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This exciting journey combines Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park, with the thrill of tracking chimpanzees and experiencing the wild shores of Lake Tanganyika.
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Eight nights accommodation, meals as indicated, sightseeing, activities and flights as specified and two chimpanzee trekking permits.
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Serengeti National Park
Chimpanzee trekking in Mahale Mountains National Park
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This morning depart Arusha and drive to Lake Manyara National Park. On arrival there will be a game drive with a picnic lunch followed by an afternoon transfer to the 5-star Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge, where you will spend the next two nights. (L)(D)
Today is spent exploring down inside the Ngorongoro Crater. The crater was formed more than 25 million years ago by the collapse of a massive volcano. The volcanic ash has produced lush vegetation which in turn supports more than 30,000 resident mammals. Return to your lodge by late afternoon. (B)(L)(D)
Following breakfast depart by road to the Serengeti, arriving at Ole Serai Camp, where you will spend the next three nights, in time for lunch. This afternoon set off on a game drive, returning as the sun sets. (B)(L)(D)
The next two days are spent on morning and afternoon game drives. With more than 14,000 square kilometres of grassland plains to traverse and over half a million wildebeest, 250,000 zebra, the Big Five, cheetah, Thomsons and Grant’s gazelle, hyena, impala and wild dog, the Serengeti offers phenomenal wildlife viewing. (B)(L)(D)
See Day 4 for today's itinerary. (B)(L)(D)
Following breakfast transfer to Seronera Airstrip for your shared charter flight to Mahale Mountains National Park.
In the 1613 square kilometres of the Mahale Mountains, there are still no roads. All you’ll find are forest paths and tracks made by animals over the years. This, and the fact that the only practical way of reaching camp is by boat, adds to the sense of seclusion here. As well as the chimps, the forest is home to
many other animals including bushbucks, bush pigs and an incredible array of birds and butterflies. It’s also inhabited by nine species of primate.
The next three nights are spent at Greystoke Mahale. Greystoke Mahale sits on a pristine, white sandy beach overlooking the turquoise water of Lake Tanganyika, with the forested slopes of the Mahale Mountains behind. Activities include chimp trekking, boat trips, deep water swims, forest walks and village visits. (B)(L)(D)
As news comes in from the trackers, head off into the forest in search of your first group of chimps. As well as time spent watching the chimps as they play, groom and possibly even hunt, you should see other forest game as well as amazing birds, butterflies and plants. Return to camp for the rest of the day at leisure with a choice of optional activities. (B)(L)(D)
You will be able to spend time chimp trekking on each full day you’re in Mahale. In addition there’ll be the chance to go for deep water swims, fish in the lake, kayak or just head up to one of the amazing waterfall pools in a quiet corner of the forest. (B)(L)(D)
Depart camp after breakfast for the return dhow trip to the airstrip and your onward flight back to Arusha. (B)(L)
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