Tanzania Big cats and chimpanzees

This trip consists of two seperate parts with our Gombe Stream chimpanzee adventure following our big cat safari. You are welcome to join us for either or both. Firstly the safari part …

Tanzania big cat safari

Big cat photographs cheetah

The Ndutu region of Tanzania has been a personal favourite of mine for many years. During February, not only is the wildebeest migration passing through this area, but it’s also calving season. Thousands of wildebeest are born every day making this a time of utter plenty for the big cats who live in this region. Close encounters with lions and cheetahs are virtually guaranteed on a daily basis.

Lion kill Tanzania

You won’t be packed into a safari vehicle on this trip. A maximum of 4 people per car ensures everyone has plenty of space, both for comfort and to enable you to get the best possible photos. In Ndutu we have permission for off road driving meaning that we’ll regularly be watching and photographing wildlife at very close quarters.

Cheetah on car Tanzania

Although intimate sightings of big cats are one of the main draws of this part of the trip …

Big cat photographs lion pride

We’ll also see and photograph an immense amount of other wildllife.

Cheetah cubs Tanzania

So after one more cheetah photo from our last trip I’ll mention some of the other wildlife we can expect to see …

Big cat photo cheetah

Tens of thousands of wildebeest as far as the eye can see; huge herds of elephants; hippos; buffalo; giraffe; zebra; leopard; rhino and a large number of bird species are usually seen on this trip too. Along with Ndutu we’ll also spend time in the world famous Ngorongoro Crater and the stunningly beautiful Tarangire national park. We’ll stay in a selection of lovely safari lodges and camps designed to put us right in the heart of the wildlife action.

Dates and costs Tanzania big cat safari

February 2020 dates and prices to be confirmed very soon.

Itinerary Tanzania big cat safari

Day 1: Arrive Kilimanjaro International airport and transfer to our hotel in Arusha. Evening meal together and briefing where we’ll get excited about what lies ahead.

Day 2: After an early breakfast we’ll depart Arusha in our comfortable safari vehicle for our journey to Ndutu. After a couple of hours we’ll be inside the Ngorongoro conservation area where we’ll soon start to see an abundance of wildlife. We’re in no hurry to reach our destination and you can expect to see a considerable amount of wildlife on route including a good chance of our first big cat encounters. Lunch on route and arriving in Ndutu late afternoon. Overnight Ndutu safari lodge.

Days 3,4 & 5: Morning and afternoon safaris in and around Ndutu and the vast open plains of the Serengeti. We’ll head out early each morning so we’re in the heart of the action during the best light of the day. Return to our lovely lodge for a couple of hours in the heat of the day for lunch. Overnight Ndutu safari lodge.

Day 6: Early morning game drive followed by our journey to stay near the Ngorongoro crater. Overnight Rhino lodge.

Day 7: Early morning game drive down into Ngorongoro crater. We’ll make sure we’re the first vehicle inside this area when the park gate opens so we can enjoy this spectacular setting and the immense amout of wildlife here which includes rhino, elephant, lion and cheetah. Lunch boxes provided so we can have a snack there before heading onwards and upwards to Tarangire safari lodge for late afternoon. Overnight Tarangire safari lodge.

Day 8: Full day of game drives in Tarangire national park. This gorgeous place has huge quantities of giant Baobab trees and some of the largest herds of elephants anywhere in Africa. It’s also yielded great sightings of lion and leopard over the last few years. As an added bonus our lodge has one of the best settings ever for a sundowner !

Day 9: Early morning game drive followed by our return journey to Arusha. If you’re coming onto Gombe Stream National park for the chimpanzee part of this holiday then we’ll fly that eveing to Dar Es Salaam and overnight there. Or onward travel or overnight in Arusha depending on people’s international flight timings.

Tanzania Gombe Stream chimpanzee trip

There is no place on earth quite like Gombe Stream national park. Nestled on the shores of the vast lake Tanganyika our journey by boat from Kigoma along the shoreline is a treat in itself. After a couple of hours we’ll arrive at Gombe Stream which is where Jane Goodall first studied the chimpanzee population here.

Page under construction ... more info to follow soon !

Dates and costs Gombe Stream chimpanzee trip

Itinerary Gombe Stream chimpanzee trip

Comin soon … a few more photos from this gorgeous place – click on any thumbnail to view them larger.

Coming soon … and below are a couple of short Youtube videos I’ve made to give a glimpse into how we spend our days out there.