Tanzania Encompassed

Discover Tanzania’s extraordinary biodiversity on this epic safari which takes in the country’s most iconic national park and the famous Ngorongoro Crater.

Journey Overview

Discover Tanzania’s extraordinary biodiversity on this epic safari which takes in the country’s most iconic national park and the famous Ngorongoro Crater, trekking for wild chimpanzees in the Mahale Mountains, and a variety of exciting gameviewing activities in the vast and diverse Nyerere National Park. Stay in handpicked accommodation including a beautiful, sustainable camp built high on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, a peaceful thatched lodge that epitomises jungle chic on the shores of Lake Tanganyika and a lovely riverside retreat in the wild Nyerere National Park.

Journey Highlights

  • Experience unrivalled gameviewing in Tanzania’s most famous national park
  • Visit Africa’s Garden of Eden, the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Trek for chimps in an ancient forest in the magical Mahale Mountains
  • Explore the gin-clear waters of Lake Tanganyika by kayak or dhow
  • Enjoy a wide variety of activities from boating and fishing to walks in the wildlife-rich Nyerere National Park
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Arusha

Arrive into northern Tanzania and transfer to your elegant lodge, set in lush tropical gardens on a working coffee farm just outside Arusha.

Legendary Lodge | Meals: D

Day 2: Arusha - Ngorongoro Crater

This morning, meet your guide from A&K Tanzania and travel to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area by road. Enroute, stop for lunch and some time to stretch your legs at Gibb’s Farm, an idyllic working coffee plantation in the highlands. Later this afternoon, arrive at Entamanu Ngorongoro, an intimate camp perched high on the Crater rim with spectacular views over its wild surrounds.

Entamanu Ngorongoro | Meals: BLD

Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater

Make a very early descent into this vast extinct volcano whose towering walls form a natural enclosure for a dazzling abundance of wildlife. Wildebeest, zebra, buffalo and gazelle graze the plains, waterbuck, bushbuck and eland browse its forests, and there are healthy populations of elephant, lion, hippo and flamingo. On return to camp, call in at a traditional Maasai village for a glimpse of local life.

Entamanu Ngorongoro | Meals: BLD

Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater - Serengeti National Park

This morning, return by road to Manyara Airstrip and fly by light aircraft into the world-famous Serengeti. Gameviewing in the park varies depending on the time of year but during the peak of the wildebeest migration, the Lamai Wedge offers dress circle seats to one of the greatest nature shows on Earth.

Lamai Serengeti (July – October) or Serengeti Safari Camp | Meals: BLD

Days 5-6: Serengeti National Park

Over the next two days, accompanied by an expert safari guide, search the vast plains of the Serengeti for predators and other game. Depending on the time of year, you may witness the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra who follow the rains in their never-ending quest for fresh grass and water – an unforgettable experience.

Lamai Serengeti or Serengeti Safari Camp | Meals: BLD

Day 7: Serengeti National Park - Mahale Mountains

Fly to Kigoma where you transfer by boat across Lake Tanganyika to reach a far-flung beach on its eastern shore. Nestled upon white sands and dwarfed by the towering tropical jungle beyond, is the tiny sanctuary of Greystoke Mahale.

Greystoke Mahale | Meals: BLD

Days 8-10: Mahale Mountains

Behind the camp lie the densely forested slopes of the Mahale Mountains, home to the world’s largest known population of chimpanzees. Within hiking distance is a family group of 60. Every morning, your tracker heads out to locate the chimps. Later, join him and venture beneath the tree canopy to observe the troop as they groom, wrestle and forage across the leafy floor. Eight further species of primate and a kaleidoscope of birds, butterflies and plants can be found in this special place. If a day’s ‘chimping’ does not suffice, embark on a gentle hike, go fishing or kayak the crystalline waters of Africa’s largest rift lake.

Greystoke Mahale | Meals: BLD

Day 11: Mahale Mountains - Nyerere National Park

Head south by air via Arusha to Sand Rivers Selous, a safari camp on the banks of the Rufiji River in Nyerere National Park, formerly known as the Selous Game Reserve.

Sand Rivers Selous | Meals: BLD

Days 12-14: Nyerere National Park

Enjoy three full days to partake in all of the activities available at Sand Rivers Selous. Apart from game drives and nature walks in search of Nyerere’s amazing wildlife, you can go boating, swim in rock pools warmed by thermal springs and picnic on sandbars surrounded by grunting hippos and lazy crocodiles.

Sand Rivers Selous | Meals: BLD

Day 15: Nyerere National Park - Depart Dar es Salaam

Fly back to Dar es Salaam to meet your onward flight.

Meals: B

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

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Greystoke Mahale, Tanzania

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Journey Dates & Prices

As this suggested itinerary can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking.

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 or send us a booking enquiry to book this journey.

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