Chimpanzee Wilderness Safari Experience

A 7 night / 8 day safari taking in 2 dramatic parks that rise up from the shores of Lake Tanganyika and home to Chimpanzees –  Mahale Mountains National Park and Gombe Streams National Park. This is an excellent safari to experience and learn about these amazing primates as it includes Chimpanzee trekking through the forest. The safari also includes a visit to the oldest town in Western Tanzania, once home to Dr David Livingstone.

Accommodation is at Kungwe Beach Lodge, Kigoma Hilltop Hotel and Gombe Forest Lodge.

Itinerary (Departures on Monday or Thursday)

Day 1 (Mon or Thur) – Arusha / Mahale Mountains National Park

8am charter flight from Arusha to Mahale (arrives 12.10h). Met at Mahale Airstrip and transfer (approx 90 mins) by dhow boat to the Kungwe Beach Lodge where you will be welcomed for lunch. Afternoon chimpanzee trekking or Forest Walk. Evening sundowners on the beach and dinner / overnight at Kungwe Beach Lodge.

Day 2 – Mahale Mountains National Park

After breakfast at the lodge, depart for a morning of chimpanzee trekking, returning to the lodge for lunch. Afternoon at leisure to walk along the beach, go fishing or bird watching. Evening sundowners on the beach and dinner / overnight at Kungwe Beach Lodge.

Day 3 – Mahale Mountains National Park

After breakfast at the lodge, depart for a morning of chimpanzee trekking, returning to the lodge for lunch. Afternoon at leisure to walk along the beach or go fishing on Lake Tanganyika. Evening sundowners and BBQ dinner on the beach. Overnight at Kungwe Beach Lodge.

Day 4: Mahale Mountains National Park / Kigoma

Depart the lodge after breakfast and transfer by dhow boat back to Mahale Airstrip. Take the 12.25h flight to Kigoma (arrives approx 12.55h) where you will be met and transferred to Kigoma Hilltop Hotel for 1 night. Lunch at hotel. Take an afternoon trip to Ujiji and the Livingstone Memorial (or take a Fishing Village tour, optional and at a supplement). Return to Kigoma Hilltop Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 – Kigoma / Gombe Streams National Park

After an early breakfast at the hotel, depart on the dhow boat transfer (approx 2 hours) to Gombe Stream National Park, made famous by the primatologist Dr Jane Goodall. Arrive at Gombe Forest Lodge for lunch. Take an afternoon trek in search of chimpanzees. Return to the lodge for evening sundowners, dinner and overnight.

Day 6 – Gombe Streams National Park

Breakfast at the lodge, then depart for a morning of chimpanzee trekking. Return to the lodge for lunch. Afternoon at leisure. Evening sundowners, dinner and overnight at Gombe Forest Lodge.

Day 7 – Gombe Streams National Park

Breakfast at the lodge, then depart for a morning of chimpanzee trekking. Return to the lodge for lunch. Afternoon at leisure. Evening sundowners, dinner and overnight at Gombe Forest Lodge.

Day 8  – Gombe Streams National Park

After breakfast at the lodge take the morning dhow transfer back to Kigoma where you will be met and transferred to Kigoma Airport for the 13.30h flight to Arusha (arrives approx 17.00h). Picnic lunch supplied.

Optional / Additional activities include:

  • Boat Safari and Fishing excursions or Snorkelling / Kayak trips
  • Snorkelling
  • Kigoma / Ujiji Town tour or Fishing Village tour

Notes:

  • Ujiji Town tour can be combined with Airport pick-up on Day 4
  • Fishing Village tour optional and at an additional cost
  • Additional activities are optional, and are usually conducted after lunch or late afternoons
  • Fishing excursions should be pre-booked and is at an additional cost

Prices

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Chimpanzee Wilderness Safari: PRICES ARE IN US$

3 nights Kungwe Beach Lodge, Mahale National Park,  1 night Kigoma Hilltop Hotel & 3 nights Gombe Forest Lodge, Gombe Stream National Park  [Departs every Monday & Thursday, Minimum 2 people].
Prices include: Shared air charter Arusha / Mahale, 3 nights Kungwe Beach Lodge. Daily meals, local beers, selection of spirits and house wines, soft drinks and water, laundry, Concession fees, 1 x Chimpanzee Trek per day, 1 x Boat Safari per stay (two hours – Option 1: See the Hippos and take a short river cruise and try the local methods of freshwater fishing. Option 2: Visit a neighboring fishing village, Katumbi, for a Cultural Tour. Pay for another boat safari to do both), Return Mahale Airstrip boat transfers, Kayaking. Shared air charter Mahale/Kigoma for 1 night full board accommodation at Kigoma Hilltop Hotel with Ujiji Livingstone tour in the afternoon. 2-hour boat transfers to Gombe Forest Lodge for 3 nights on full board with daily meals, local beers, selection of spirits and house wines, soft drinks and water, laundry, Concession fees, 1 x Chimpanzee Trek per day and Kayaking. Boat transfer back to Kigoma and then shared air charter Kigoma/Arusha.
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DATES FROM DATES TO PER PERSON| SHARING SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT
01-Aug-18 31-Oct-18 8010 USD 40 USD
01-Nov-18 20-Dec-18 6605 USD 40 USD
21-Dec-18 04-Jan-19 8010 USD NIL
05-Jan-19 28-Feb-19 6805 USD 40 USD
01-Mar-19 29-May-19 CLOSED
01-Jun-19 31-Oct-19 8275 USD 40 USD
01-Nov-19 20-Dec-19 6805 USD 40 USD
21-Dec-19 31-Dec-19 8275 USD 40 USD

Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and may change.

Important Note: Seasonal Supplement of US$ 100 per person per night at Kungwe Beach Lodge for the dates Jan 01st – 04th 2019

CHILD POLICY: Children aged under 12 years and sharing a room with 1 or 2 adults each pay 60% of adult rate.

Chimp viewing: is limited to 6 guests per group. Children under 12 years are not allowed on chimp treks, and children remaining at the lodge must be supervised by an accompanying adult at all times.

 

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