll then go on another game drive until the evening. You can also opt to spend the full day on a game drive.

Main Destination:
Katavi National Park
Accommodation:
Katavi Park Bandas
Budget Banda located inside Katavi NP
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Non-alcoholic drinks
Day 8
Road transfer Katavi NP - Lake Tanganyika
Road transfer Katavi NP - Lake Tanganyika

On your last day in Katavi, you go on a game drive en route to Lake Tanganyika beach. You’ll arrive here as a guest but leave as a friend. The beautiful Lake Shore Lodge features beautiful chalets built right at the water’s edge. Magic, adventure, and relaxation can all be found here.

Main Destination:
Lake Tanganyika National Park
Accommodation:
Lake shore Lodge
Luxury lodge located at Lake Tanganyika
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Non-alcoholic drinks
Day 9
Lake Tanganyika Beach
Lake Tanganyika Beach

Lake Tanganyika is a place of paradise, where your days can be as action-packed or as relaxed as you want. You can go on an underwater exploration, adventure safari, partake in water sports, swim, or participate in a wellness retreat that will leave you feeling completely rejuvenated.

Main Destination:
Lake Tanganyika
Accommodation:
Lake Shore Lodge
Luxury lodge located at Lake Tanganyika
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Non-alcoholic drinks
Day 10
Lake Tanganyika Beach
Lake Tanganyika Beach

Lake Tanganyika feels like the biggest freshwater aquarium on earth, where there are hundreds of cichlid fish and unique small birds all around you. Activities on offer here include scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, culture walking, mountain biking, and bird watching.

Main Destination:
Lake Tanganyika Beach
Accommodation:
Lake Shore Lodge
Luxury lodge located at Lake Tanganyika
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Non-alcoholic drinks
Day 11
Road transfer Lake Tanganyika to Mbeya City
Road transfer Lake Tanganyika to Mbeya City

Today you will enjoy one last breakfast on the shores of Lake Tanganyika before driving to Mbeya. You’ll make some short stops for several village tours and landscape viewing at the Tunduma border before continuing to the Mbozi meteorite site. Dinner and your overnight stay will be at the lodge.

Main Destination:
Mbeya City
Accommodation:
Hotel Desderia
Budget hotel located in Mbeya (City)
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Non-alcoholic drinks
Day 12
Day Tour in Mbeya
Day Tour in Mbeya

After breakfast, you will go on a full-day, guided nature walk of Mbeya. You’ll visit the Ngozi Crater Lake, local markets, coffee plantations, the Songwe Bat Caves, and the Kijungu and Kaporongwe waterfalls. We hope you enjoy this slice of rural Tanzanian life.

Main Destination:
Mbeya City
Accommodation:
Hotel Desderia
Budget hotel located in Mbeya (City)
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Non-alcoholic drinks
Day 13
Road transfer Mbeya City to Kitulo National Park
Road transfer Mbeya City to Kitulo National Park

After an early breakfast in Mbeya, you will drive to Kitulo National Park. Known locally as “God’s Garden,“ Kitulo provides one of the world’s great floral spectacles in the spring. It is a popular destination for walking, hiking, birdwatching, and game drives. Later you will continue to the Mafinga highlands, where you’ll spend the evening at your leisure.

Main Destination:
Kitulo National Park
Accommodation:
The Old Farm Lodge
Mid-range lodge located near Iringa (City)
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Non-alcoholic drinks
Day 14
Road transfer Highlands to Ruaha National Park
Road transfer Highlands to Ruaha National Park

After the breakfast, you will drive to Ruaha via Iringa town. You’ll eat lunch at a local restaurant and go on a game drive en route to your lodge. You’ll have the chance to see elephants, giraffes, kudu, lions, leopards, jackals, hyenas, African wild dogs, and many more.

