Day 1: Arrive Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
We will meet and greet you upon arrival at the Dar Es Salaam International Airport, and then transfer to the comfortable Southern Sun Hotel for the night. You can settle in and enjoy a welcome dinner, spend the eveining meeting fellow travellers.
Day 2: Dar es Salaam to Gombe Stream National Park
After early breakfast, the adventure begins travelling to the airport, where we take a short domestic flight to Kigoma, arrival time approx lunchtime. We then transfer to a lake boat for the two-hour journey on maginificent Lake Tanganyika to the stunning Gombe Forest Lodge, situated on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. The lodge has been designed with every comfort in mind, whilst minimizing the disturbance and impact of such a stunning environment. The camp's spacious tents, set on wooden platforms are shaded by huge Mango trees along the lake shore, each tent featuring a writing desk, en-suite facilities.That evening we settle in to our new lodgings at Gombe Forest Lodge.
For all overnight stays at Gombe Forest Lodge (B,L,D) included
Day 3: Gombe Stream National Park
Oue expedition begins in the morning as we take our first outing to track the Chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park. It is our first FULL day in Gombe and we plan to go Chimpaneze tracking in the morning, then optionally can hike to Jane’s Peak in the afternoon to enjoy the spectacular view. The Chimpaneze tracking can last from one to three hours, so you should be prepared for hiking on steep and sometimes slippery terrain, and you should be able to walk under such conditions for several hours.
Day 4: Gombe Stream National Park
Today is our second FULL day in Gombe and we plan to go chimp tracking again. As yesterday you would have learned and experienced the Chimpanzees, now you can fully appreciate being in their environment, again the tracking can last from one to three hours, make sure you are prepared. In the afternoon we can hike again or relax on the beach, and there could be an opportunity to meet with some of the Jane Goodall staff for cocktails in the evening. We should certainly plan to end the day with a swim in Lake Tanganyika!
Day 5: Dar es Salaam to Selous Game Reserve
This morning we take the boat transfer back to Kigoma, enjoy a short tour of Ujiji where we can visit the memorial located in the exact spot where famed adventurer H.M. Stanley finally located Dr. Livingstone and uttered the famous phrase…”Dr. Livingstone I presume”. After the tour we enjoy lunch and then fly back to Dar es Salaam. We have rooms again reserved at the Southern Sun Hotel, so rest up before our next adventure begins on Safaris at Selous NP.
Day 6: Dar es Salaam to Selous Game Reserve
Fly from Dar es Salaam early in the morning to arrive at Selous Game Reserve, where we are picked up from the airstrip and transfer to our Camp for the next two nights. We will enjoy a game drive on the way, and have lunch in camp and then a short siesta. Later this afternoon go on either a game drive or boat safari.
Overnight at Lake Manze Tented Camp (B,L,D) Boat ride, Lake Manze Tented Camp
Day 7: Selous Game Reserve (Walking or Driving Safaris Options)
We arise early morning and ahve options to choose whether we depart on a walking Safari to the Selous Game Reserve, with the guidance of an armed ranger, the walk takes approximately 3 hours before you come back for a late breakfast, rest and lunch. The other option is to take a game drive, or even an early morning boat ride. All options return to camp for lunch. Later this afternoon proceed with a game drive until sunset. Walking excursions offer a good chance of seeing giraffe, zebra, elephant and birds at a close range.
Overnight at Lake Manze Tented Camp (B,L,D) Chapwani Private Island
Day 8: Selous to Zanzibar
Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkey, Zanzibar/p>
We can have another early morning game drive, return to camp for brunch and then transfer to the airstrip for a flight to Dar es Salaam, and onwards for the short flight to Zanzibar, the famed Spice Island, where we plan to spend a couple of days relaxing, with opportunities to visit the Jozani Forest to see the endemic Red colobus monkeys, plus ample time to go snorkeling in the Indian Ocean. We fly over and after a short drive through Stone Town transfer by boat over to Chapwani Island and our lodging for the next few days.
Day 9: Zanzibar and the Jozani Forest
Overnight at Chapwani Private Island (B,L,D) Zanzibar street scene
This morning we take a boat back to the main island of Zanzibar and drive to the Jozani Forest, where we go in search of the endemic, and highly endangered, Red colobus monkey. We plan to have lunch in Stone Town before a short guided tour of this historic site and plan to return to our beach-side lodge in time to catch sunset cocktails on the beach!
Day 10: Chapwani Private Island
Overnight at Chapwani Private Island (B,L,D)
Today we have a full day to relax on Chapwani island. Perhaps go snorkeling in the morning and enjoy a massage on the beach in the afternoon. Wander the trail to the view the fruit bat colony located in the middle of the island.
Day 11: Chapwani Private Island to flights home
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast this morning before transfer to the airport on Zanzibar in time to connect with your international flights from Dar Es Salaam.