Example trip

Southern Tanzania & Chimpanzees

Best for:

Wildlife fans, outdoor enthusiasts and nature fanatics

10 nights
$12,000
Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct

Itinerary highlights

  • Game drives in Ruaha National Park searching for elephant, giraffe, leopard, wild dog and lion

  • An early morning bird safari in Selous Game Reserve

  • Explore the Great Rufiji River on a walking safari

  • Search the Mahale Mountains National Park for chimpanzees

  • Swim in ice-cold pools in the mountain waterfalls of Greystoke Mahale

Curated by Matt

“This itinerary is a true wilderness experience. Mahale National Park, set along the shores of Lake Tanganyika, is where Japanese scientists began chimpanzee research here in the mid-1960’s, making it arguably the best wild chimpanzee experience in the world today.”

Itinerary Details

Day 1
Arrival Dar es Salaam

Upon arrival at the airport, you’ll be escorted to your light aircraft flight to Ruaha National Park and transferred to your accommodation.

From: $12,000 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 2
Ruaha National Park

Enjoy the beauty of Ruaha National Park. Take in the stunning views, keep an eye out for strolling wildlife, relax by the campfire at night and embark on an unforgettable journey. 

From: $12,000 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 3
Ruaha National Park

Head on game drives, searching for elephant, giraffe, zebras, lion, leopard, cheetah, bat-eared foxes and jackals. In the morning, stop for a picnic under the shade of a tree; in the evening, sip on a cold gin & tonic in the heart of the bush.

Night drives will introduce you to the elusive animals that come out after dark, and walking safaris can be enjoyed with experienced armed guides and local trackers.

From: $12,000 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 4
Ruaha National Park – Selous Game Reserve

Today you’ll be transferred to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Selous Game Reserve before heading to your accommodation.

Embark on game drives in the Selous Game Reserve which - at 55,000 sq km - is almost twice the size of Belgium, and four times larger than the famous Serengeti in the North. Home to plants, birds, elephant, buffalos, and an estimated 1,300 of the worlds’ roughly 4,000 remaining rare wild dogs, there’s plenty to see.

From: $12,000 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 5
Selous Game Reserve

Spend the next few days on morning and evening game drives, game walks or birding safaris.

From: $12,000 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 6
Selous Game Reserve

Explore the Great Rufiji River and its surrounding forests and woodlands, go on a boat safari, or try fishing and fly camping.

From: $12,000 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 7
Roho Ya Selous – Arusha

Today you’ll be transferred to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Arusha and transferred to your accommodation.

From: $12,000 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 8
Arusha – Mahale Mountains National Park

You’ll fly into Mahale Mountains National Park by light aircraft before being transferred to your next accommodation.

Mahale Mountains National Park is in the far west of Tanzania, on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, and home to some of the Africa's last remaining wild chimpanzees.

Take a late afternoon trip in the dhow and enjoy sundowners on board.

From: $12,000 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 9
Greystoke Mahale

Go on a chimp trek, hike the forest paths looking for birds and butterflies, swim in ice-cold pools in the mountain waterfalls, or try fishing or kayaking on a lake. Alternatively, relax on the beach before enjoying sundowners on an old wooden dhow cruise.

From: $12,000 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 10
Greystoke Mahale

You will have today at your own leisure. 

From: $12,000 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 11
Greystoke Mahale

Explore all that Greystoke Mahale has to offer before you depart tomorrow

From: $12,000 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 12
Arusha – Kilimanjaro - Departure

Today you’ll take a light aircraft flight back to Arusha for your onward journey.

From: $12,000 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing