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21 Days, 20 Nights - Best of Western and Southern Circuits

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This tour is a combination of both the Western and the Southern Circuit. The Western Circuit which comprises of Gombe Stream National Park which is famous for its unique experience of chimpanzee trekking, together with Katavi National Park, known for its most singular wildlife spectacle provided by its hippos. Not only that but also an estimated 4,000 elephants might converge on the area, together with several herds of 1,000-plus buffalo. The Lake Shore in Lake Tanganyika offers beautiful beach strips with lots of experiences such as kayaking, quad biking, snorkeling and diving, sunset boat cruise etc. You'll enjoy other experiences such as boat and walking safari, hiking and enough game drives for wildlife experience.
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Stop At: Gombe Stream National Park, Gombe National Park Tanzania

After breakfast, pick you up at the hotel - then transfer you to Dar es Salaam International Airport to catch your flight to Kigoma at 10:10 hrs, arriving at 15:20 hrs. On your arrival at Kigoma Airport, you will be picked up by your ‘Driver Guide’ and transferred to a hotel - check-in, and stay the overnight at Kigoma Hill Top Hotel (lunch & dinner included) Kigoma is a town and lake port in north western Tanzania, on the north eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika, and set on a remote outcrop amongst acres of lush gardens overlooking Lake Tanganyika, Kigoma Hilltop Hotel is the ideal escape for guests looking for comfort and relaxation in Kigoma Town. Located 15 minutes from the Kigoma Airport, and five minutes from the Ujiji Town, the hotel is easily accessible for travellers and conference delegates alike.

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Gombe Stream National Park, Gombe National Park Tanzania

After breakfast, at least one to two hours boat transfer to Gombe Stream National Park through the world’s longest and second deepest lake - Lake Tanganyika. On arrival, check-in at the lodge - then go for trekking of chimpanzees with packed lunch boxes with a lead of a professional guide. You’ll also visit the two waterfalls of Gombe including the ‘Kakombe Waterfalls’ with many bird species. Back in the afternoon, rest and dinner when you are ready and spend the overnight at Gombe Forest Lodge (breakfast, lunch & dinner included) Established in 1968, Gombe is one of the smallest national parks in Tanzania, with only 35 sq. kms of protected land along the hills of the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika. The terrain is distinguished by steep valleys, and the forest vegetation ranges from grassland to woodland to tropical rainforest. Accessible only by boat, the park is most famous as the location where Jane Goodall pioneered her behavioral research conducted on the chimpanzee populations.

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Gombe Stream National Park, Gombe National Park Tanzania

After breakfast at the lodge, another half day chimpanzee trekking with your packed lunch boxes at Gombe Stream National Park until afternoon. Gombe’s high levels of diversity make it an increasingly popular tourist destination. Besides chimpanzees, primates inhabiting Gombe include beachcomber olive baboons, red colobus, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, and vervet monkeys. Red-tailed monkeys and blue monkeys have also been known to hybridize in the area. The park is also home to over 200 bird species and bushpigs. Visitors to the park can trek into the forest to view the chimpanzees, as well as swim and snorkel in Lake Tanganyika with almost 100 kinds of colorful cichlid fish In between afternoon and evening, you’ll have a chance to experience various activities such as snorkeling and swim by the beautiful beaches of the lake (Lake Tanganyika). Dinner and stay the overnight at Gombe Forest Lodge (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: Gombe Stream National Park, Gombe National Park Tanzania

After breakfast at the lodge, take a boat and transferred back to Kigoma Town (one to two hours drive), arriving in the early noon, stay the overnight at Kigoma Hill Top Hotel (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Lake Tanganyika, Mahale Mountains National Park Tanzania

After breakfast, depart for Lake Shore Lodge, Lake Tanganyika (a 5 - 6 hours drive) with packed lunch boxes, arriving in the early evening, check-in and dinner when you are ready, stay the overnight at Lake Shore Lodge (breakfast, lunch & dinner included) Lake Shore Lodge is the ultimate place to experience the magic of Lake Tanganyika, offering beautiful chalets built right at the water’s edge, adventure activities, a relaxing spa and fine dining.

Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: Lake Tanganyika, Mahale Mountains National Park Tanzania

After breakfast, depart for various activities offered by Lake Shore – Diving at the biggest fresh water aquarium on earth, with no currents, no surges, just hundreds of cichlids around you. The rock formations are quite spectacular and are home to so many endemic fish. Snorkeling is usually conducted at one of the seven islands in front of Lake Shore. There are literally hundreds of different species of cichlids in Lake Tanganyika, but there is one very special endemic cichlid, the Opthalmotilapia Boops (known as the blue neon by hobbyists) at one of the islands. This cichlid is found only in this area. You’ll also do Kayaking - an awesome way to explore the lake. There are double and single kayaks which are very stable and easy to use even for novice kayakers. By evening, you’ll be heading back to the lodge for dinner, overnight at Lake Shore Lodge (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: Lake Tanganyika, Mahale Mountains National Park Tanzania

After breakfast, take a short walk to visit the ‘Old Kipili Mission’ - The Mission was built by the White Fathers and Congolese slaves between 1890 and 1895. This is one of the oldest churches in Tanzania and is well worth a visit. You can cycle on gravel tracks past rural farms and through miombo woodlands. This is a lovely way to see the areas around Lake Shore Lodge (You can do this using bicycles or quad bikes). Break for lunch. In the evening, you’ll have a sunset cruise in a comfortable boat – a perfect way to end off a magical day. A trip up the river to do some birding and then a cruise around islands to watch the sun slip behind the Congo Mountains. Return in the late evening, dinner when you are ready and stay the overnight at Lake Shore Lodge (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: Mbeya Peak, Mbeya Tanzania

After breakfast, a 6 - 7 hours drive to the Town of Mbeya with packed lunch boxes with fewer stops on the way, arriving in the early evening. Utengule Coffee Lodge offers guests an oasis of calm on the slopes of the mighty Mbeya range in Southern Tanzania, with spectacular views across the East African Rift Valley. For the active guests, the lodge has tennis and squash courts or takes a stroll through nature to the coffee farm and enjoy a personal coffee tour. Dinner and stay the overnight at Utengule Coffee Lodge (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: Isimila Stone Age Site, Iringa Tanzania

After breakfast, drive for 5 - 6 hours to Iringa with packed lunch boxes, and visit the Isimila Stone Age. ISIMILA STONE AGE HISTORICAL SITE: A Walk through The Canyons – It is well-known for its archaeological sites, some of these sites yielded very important fossils that enlighten us about the origin of mankind. In the late 1950’s archaeologists unearthed some of the most significant stone age finds ever identified. Most of these finds were tools, estimated to be between 60 000 and 100 000 years old. They also found fossilized bones of mammals; an extinct hippopotamus and something similar to the modern day giraffe but with a shorter neck. There is evidence which shows that the area around the Isimila site was a small lake. This would have been a perfect hunting ground for hominids who lived there between 300 000 to 600 000 years ago. The tools found there confirm this theory. Looking at the site today you might be able to imagine how the land was eroded from a lake to a large canyon. Harder rock types more resistant to erosion has remained, leaving thin rock towers as high as 30m. On arrival in Iringa, you’ll pay a little visit to “IRINGA LOCAL MARKET” - a market built by the Germans during their colonial rule era. Later, you’ll visit the ‘NEEMA CFAFTS CENTRE’ - The Centre was founded in 2003 by the Diocese of Ruaha, to provide training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities through handicrafts in the Iringa region of Tanzania. It also aims to change negative attitudes towards people with disabilities in the local society. Dinner and spend the overnight at Iringa Sunset Lodge (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Ruaha National Park, Great Ruaha River, Iringa Tanzania

