- 4 Chimpanzee Tracking safari
to Mahale Mountain National park
- Day 1 -
Mahale Mountain National Park
Monday 08:00H,Shared Charter from Arusha to Mahale ,Pick Up on arrival and transfer to the Lodge by boat ,Hot Lunch at the Lodge ,Afternoon: Short Chimpanzee Tracking in the forest ,Dinner and bonfire at the Lodge,Overnight at Kungwe Beach Lodge
- Day 2 -
Mahale Mountain National Park
07:00H,Breakfast at the Lodge 08:00H,Chimpanzee Tracking in the forest ,Hot Lunch at the Lodge ,Boat Safari for Bird Watching and Game Viewing ,Dinner and bonfire at the Lodge, Overnight at Kungwe Beach Lodge
- Day 3-
Mahale Mountain National Park
Wednesday 07:00H_Breakfast at the Lodge 08:00H,Chimpanzee Tracking in the forest ,Hot Lunch at the Lodge ,Fishing on the Lake ,Dinner and bonfire at the Lodge ,Overnight at Kungwe Beach Lodge
- Day 4-
Mahale Mountain National Park - Arusha
Thursday 07:00H,Breakfast at the Lodge 08:00H,Relax on the beach 12:00H,Transfer to the Airstrip by boat with lunch boxes 13:15H,Shared Charter to Arusha 17:30H,Arrive Arusha
- Tour Price Includes:
-Shared Air Charters Arusha/Mahale/Arusha
-Return Boat Transfers
-Full Board Accommodation
-Park Entrance Fees
-Beverages at the Camp
-Laundry at the Camp
-Professional Tour Guide
-Camp fees, Camp fees
- 1 X fishing and 1 x Boat Safari
- Extras at the lodges i.e. drinks, telephone etc,
- International flight
- Departure tax
- Tips to the driver/guide (highly recommended),
- Visa, Travel Insurance (we can help arrange of them)
Chimpanzee Life 4 Days
This tour takes you to to the middle of Chimpanzee swinging and chartering from tree to tree enjoying their bush life and welcoming visitors in their territory in the western corner of the country in Mahale Mountains National park bordered westward with the great world’s deepest lake Tanganyika for 3 nights. Lake Tanganyika and Chimpanzees are the major attractions of the park, mammals including variety of birds species and reptiles, accommodation in Tented camp with bush shower or budget camping site booked on full board arrangements.
You will enjoy and experience nature, wildlife, habit and habitat of the fauna and flora in the natural areas, also peoples and culture. Availability 90% Book Now
Minimum Rate Per Adult: US$ 2464
Departing From: Arusha
Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Departure Time: 1230 Hrs
Departures: Tuesdays and Fridays only
Minimum Persons Required: 2
Best Time: All round the year
Chimpanzee Safari - Tanzania Chimp - Trekking Safaris mahale , Primate Tours in Tanzania, Chimpanzee Trekking Safari Tanzania Tour
Set deep in the heart of the African interior, inaccessible by road and only 100km (60 miles) south of where Stanley uttered that immortal greeting “Doctor Livingstone, I presume”, is a scene reminiscent of an Indian Ocean island beach idyll.
Silky white coves hem in the azure waters of Lake Tanganyika, overshadowed by a chain of wild, jungle-draped peaks towering almost 2km above the shore: the remote and mysterious Mahale Mountains.
Mahale Mountains is home to some of Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzees: a population of roughly 800 (only 60 individuals forming what is known as "M group"), habituated to human visitors by a Japanese research project founded in the 1960s. Tracking the chimps of Mahale is a magical experience. The guide's eyes pick out last night's nests - shadowy clumps high in a gallery of trees crowding the sky. Scraps of half-eaten fruit and fresh dung become valuable clues, leading deeper into the forest. Butterflies flit in the dappled sunlight.
Then suddenly you are in their midst: preening each other's glossy coats in concentrated huddles, squabbling noisily, or bounding into the trees to swing effortlessly between the vines.
The area is also known as Nkungwe, after the park's largest mountain, held sacred by the local Tongwe people, and at 2,460 metres (8,069 ft) the highest of the six prominent points that make up the Mahale Range.
And while chimpanzees are the star attraction, the slopes support a diverse forest fauna, including readily observed troops of red colobus, red-tailed and blue monkeys, and a kaleidoscopic array of colourful forest birds.
You can trace the Tongwe people's ancient pilgrimage to the mountain spirits, hiking through the montane rainforest belt – home to an endemic race of Angola colobus monkey - to high grassy ridges chequered with alpine bamboo. Then bathe in the impossibly clear waters of the world’s longest, second-deepest and least-polluted freshwater lake – harbouring an estimated 1,000 fish species - before returning as you came, by boat.
About Mahale Mountains National Park
Size: 1,613 sq km (623 sq miles).
Location: Western Tanzania, bordering Lake Tanganyika.
Charter flight from Arusha, Dar or Kigoma.
Charter private or national park motorboat from Kigoma, three to four hours.
Weekly steamer from Kigoma, seven hours, then hire a local fishing boat or arrange with park HQ for pickup in park boat, another one or two hours.
What to do
Chimp tracking (allow two days); hiking; camping safaris; snorkelling; fish for your dinner.
When to go
Dry season (May-October) best for forest walks although no problem in the light rains of October/November.
Three seasonal luxury tented camps.
Two small resthouses, large campsite.
Gombe Stream National Park
An excited whoop erupts from deep in the forest, boosted immediately by a dozen other voices, rising in volume and tempo and pitch to a frenzied shrieking crescendo. It is the famous ‘pant-hoot’ call: a bonding ritual that allows the participants to identify each other through their individual vocal stylisations. To the human listener, walking through the ancient forests of Gombe Stream, this spine-chilling outburst is also an indicator of imminent visual contact with man’s closest genetic relative: the chimpanzee.
Gombe is the smallest of Tanzania's national parks: a fragile strip of chimpanzee habitat straddling the steep slopes and river valleys that hem in the sandy northern shore of Lake Tanganyika. Its chimpanzees – habituated to human visitors – were made famous by the pioneering work of Jane Goodall, who in 1960 founded a behavioural research program that now stands as the longest-running study of its kind in the world. The matriarch Fifi, the last surviving member of the original community, only three-years old when Goodall first set foot in Gombe, is still regularly seen by visitors.
Chimpanzees share about 98% of their genes with humans, and no scientific expertise is required to distinguish between the individual repertoires of pants, hoots and screams that define the celebrities, the powerbrokers, and the supporting characters. Perhaps you will see a flicker of understanding when you look into a chimp's eyes, assessing you in return - a look of apparent recognition across the narrowest of species barriers.
The most visible of Gombe’s other mammals are also primates. A troop of beachcomber olive baboons, under study since the 1960s, is exceptionally habituated, while red-tailed and red colobus monkeys - the latter regularly hunted by chimps – stick to the forest canopy.
The park’s 200-odd bird species range from the iconic fish eagle to the jewel-like Peter’s twinspots that hop tamely around the visitors’ centre.
After dusk, a dazzling night sky is complemented by the lanterns of hundreds of small wooden boats, bobbing on the lake like a sprawling city.
About Gombe Stream National Park
Size: 52 sq km (20 sq miles), Tanzania's smallest park.
Location: 16 km (10 miles) north of Kigoma on the shore of Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania.
Kigoma is connected to Dar and Arusha by scheduled flights, to Dar and Mwanza by a slow rail service, to Mwanza, Dar and Mbeya by rough dirt roads, and to Mpulungu in Zambia by a weekly ferry.
From Kigoma, local lake-taxis take up to three hours to reach Gombe, or motorboats can be chartered, taking less than one hour.
What to do
Chimpanzee trekking; hiking, swimming and snorkelling;
visit the site of Henry Stanley's famous “Dr Livingstone I presume” at Ujiji near Kigoma, and watch the renowned dhow builders at work. .
When to go
The chimps don't roam as far in the wet season (February-June, November-mid December) so may be easier to find;
better picture opportunities in the dry (July-October and late December).
1 new luxury tented lodge, as well a self-catering hostel, guest house and campsites on the lakeshore.
Strict rules are in place to safeguard you and the chimps. Allow at least 2 days to see them - this is not a zoo so there are no guarantees where they'll be each day.