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Western Circuit Safaris
  • Western Circuit Safaris (Mahale NP, Gombe, Katavi, Rubondo Island and Kitulo) – Starts either in Arusha or Dar Es Salaam

    Mahale Mountains National Park

    Located in the far west of the country on the shores of Lake Tanganyika and home to the best chimpanzee viewing in Africa, Mahale would stake its claim as one of the most exceptional and unique safari destinations on the continent.

    We have never had a client not see the chimps at Mahale.  Depending on the time of year that you travel however, trekking for the chimps can take between one hour and the majority of a strenuous day!  The later you go in the season the easier the viewing gets, as the chimps move down the mountains in search of food.  August to October is the best and easiest time of year to see them. Clearly though, chimps have minds of their own; any estimates for how long the walks take are just that.  What is certain is that you are only permitted one hour with the chimps when you find them.  Chimps are the main attraction, but there are plenty of other smaller primate species to see, birding is very good and the hippos and crocodiles are always close!  Leopard often come and visit but you are lucky to get a sighting.

    By the time you’ve spent the considerable time and money it takes to get to Mahale, you might as well stay at the very best – Nomad’sGreystokeMahale is world famous for both its location and the barefoot luxury it offers.  The other option which we occasionally sell is the Nkungwe Lodge, just a little further up the coast.

     

    Mahale National Park – Sample Itinerary, 4 Days Safari

    4 Days Safari Program Katavi National Park

     

     

    Mahale National Park – Sample Itinerary, 4 Days Safari

    Day 1: Arusha to Mahale National Park
    Breakfast and the drive to Arusha airport to take a charter flight from Arusha to Mahale. Mahale National Park is located about 128 km south of Kigoma town and East of Lake Tanganyika shore.  It’s dominated by Mahale mountains the highest peak being Mount Nkungwe that rises to 2 462 m above sea level. Mahale National Park is home to over 82 species of mammals and about 355 species of birds, 26 species of reptiles. Have lunch on arrival. In the afternoon you will relax at the white sand beaches. Dinner and overnight at the lodge

    Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking and game viewing

    Breakfast and then go for Chimpanzee trekking and in the afternoon you will go for game viewing where you will spot various animals and primates like the giant forest squirrel, red-legged sun squirrel ,brush-tailed porcupine , Angolan black-and-white colobus monkeys , bushy-tailed mongoose , banded mongoose , blue duiker , Sharpe’s grysbok ,lions, Grant’s zebras, warthogs, giraffes, antelopes, sable antelopes, and Lichtenstein hartebeest, marsh mongoose, Atilaxpaludinosus ,Smith’s red rock hare and Pronolagusrupestris and birds like pennant-winged nightjars, open-billed, spoonbills, crested cranes and pink-backed pelicans, African golden orioles, paradise fly-catchers and saddlebilled storks. Dinner and overnight at the lodge

    Day 3: Fishing and relaxing
    After breakfast you will go for spot fishing, and in the afternoon relax at the beach. Dinner and overnight at the lodge

    Day 4: Mahale Mountain National Park – Arusha

    Breakfast and then take a cultural tour or go kayaking or a walking safari. Have lunch and then fly with a charter flight back to Arusha.
    Gombe Stream National Park

    Gombe Stream is best known for the groundbreaking chimpanzee research conducted there by Dr. Jane Goodall. Even though it is one of the best-known parks in Tanzania, few tourists visit due to the large expense and its location far from the traditional safari route. Gombe Stream has the highest park fee in Tanzania.

    Jane Goodall began her work in the park in 1960, and Gombe’s chimpanzee research project is the longest-running study of an individual wild animal population in the world. Much of Goodall’s research, though initially controversial, has now been widely accepted. For those interested in reading more about Jane Goodall’s work, In the Shadow of Man and Through a Window discuss Goodall’s life and work in Gombe from 1960 until 2000.

    Gombe Stream is home to approximately 100 chimpanzees divided among three communities. They are most easily seen during the dry season months when the groups forage at lower elevations. Finding chimps takes from less than one hour to four hours depending on the group’s location.

    4 days/3nights Gombe Chimpanzees Tracking Safari
    Day 1: Morning departutes from from Serengeti/Arusha/Dar es Salaam Airport with flight to Kigoma. On arrival met and transferred to Kigoma Hilltop Hotel. Afternoon Kigoma Tour, visit Ujiji made famous by Dr Livingstone meeting Stanley there (‘Dr Livingstone I presume’). Visit other historical and local traditional  sites. Dinner and overnight at Kigoma Hilltop Hotel.
    Day 2: After breakfast, boat transfer on Lake Tanganyika to Gombe National Park. Visit Jane Godall Institute. After lunch Chimpanzee Trek. Dinner and overnight at Forest Lodge.
    Day 3: After breakfast, chimpanzee trek with lunch back at lodge.
    Afternoon bird and forest walk. Dinner and overnight at Forest Lodge.
    Day 4: After breakfast,  transfer with packed lunch boxes for flight to Kigoma and onwards back to Dar or Arusha
    Note: Ujiji is done on day 1 or 4 subject to flight times

     

    Katavi National Park

    Although Katavi National Park is Tanzania’s third largest national park, it is one of the least visited savannah reserves. Wildlife viewing is excellent during the dry season of June through October, when game concentrates around the three floodplains in the park. The park’s lifeline is the Katuma River, which all but dries out during the dry season. Hundreds of hippos can be seen occupying small pools during the dry season and bloody hippo fights are a common occurrence. Crocodile, buffalo, elephant and lion are seen in the park along with many antelope species. Katavi should be avoided during the rainy season when mosquitoes are abundant and game viewing difficult. However, during the dry season it is a spectacular site and is reminiscent of what safaris were like 30 years ago.

    he destinations in the West of Tanzania are best for Chimpanzee trekking. It has parks that are not well known such as Katavi and Gombe Stream. It also has a mountain called Mahale Mountain,

    The dry season (May -October) is the best period. During this period, chimpanzees are likely to be seen in big groups, the sunshine illuminates the fish in the Lake and the beach is an inviting place to relax. However, Mahale Mountains National Park is accessible all year round. A visit in the rainy season can also be a memorable experience, made remarkable by views of the neighbouring country DR Congo across the water and by incredible lightning storms that light up the lake at night.

    4 Days Safari Program Katavi National Park

    DAY 1: Arusha airport – Katavi National Park

    Shared charter flight from Arusha to Katavi National Park Lunch at Katuma Bush Lodge Afternoon short game drive if time permits Dinner and overnight at Katuma Bush Lodge Full board included

    Day 2: Walking Safaris & Game Drives In Katavi National Park

    After breakfast, Morning walking safari to explore the Katavi floodplain Lunch at the Lodge Afternoon game drive of Katavi National Park (activities can be re-routed; this can be discussed with the camp manager on your arrival. Dinner and overnight at Katuma Bush Lodge Full board includeddiscover the walking tour for 4days safari Katavi National Park

    Day 3: Game Drives & Bush Lodge InKatavi National Park

    After breakfast, morning and afternoon game drive of the park with Bushlunch Dinner and overnight at Katuma Bush Lodge Full board included

    Day 4: Katavi National Park – Arusha Airport

    After breakfast, morning at leisure Later transfer to the airstrip forshared chartered flight to Arusha via Mahale with picnic lunch breakfast and lunch

    Rubondo Island National Park

    The largest island national park in Africa, Rubondo Island lies in the southern part of Lake Victoria (the second-largest lake in Africa, after Lake Tanganyika). The island is 26km in length, and varies in width from 3km to 10km. The grassy Masa hills in the southern part of the island form a high point of 1,486m above sea level.

    Rubondo has been almost untouched by tourism. It has, though, become a sanctuary for threatened wildlife and has seen many species introduced over the years.

    Until the middle of the 20th century, Rubondo was home to a community of people whose livelihood was dependent on fishing. This all changed in 1965 when around 400 inhabitants were relocated and the Rubondo Game Reserve was formed.

    Between 1966 and 1969 Professor Bernhard Grzimek from the Frankfurt Zoological Society introduced 16 captive-born chimpanzees to the island. Rescued from zoos and circuses across Europe, these animals were brought over in crates and relocated to Rubondo where they were given a new life in the wild. The chimpanzees clearly loved their freedom and quickly established a healthy breeding troop whose population today numbers over 40 animals.

    Following on from this success, several other mammal species were introduced to the island, including elephants, giraffe, black rhinos and the rare suni antelope. Unfortunately due to poaching rhino are no longer found on the island. In 2000, 37 grey parrots that were victims of illegal trade were rescued and released on Rubondo. The parrots rapidly took to their island home and they can now found all over Rubondo.

    Given that it is a small island, Rubondo is home to a surprising number of large mammals. Of particular interest are the wild chimpanzees that were introduced in the 1960s. The chance of spotting these is, at present, relatively slim, although we’d expect better sightings as they become more habituated to humans, researchers are currently there trying to habituate them.

    Elephant and giraffe have breeding populations, although despite their size these animals are rarely seen. By contrast, sightings of hippos, crocodiles and even otters are relatively common.

    Rubondo is also one of the best places in Africa to see the semi-aquatic sitatunga antelope, which commonly sighted in the swamps on the west coast of the island. Other mammals found on Rubondo include the nocturnal civit and genet as well as a number of antelope species that are found in the dense forest.

    On the shores of the island, and smaller bodies of water inland, there are surprisingly high numbers of serrated hinged terrapins, a species native to the East African tropics. These terrapins lay their eggs between October and January with the hatchlings emerging between March and April.

    Other smaller animals worth looking out for are butterflies. A large number of species are found on Rubondo, in part due to over 40 species of orchids that grow on the island.

    Rubondo Island offers one of the best locations in Tanzania for bird watching. With over 300 species, birders will be in their element.
    On visiting recently, we were struck by the pied kingfishers which we found in large flocks, numbering upwards of 50 birds. Open-billed and marabou storks are commonly sighted on the shores along with cormorants, darters and white egrets. Rubondo also seems to have a very high concentration of fish eagles.

    With the opening of Rubondo Island Camp in 2013, the island has now become a wild safari destination – with almost a Jurassic Park feel to it.

    Rubondo can be accessed by plane from mainland Tanzania, affording spectacular views over Lake Victoria. Scheduled flights operate from many locations in Tanzania, including Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Arusha and also the Serengeti. It is also possible to fly here directly from Kigali in Rwanda if you wanted to combine Rubondo Island with a visit to the gorillas.

    The best time to visit Rubondo is during the dry season, between June and October. December through to February sees a large number of migrant bird species visit the island so for keen birders this can also be a great time to visit.

    Kitulo National Park

    Is a protected area of alpine grassland and montane forest in the Southern Highlands of Njombe Region, Tanzania. The Park covers an area of 412.9 km2 (159.4 sq mi), lying partly in Mbeya Region and mostly in Njombe Region. The protected area includes the Kitulo Plateau and the adjoining Livingstone Forest.

    Locals refer to the Kitulo Plateau as ‘BustaniyaMungu’ (The Garden of God), while botanists have referred to it as the Serengeti of Flowers.

    Protection of the Kitulo Plateau’s unique flora was first proposed by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), in response to the growing international trade in orchid tubers and increased hunting and logging activities in the surrounding forests.

     

     

           GOMBE STREAM NATIONAL PARK For 4 NTS / 5 DAYS

    FLY IN / OUT:             DAR ES SALAAM

    Day 1                     Fly from Dar Es Salaam to Kigoma.

    On arrival at Kigoma Airport, you’ll be met and transferred to Kigoma Hilltop Hotel.

    Overnight at Kigoma Hilltop Hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis.

    Day 2     0800h       After breakfast, boat trip to Gombe National Park.

    1030h       Arrive Gombe Forest Lodge. Hot lunch at Gombe Forest Lodge.

    1400h       Afternoon Trek.

    Dinner and overnight at Gombe Forest Lodge.

    Day 3     0830h       After breakfast, morning trek in the Mountains.

    Lunch at Gombe Forest Lodge. Afternoon relax at the lodge / snorkeling.

    Dinner and overnight at Gombe Forest Lodge.

    Day 4     0800h        After breakfast, morning at leisure.

    Afternoon boat ride to Kigoma Hilltop Hotel. Evening at leisure.

    Overnight at Kigoma Hilltop Hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis.

    Day 5                      After breakfast, transfer to the Kigoma Airport.

    Fly from Kigoma to Dar es Salaam.

     

     

        MAHALE MOUNTAINS   3 NIGHTS / 4 DAYS

    FLY IN / OUT:             ARUSHA

    Day 1     Early morning shared charter flight from Arusha to Mahale.

    You’ll be transferred by Dhow boat from Mahale Airstrip to the Camp – 1½ hours.

    Lunch at the lodge. Afternoon chimpanzee trekking.

    Evening sundowners on the beach.

    Dinner and overnight at Kungwe Beach Lodge.

     

    Day 2       Breakfast at the lodge. Depart for Chimpanzee trekking.

    Return to the lodge for lunch.

    Afternoon at leisure. Evenning Sundowners on the beach.

    Dinner and overnight at Kungwe Beach Lodge.

    Day 3        Breakfast at the lodge. Depart for Chimpanzee trekking.

    Return to the lodge for lunch.

    Afternoon at leisure. Evenning Sundowners on the beach.

    Dinner and overnight at Kungwe Beach Lodge.

    Day 4        Breakfast at the lodge.

    Morning transfer by Dhow boat to Mahale Airstrip  – 1½ hours.

    Depart with shared charter flight to Arusha with packed lunch.

    OPTIONAL / ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES:

    • Boat Safari and Fishing Excursions or Snorkeling / Kayak trips
    • Additional activities are optional and are usually conducted after lunch or late afternoons.
    • Fishing excursions should be pre-booked and are at an additional cost.

     

          KATAVI NATIONAL PARK  For 4 NIGHTS / 5 DAYS

    FLY IN / OUT:             ARUSHA

    Day 1     Early morning shared charter flight from Arusha to Katavi National Park.

    Camp vehicle transfer to the Lodge.

    Lunch at the lodge. Early evening game drive (time permitting)

    Evening sundowners. Dinner and overnight at Katuma Bush Lodge.

    Day 2     Light breakfast at the Lodge.

    Depart for morning game drive in Katavi National Park.

    Return to the lodge for Brunch / Early lunch.

    Afternoon at leisure. Early evening game drives in the Park.

    Evening Sundowners at the Lodge. Dinner and overnight at Katuma Bush Lodge.

    Day 3    Breakfast at the lodge.

    Depart for full day game drive with picnic lunch. Return to the lodge late afternoon.

    Evening Sundowners at the Lodge. Dinner and overnight at Katuma Bush Lodge.

    Day 4    Light breakfast at the Lodge.

    Depart for morning game drive in Katavi National Park.

    Return to the lodge for Brunch / Early lunch. Afternoon at leisure.

    Early evening game drive in the Park.

    Evening Sundowners at the Lodge.

    Barbeque Dinner and overnight at Katuma Bush Lodge.

    Day 5     Breakfast at the Lodge.

    Camp vehicle transfer to the Katavi Airstrip.

    Depart with shared charter flight to Arusha with packed lunch.

     

    OPTIONAL / ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES:

    • Walking Safaris are conducted in the mornings and should be pre-booked before arrival at the lodge.

     

     

    MBEYA SAFARIS ITINERARIES

    BRIDGE OF GOD / NGOZI CRATER SAFARIS – DAY TOUR

    DRIVE IN / OUT:                 MBEYA

    Day 1     Early morning depart for a full day adventurous trip of Bridge of God and Ngozi Crater.

    Late afternoon return back to Mbeya.

     

    KITULO NATIONAL PARKSAFARIS – DAY TOUR

    DRIVE IN / OUT:                 MBEYA

    Day 1     Early morning 0600hrs drive to Kitulo National Park with packed Breakfast and Lunch.

    Late afternoon drive back to Mbeya Town.

      BRIDGEOF GOD / NGOZICRATERSAFARIS 3 NTS/4 DAYS

    FLY IN / FLY OUT:               MBEYA

    Day 1     Fly from Dar to Mbeya. Pick up from Songwe Airport and transfer to Utengule Coffee Lodge.

    Overnight at Utengule – Bed & breakfast basis.

    Day 2     After breakfast, depart for your full day tour of Bridge of God and Ngozi Crater.

    Overnight at Utengule – Bed & breakfast basis.

    Day 3     Breakfast at the Coffee Lodge. Day at Leisure. Overnight at Utengule – Bed & breakfast basis.

    Day 4     Fly Mbeya to Dar. On arrival you’ll be picked up from Dar Airport, transfer to Sea Cliff or Dar

    Serena for dinner. After dinner transfer back to DIA for International Flight.

     

     

    BRIDGEOF GOD / NGOZI CRATER / KITULO SAFARIS

    FLY IN / FLY OUT:               MBEYA     3 NIGHTS / 4 DAYS

    Day 1     Fly from Dar to Mbeya. Pick up from Songwe Airport and transfer to Utengule Coffee Lodge.

    Overnight at Utengule – Bed & breakfast basis.

    Day 2     After breakfast, depart for your full day tour of Bridge of God and Ngozi Crater.

    Overnight at Utengule – Bed & breakfast basis.

    Day 3     Early morning 0600hrs drive to Kitulo National Park with packed Breakfast and Lunch.

    Late afternoon drive back to Utengule. Overnight at Utengule – Bed & breakfast basis.

    Day 4     Fly Mbeya to Dar. On arrival you’ll be picked up from Dar Airport, transfer to Sea Cliff or Dar

    Serena for dinner. After dinner transfer back to DIA for International Flight.

 

 
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