Though I have spent considerable time in Tanzania in 2015 and 2016, this time was almost completely spent doing field work (fighting with Lantana camara) in the East Usambara mountains, which is a very beautiful and diverse area. But as I was down in Tanzania anyway I figured that I could just as well travel around the country to see more animals. Tanzania is one of the more famous tourist destinations in Africa, but over 80% of the tourists spends its time on the northern safari circuit, which includes Ngorongoro, Serengeti & Kilimanjaro. Wildlife is indeed very good in that area, but as it is more touristy, prices are higher and it can get quite busy with tourists. As my holiday was partly within the Christmas holidays, I figured it would be better to avoid the north and head to the much less visited southern half of Tanzania. Here there are also classical safari parks, though with lower animal densities, but there are more possibilities to visit other landscapes. Of all the larger mammals of southern Tanzania the Kipunji monkey is by far the most enigmatic. This monkey was discovered only as recently as 2003 by scientists (though it was discovered simultaneously by 2 different teams....) and it is completely different from all the other African monkeys and is therefore placed in its own genus. It is not only unique, but it also looks very cool with a big crest on its head. The downside is however that there are only 1100 kipunji left in 3 separate forests. And these monkeys would not have stayed unknown to scientists if thet did not occur in very remote areas as well. All in all this sounds as a perfect target for a holiday and did I tell you that they tend to be very shy as well . Though seeing a Kipunji would be a highlight of the trip, I would not devote 3.5 weeks to one punky monkey. In the end we decided to visit the following places. Zanzibar, including Jozani Chwaka NP Lake Tanganyika Gombe stream NP (Jane Goodall did her chimp research here) Katavi NP (floodplains and miombo woodland, so good for the "standard" African mammals) Kitulo NP (insane amounts of flowers and more importantly: Kipunji) Ruaha NP (classical safari park) Udzungwa mountains ((montane) rainforest with incredible diversity) We travelled in a slightly different style then Chlidonias normally does though, we partly camped and we did not necessarily pick the cheapest guesthouse , but we used local buses as well, which is always good for "interesting" experiences.