Main Destination:
Ruaha National Park
Best time to visit
June to October (Best wildlife viewing)
High season
June to October (Ruaha is rarely crowded)
Best weather
June to October (Rains are very rare)
Accommodation:
Ruaha Hilltop Lodge
Mid-range lodge located just outside Ruaha NP
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Non-alcoholic drinks
Day 15
Ruaha National Park
Ruaha National Park

You’ll spend the full day in Ruaha National Park on a game drive. Ruaha features an untouched and mostly unexplored ecosystem, which makes for a unique safari. It is the second largest park in Tanzania and one of the few wilderness areas in the country where one can experience rare wildness sightings alongside a truly fascinating landscape. It is the home of the greater kudu, which cannot be found in any other park.

Main Destination:
Ruaha National Park
Accommodation:
Ruaha Hilltop Lodge
Mid-range lodge located just outside Ruaha NP
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Non-alcoholic drinks
Day 16
Ruaha National Park
Ruaha National Park

After breakfast, you will go on a full-day game drive in Ruaha. Almost as large as the Serengeti, this park’s untouched nature makes it one of Tanzania’s most exciting game reserves. It is a birdwatchers’ paradise, with 350 different species of birds calling the park home. Wildlife is concentrated along the Great Ruaha River. The river shore is the permanent hunting ground for lions, leopards, jackals, hyenas, and African wild dogs.

Main Destination:
Ruaha National Park
Best time
Late June to October (Animals are attracted to the waterholes)
High season
June to October
Best weather
June to October (Little to no rainfall)
Accommodation:
Ruaha Hilltop Lodge
Mid-range lodge located just outside Ruaha NP
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Non-alcoholic drinks
Day 17
Transfer Ruaha to Mikumi National Park
Transfer Ruaha to Mikumi National Park

After an early breakfast, you will depart on a morning game drive in Ruaha en route to the exit. You’ll eat a hot lunch at a local restaurant in Iringa, then continue to Mikumi. Along the way you’ll pass through farms, valleys, and villages featuring excellent views of the landscape and the Great Rift Valley. As you make your way into Mikumi National Park you’ll see elephants, giraffes, lions, leopard, jackals, and hyenas.

Main Destination:
Mikumi National Park
Best time to visit
Late June to October (Animals are attracted to the waterholes)
High season
June to October
Best weather
June to October (Little to no rainfall)
Accommodation:
Camp Bastian Mikumi
Mid-range lodge located just outside Mikumi NP
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Non-alcoholic drinks
Day 18
Mikumi National Park
Mikumi National Park

This morning you’ll eat breakfast at your leisure (there is no rush) before departing on a full-day game drive in Mikumi National Park. You’ll eat a picnic lunch in the park around midday. While here you will have the opportunity to view the unique Mikumi giraffe that naturalists say seems to be a crossbreed between the reticulated and Maasai giraffes. Lions, elephants, buffalo, wildebeests, and leopards can be easily spotted in this park. Your game drive will also take you around to the hippo pool. You will be able to see elephants coming to drink at the

Main Destination:
Mikumi National Park
Accommodation:
Camp Bastian Mikumi
Mid-range lodge located just outside Mikumi NP
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Non-alcoholic drinks
Day 19
Fly Mikumi to Dar es laam City - Departure
Fly Mikumi to Dar es laam City - Departure

After breakfast, you will be driving back to Dar es Salaam and the airport for your journey home. You’ll eat a farewell dinner before arriving at the airport. You have the option to fly from Mikumi to Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar upon request.

Main Destination:
Julious Nyerere International Airport
Accommodation:
End of tour
No acommodation
Meals & Drinks:
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Breakfast & Lunch (dinner is not included)

End of tour

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Summary

Day

Country

Destination

Accomodation

Meals

1
Arrive Dar es laam City
Arrive Dar es laam City
Harbor Views Suites
Dinner
2
Tanzania
Fly to Kigoma Region
Lake Tanganyika Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3
Tanzania
Boat transfer from Kigoma town to Gombe NP
Gombe Rest House
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Tanzania
Gombe NP - Later boat transfer to Kigoma town
Lake Tanganyika Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner