North Tanzania & Mahale Chimps

North Tanzania & Mahale Chimps, As with all our wildlife safaris, climbs and beach escapes we are the creators of not just adventure holidays but put a lot of time and energy into making life time amazing experiences. This particular safari is just that – custom made and ready to see how it fits to your wish list. We could not bring you to Tanzania without showcasing the northern safari circuit, it has everything and more than you could possible imagine. You will get so close to wildlife and the big cats that the reassurance of having a 4 x 4 vehicle around you will be a comforting thing! The safari accommodation is a great mix of traditional safari camps and classic lodges which are comfortable in every manner and in prime game viewing and scenic areas. After exploring the northern safari national parks, your journey will head back through to Kilimanjaro!! Don’t fear we have added a great day hike for all ages and fitness levels through the western reaches of the highest free standing mountain in the world. Easy walking trails cut across heath land through to Mandara huts – where you can sit back and enjoy a picnic lunch and breath in the fresh mountain air whilst soaking in the snow capped peaks in the distance. Now to finish this amazing safari experience we have kept the focus on wildlife and will fly you across the country to the chimpanzees of Mahale national park. It is the perfect place for simple forest walks and the reason for coming chimp trekking. Here one can enjoy swimming in the many water holes and streams the crisscross the forest trails! What better way to see and explore Tanzania with a combination of walking and vehicle based wildlife and wilderness locations and experiences.

Day 1: Arrival

Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport where you will be collected and transfer to Kaliwa Lodge located at the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Machame village.

O/n Kaliwa Lodge (D)

Day 2: Kilimanjaro Day Hiking

Morning transfer to Marangu village where you start the hike up Mt. Kilimanjaro accompanied by a professional guide – hike up to Mandara hut which is the first hut on the multiple day treks. Enjoy a picnic lunch and then slowly descend back to Marangu gate and transfer to Kaliwa Lodge for dinner and overnight.

O/n Kaliwa Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 3: To Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast depart towards Lake Manyara National Park for game drives of this very diverse park. If you are lucky you may see the famous tree climbing lions. Picnic lunch in the bush followed by game drives until mid-afternoon – then slowly make your way out of the park and head to Karatu town

O/n Karatu Country Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 4: Manyara to Serengeti National Park

Morning wake-up call with bird chorus. After breakfast you head via the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the endless plains of Serengeti. Game drive en-route to central Serengeti – explore the many different areas of the park, your driver guide will advice on the best places to visit.

O/n Kisura Serengeti Tented Camp (B, L, D

Day 5: Serengeti National Park

Optional: Early morning head out for a Balloon flight. View the Serengeti plains from a hot air balloon

followed by champagne breakfast on the landing site. A full day of game drives in Serengeti National Park. Head over to the Rock Kopjes where you have good chances of seeing some of the cat families. Cheetah and lion use this giant rock out crops as observation posts.

O/n Kisura Serengeti Tented Camp (B, L, D

Day 6: Ngorongoro Nature Walk

After breakfast game drives en-route out of the Serengeti, heading back through the Ngorongoro

Conservation Area towards the Ngorongoro Crater. Continue to the crater rim and onto the NCAA HQ where you collect a ranger who will accompany you on a nature walk of the crater rim. Late afternoon head to Rhino lodge located just off the Ngorongoro Crater rim – enjoy your dinner and overnight.

O/n Rhino Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater

Early morning descend into the crater for game drives. There are 25,000 large mammals residing in the park. The elephants are mainly bulls, females stay out of the park due to it boasting the largest predator population in Africa. Black Rhino also make their home on the grassy plains, their numbers make up for almost half of what can still be found in East Africa; about 20 in total. Leave the crater early afternoon and transfer back to Arusha where you check in at your accommodation.

O/n Arusha Planet Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 8: Arusha to Mahale National Park (THURSDAY DEPARTURES ONLY)

After an early breakfast you will be transferred to Arusha Airport where you connect with your shared charter to Mahale airstrip. On arrival you will be collected and then connect with the boat to Gombe Stream where you will arrive late afternoon.

O/n Kungwe beach lodge (B, L, D)

Day 9: Chimp Trekking (FRIDAYS)

Morning chimpanzee trekking, returning to the lodge for a hot lunch. Afternoon at leisure.

O/n Kungwe beach lodge (B, L, D)

Day 10: Chimp Trekking (SATURDAYS)

Morning chimpanzee trekking, returning to the lodge for a hot lunch. Afternoon at leisure.

O/n Kungwe beach lodge (B, L, D)

Day 11: Chimp Trekking (SUNDAYS)

Morning chimpanzee trekking, returning to the lodge for a hot lunch. Afternoon at leisure.

O/n Kungwe beach lodge (B, L, D)

Day 12: Back to Arusha (MONDAYS)

Boat transfer back to the airstrip. Shared charter back to Arusha with a packed lunch. On arrival transfer to your accommodation.

O/n Ilboru Safari Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 13: Departure

Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home or to your next safari/beach destination. (B)

Note: O/N = Overnight, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

  • Included:
  • Meals as stipulated |B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner
  • Complimentary mineral water x1.5 liters per person in the safari vehicle
  • 4×4 game viewing vehicles plus driver guide (window seat guaranteed)
  • Unlimited game drives
  • Emergency Evacuation Cover
  • All transfers and activities as mentioned above
  • Park fee, Conservation fees and Community Development Fees
  • Accommodation as stipulated
  • Domestic flight(s) as stipulated


  • Tips suggested: Driver guide $8-$10 per person sharing the vehicle per day
  • Drinks apart from 1,5 liter mineral water during the safari
  • Visa and airport departure tax
  • Items of personal nature and not mentioned in the above itinerary