TANZANIA - WESTERN & SOUTHERN CIRCUIT - Travel Experience

Western & Southern Circuit

Tanzania July – October

Highlights

  • Big 5 Game Viewing on Safari
  • Chimpanzee Trekking
  • Boat Safaris
  • Katavi National Park, Mahali Mountains National Park, Nyerere National Park (Selous Game Reserve) &
    Zanzibar

Katavi National Park
Nyerere National Park (Selous Game Reserve) &
Zanzibar

Wildlife Viewing

Family adventure


Experience Overview

This 16-day itinerary showcases the best of Tanzania’s western and southern safari circuits, combining some of the remotest and unspoilt national parks in the country. Enjoy game drives, chimpanzee trekking, kayaking, boat safaris, bushwalks, and more, before ending off your trip relaxing on the beautiful island of Zanzibar.

Sample Itinerary

DAY1
DAY2
DAY3 - 4
DAY5
DAY6 - 8
DAY9
DAY10-11
DAY12
DAY13 - 15
DAY16
Day 1

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met by our VIP Meet & Greet representatives and assisted through customs and immigration. Thereafter you will be met by your driver and transferred to Legendary Lodge in Arusha for overnight.

Approximate driving distance: JRO – Legendary Lodge– 1 – 2 hours

Renowned as the safari capital of Tanzania, the attractive and vibrant town of Arusha is the gateway to Tanzania’s northern wildlife area and is often the first port of call for travellers. It is nestled beneath the towering peaks of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro and offers an abundance of first-class restaurants, bars, markets, attractions, and adventures. Highlights of the area include Arusha National Park in Ngurdoto Crater, the National Natural History Museum and several beautiful coffee plantations that surround the town.

Day 2

After a delicious breakfast, you will be transferred to Arusha Airport where you will catch a scheduled bush flight to Katavi National Park. Upon arrival at the airstrip, you will be met by a representative of Nomad Chada Katavi and enjoy a game drive en-route to the camp, arriving in time for lunch. Spend the afternoon enjoying the activities that the camp has to offer.

Katavi National Park is a relatively untouched wilderness paradise, situated in the western area of Tanzania, and is home to the largest herds of buffalo on the planet. Katavi National Park is the third largest park in Tanzania and is known for its diverse landscapes and abundance of game, boasting large populations of elephants, lions, hippos and more.

Day 3 - 4

Enjoy the day experiencing the adventures and activities on offer at the camp, including twice-daily game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles, bush walks with an armed guide and fly camping which will take guests to the heart of Katavi’s untamed wilderness.

Nomad Chada Katavi is a classic expeditionary camp set in the remote Katavi National Park. The camp sits bravely on the edge of the Chada Plain beneath the shady Tamarind trees, offering its guests breathtaking panoramic views, which can be enjoyed from the privacy of the tents or from the beautifully appointed dining area. Chada Katavi is all about exclusivity with its six beautifully furnished tents boast fine wooden furniture, comfy beds, and a lovely bush bathroom set behind the tent.

Day 5

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip where you will catch a scheduled bush flight to Mahale Mountains National Park. Upon arrival at the airstrip, you will be met by a representative of Mbali Mbali Mahale and enjoy a dhow boat transfer en-route to the camp, arriving in time for lunch.

Set among the spectacular, forested slopes of the Mahale Mountains, the Mahale Mountains National Park is renowned for its fantastic sunsets over Lake Tanganyika, attracting keen photographers and safari enthusiasts alike. The Mahale Mountains National Park was originally created to protect the thousands of chimpanzees that inhabit the region and its breath-taking array of habitats include rainforest, grasslands, alpine bamboo and woodlands.

Spend the afternoon enjoying the activities that the camp has to offer, including kayaking, boat safaris, forest walks, and chimpanzee trekking.

Day 6 - 8

Enjoy the day experiencing the adventures and activities on offer at the camp, including kayaking, boat safaris,
forest walks, and chimpanzee trekking.

Mbali Mbali Mahale sits on a stretch of sheltered golden beach, deep in the heart of the African interior. Boasting a backdrop formed by the dramatic Mahale Mountain range, and the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tanganyika in the foreground, this secluded and romantic hideaway is the perfect blend of relaxation and luxury. Each well-appointed Beach tent has been strategically positioned to offer guests privacy, while still allowing easy access to the beach and communal areas. Each Beach Tent is on a raised platform; delivers 24-hour electricity and hot and cold running water. The tents provide self-contained mosquito nets around the beds and bathroom. The primary activity in the park is chimpanzee trekking, carefully monitored so as to reduce human impact on the famous habituated M-Group chimps. Take a gentle boat safari on the lake, or opt for a fishing excursion, where you may encounter crocodile, hippo and otter as well as an abundance of birdlife. Kayaks are available for exploring the lake at your leisure, or you may choose to simply stretch out under one of the salas on the beach, while the gentle lapping of the lake lulls you into an afternoon siesta.

Day 9

After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip where you will catch a scheduled bush flight to Nyerere National Park (ex Selous Game Reserve). Upon arrival at the airstrip, you will be met by a representative of Siwandu Camp and enjoy game drive en-route to the camp. Spend the afternoon enjoying the activities that the camp has to offer, including kayaking, boat safaris, forest walks, and chimpanzee trekking.

Nyerere National Park, formerly known as the Selous Game Reserve, is the largest in Africa, spanning 55,000km² and is four times larger than the Serengeti. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nyerere’s riverine wilderness and diverse habitat creates the perfect environment for a wealth of animals and supports an extraordinary array of vegetation. Due to the local topography around Siwandu, our location is considered the undisputed prime position for superlative game viewing.

Nyerere has over 2,100 species of plants, more than 400 varieties of birds, more than half of Tanzania’s elephant population and over 120,000 buffalos. The Park’s 40,000 hippo and 4,000 lions are probably the largest populations on the continent; not to mention the fact that it is home to the planet’s largest population of rare wild dogs. This resplendence gives guests a rare opportunity to glimpse all of these animals in truly unspoilt landscape.

Day 10-11

Enjoy the day experiencing the adventures and activities on offer at the camp, including game drives in 4WD open sided vehicles, game walks, and boat cruise

Sheltered in a grove of palms on the shores of Lake Nzerakera, part of the watery byways of the Rufiji River system, Siwandu is perfectly situated to experience fully the breathtaking landscape and abundant wildlife of the Nyerere National Park (formerly known as the Selous Game Reserve). Broadly spaced along the lakeshore, Siwandu’s superbly-appointed accommodation ensures maximum privacy and invites you to soak up the sights and sounds of Nyerere. The 10 spacious octagonal tents of canvas and secure mosquito netting, topped in thatch, not only allows for constant air-flow, but also enables guests to gaze upon the animals as they saunter past.

Day 12

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip to catch your flight to Zanzibar. Upon arrival at Zanzibar Airport, you will be met by your driver and transferred to Zawadi Hotel where you will be staying for the next 4 nights.

Zawadi sits atop a cliff, with a spectacular view of the Indian Ocean, framed by swaying coconut palms and bougainvillea. It is a private, intimate getaway beach retreat with only twelve spacious villas. Designed in an elegant laid back beach style, Zawadi is a relaxed luxury at its best, lying on one of the most coveted locations on the island of Zanzibar with breathtaking unrivalled views of the Indian Ocean stretching as far as the eye can see. At the center of the property the cliff recedes, creating a beautiful cove of pristine white sandy beach. Guests can enjoy swimming in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean throughout the day regardless of tides and can go snorkeling straight from the beach.

Day 13 - 15

Spend the day at leisure enjoying the activities that the hotel has to offer.

Located on the southeast coast of Zanzibar just 60 minutes from the airport, it is the newest addition to the prestigious Zanzibar Collection. Zawadi offers guests accommodation in 100 sqm villas with en-suite bathrooms and a spacious terrace directly overlooking the ocean. With a relaxed atmosphere and understated elegant beach décor, it is a tranquil, laid-back hideaway offering guests an all-inclusive stay with the very best cuisine and personalized service.

Day 16

After breakfast you will be transferred to Zanzibar Airport to catch your international flight back home.

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