After breakfast, collect your packed lunch boxes and depart for a full day game drive across this largest park in the country to experience its abundant wildlife until sunset. Ruaha National Park: This is the largest national park in the country, currently bigger than The Serengeti; it has the size of 20,226 sq. kms, the name of the park is derived from the ‘Great Ruaha River’ which flows along its southeastern margin and is the focus for game-viewing. The 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 is rich of plants and animals and boasts of her almost untouched and unexplored ecosystem, making visitors’ safari experience very unique. Magnificent mammals such as both greater and lesser kudu can be spotted here. The park has high diversity of plants and animals including elephants, buffalos, antelopes and some of rare and endangered species like wild dogs with a great number of birdlife, over 570 species have been identified so far. In the evening, you’ll drive back to the lodge, rest and later have your hot dinner and spend the overnight at Ruaha Hill Top Lodge (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

Duration: 7 hours

Stop At: Ruaha National Park, Great Ruaha River, Iringa Tanzania

After breakfast, collect your packed lunch boxes and depart for another full day game drive through this enormous park to once again explore and experience its wildlife until sunset. You’ll get back to the lodge by 6:30 pm, get some rest while having a magnificent view of the Ruaha River from the lodge, later you’ll have dinner and stay the overnight at Ruaha Hill Top Lodge (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

Duration: 8 minutes

Stop At: Udzungwa Mountains National Park, Kidayi Tanzania

After breakfast, drive for 4 hours to Udzungwa Mountains National Park, arriving in the late afternoon. On arrival, check-in at the camp; dinner when you are ready and spend the overnight at Udzungwa Forest Tented Camp (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

Duration: 5 hours

Stop At: Udzungwa Mountains National Park, Kidayi Tanzania

After an early breakfast, collect your packed lunch boxes while waiting for your driver guide to pick you up and transfer you to the starting point of the hike. This is a hike through the beautiful forests and landscape scenery up to an amazing waterfall. Udzungwa Mountains National Park: The park covers an area of 1,990 sq. kms, the habitats contained within the national park include tropical rainforest, mountain forest, miombo woodland, grassland and steppe. There are more than 400 bird species, 2500 plant species (25% of which are endemics) and 6 primate species. The Iringa red colobus and Sanje crested mangabey are only found in the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, the mangabey species was undetected by biologists prior to 1979. It has the second largest biodiversity of a national park in Africa. The most common walk is the “Sanje Waterfalls” trail which takes approximately four hours to complete and allows the visitor access to the stunning 170 m waterfall and includes swimming in the waterfall plunge pools as part of the activity.It is an exclusive hiking and walking safari park. Udzungwa is the magnet for hikers which offer an excellent network of forest trails. During hiking with a professional guide, you will learn about various trees used for traditional healings and others poisonous, and the view of the largest Tanzania sugarcane plantation (Kilombero Sugarcane Valley) from the waterfall is just incredible. Back from the mountain in the late afternoon, then picked-up by your driver guide and drive for two hours to Mikumi National Park arriving in the early evening. On arrival, check-in and later have your hot dinner and stay the overnight at Tanswiss Lodge (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Kinole Waterfall, Kinole Village, Morogoro Tanzania

After breakfast, collect your packed lunch boxes and depart for a full day game drive to the beautiful Mikumi National Park to explore its wildlife until evening. Mikumi National Park: Established in 1964, it is the fourth largest park in the country covering an area of 3,230 sq. kms. The landscape of Mikumi is often compared to that of the Serengeti. The road that crosses the park divides it into two areas with partially distinct environments. During game drive at this park, you can see a rich variety of bird species, as well as large numbers of giraffe, buffalo and elephants. You may also be able to spot lions, leopards and African wild dogs. Likely to be seen animals include zebras, hippos, hartebeest, wildebeest, impala, warthog, eland and antelope. In the late evening, you’ll drive to the lodge, rest and later have your hot dinner and stay the overnight at Tanswiss Lodge (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

Duration: 8 hours

Stop At: Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

After breakfast, collect your packed lunch boxes and depart to Selous Game Reserve (a 6 - 7 hours drive). It is a very fascinating drive while crossing in the middle of the enormous Selous Game Reserve for a game drive to experience its abundant wildlife. You’ll be able to spot a large number of mammals and birdlife. You’ll arrive at the lodge in the late evening, rest and later get your hot dinner and spend the overnight at Selous Kinga Lodge (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

Duration: 8 hours

Stop At: Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Early breakfast at 07.00 and then drive to the Selous Game Reserve for a full day game drive. All day game drive in a specially modified safari vehicle with a professional guide, in which you should see and learn much about a large number of animals, including all the great favorites. Selous Game Reserve: It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 due to its wildlife diversity and undisturbed nature. Some of the typical wildlife of the miombo inhabits the reserve, such as African bush elephant, black rhino, hippopotamus, lion, East African wild dog, Cape buffaloes, Masai giraffe, Plains zebra, and Nile crocodile. Great variety of bird species, wonderful scenery, with varied topography: wetlands, dry grassland, light acacia forest and higher ground with long views to far-off mountains. It is one of the largest game reserve in Africa, covers an area of 55,000 sq. kms, with 14,000 sq.kms accessible for game drive. Packed lunch and time to rest. Your guide will select a location with shade and water nearby to watch animals coming to drink – a place with a clear view all round so that no predator can creep up unseen! After lunch, go on with the game drive across the enormous Selous until early evening. .Back to the camp by 6.30 pm, rest and later get your hot dinner and stay the overnight at Selous Kinga Lodge (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

Duration: 8 hours

Stop At: Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

An early morning walking safari with a Bushman across the reserve's environment to learn various histories (including traditional trees for medicines, various animals’ footprints and other small animals which you cannot see during the game drive). You may also be able to spot some animals heading to the river for drinking and hippos returning to their dwelling after their forage. Then back to the camp for breakfast. Rest at the camp while enjoying the view of the great Rufiji River and animals coming to drink while waiting for your hot lunch in the afternoon. In the evening, your driver guide will fetch you and transfer to the “Great Rufiji River” for a boat safari. In this relaxing activity, you will experience the aquatic life mostly crocodiles and hippos, also you may be able to spot some animals come for drinking, also you will see quite number of bird species. Over 440 known species of birds have been identified; it is a very comfortable and enjoyable boat safari while experiencing an amazing reserve's sunset from a distance. Your driver guide will come fetch you and transfer you back to the lodge, rest and later get your hot dinner and stay the overnight at Selous Kinga Lodge (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve System, Mbudya Bongoyo, Pangavini ,Fungu,Yasini,Makatumbe, Sinda , Kendwa Island, Dar es Salaam Tanzania

After breakfast, depart to Dar es Salaam (a 5 - 6 hours drive), with a stop for lunch on the way, arriving the early evening, and transfer you to the hotel/airport to catch your flight back home (breakfast & lunch included)

Duration: 5 hours
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  • Private transportation
  • 2.5 lts mineral water per person/day, professional driver guide
  • Park entrance fees, boat and walking safaris
  • Kayaking, biking, snorkeling and diving
  • Entry/Admission - Gombe Stream National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Gombe Stream National Park
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  • Entry/Admission - Lake Tanganyika
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  • Entry/Admission - Mbeya Peak
  • Entry/Admission - Isimila Stone Age Site
  • Entry/Admission - Ruaha National Park
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  • Entry/Admission - Udzungwa Mountains National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Udzungwa Mountains National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Kinole Waterfall
  • Entry/Admission - Selous Game Reserve
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  • Entry/Admission - Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve System
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  • Gratuities, visa and passport fees, alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages at the lodges
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
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  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
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  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
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