11 DAYS MAHALE & GOMBE NATIONAL PARK – PRIMATE SAFARI

mahaleHighlights of this primate safari include visiting the lush forests of Mahale National Park where you will be hiking and tracking the local population of chimpanzees. You’ll stay in beautiful accommodation on the shores of Lake Tanganyika and under canvas at Nkungwe Tented Camp where you can enjoy the camping experience without missing out on any creature comforts.

Although seeing chimpanzees is the obvious  highlight of this tour Lake Tanganyika is a very special place to visit and you’ll be able to snorkel in the lake and join the locals for your own fishing experience.

Oh, and did we mention the chimpanzees?! Prepare to feel humbled and very privileged to see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.

11 DAYS , 9 NIGHTS MAHALE & GOMBE NATIONAL PARK

DAY 1: ARRIVAL DAY

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International airport you will be met by your Daigle Tours guide and transferred to Kibo Palace Hotel in Arusha town.
Accommodation: Kibo Palace Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner.

DAY 2: ARUSHA – KIGOMA

In the morning after breakfast you’ll be driven to Arusha Airport for your flight to Kigoma. You’ll be picked up on arrival at Kigoma and driven to the Lake Tanganyika Beach hotel for lunch. After lunch you’ll visit the Dr.Livingstone memorial at Ujiji village where, under the shade of two historical mango trees, the Caretaker will regale you with tales about Dr. Livingstone and his famous African expedition. As the day comes to an end we’ll take you to Kigoma Hilltop Hotel where you can relax and enjoy the views over Lake Tanganyika as the sun goes down.

Accommodation: Kigoma Hilltop Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

DAY 3: KIGOMA – MAHALE NATIONAL PARK

In the morning after breakfast you’ll be driven to Lake Tanganyika for your boat trip to Mahale Mountain National Park. It takes four to six hours to get from Kigoma town to Mahale Mountain National Park by speed boat and after a packed lunch your guide will take you to the forest for late afternoon chimpanzee tracking.
Accommodation: Nkungwe Tented Camp.
Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 4 & 5: MAHALE

You will spend two full days chimpanzee tracking in Mahale. Chimpanzees normally move in search of food and nest wherever there’s an abundant food source such as their favorite fruit. Snorkeling is an option if you’d like to cool off in the water and see what lies below the surface.
Accommodation: Nkungwe Tented Camp.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 6: MAHALE – KIGOMA

After breakfast pickup for boat departure to Kigoma town. On arrival pick up and transferred to the hotel.
Accommodation: Kigoma Hilltop Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 7: KIGOMA – GOMBE

After breakfast pickup for boat departure to Gombe National park. On arrival pick up and transfer to Gombe Tented Camp where you can relax on the beach.
Accommodation: Gombe Forest lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 8: GOMBE NATIONAL PARK

Early in the morning after breakfast you’ll visit Kakombe waterfall and enjoy another full day of chimp tracking. In the late afternoon you’ll head back to beach to enjoy a cool swim in the deepest lake in the world.
Accommodation: Gombe Forest Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 9: GOMBE NATIONAL PARK

Chimpanzee tracking and visit Mwamgongo fishing village where you will enjoy traditional dancing music and experience local fishing activities.
Accommodation: Gombe Forest lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 10: Kigoma

After breakfast transfer to the lake for boat departure to Kigoma town. Pick up on arrival and transfer to Kigoma Hilltop hotel.
Accommodation: Kigoma hilltop Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 11: Departure

After breakfast pick up and transfer to Kigoma Airport on time for your flight to Dar Es Salaam.

Kibo Palace Hotel

Kibo PalaceNamed after the highest peak of Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro, Kibo Palace Hotel is one of Arusha’s most modern and innovative luxury hotels. Located in the heart of Arusha it’s a a 15-minute walk from Arusha city center and a 45-minute drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Kigoma Hilltop Hotel

kigomaSet on a remote outcrop in lush gardens overlooking Lake Tanganyika, Kigoma Hilltop Hotel is the ideal stopover point for safaris to Mahale and Gombe National Parks. The hotel has recently been refurbished and is a perfect place to relax after a long day tracking the chimpanzees.

At the end of an active day you can relax on your veranda overlooking Lake Tanganyika or cool off in the spectacular flower-shaped swimming pool. There are two restaurants here with a variety of serving dishes including freshly caught Nile Perch and authentic Indian dishes. Kigoma Hilltop Hotel offers every modern comfort for the weary traveler including air conditioning and en suite bathrooms.

Gombe Forest Lodge

Gombe Forest LodgeSet in the lush shade of ancient forest trees just off the shores of Lake Tanganyika the intimate Gombe Forest Lodge offers complete privacy by catering for just 14 guests at a time. The cozy dining area, just a couple of steps off the beach, is built on a wooden platform with an extended outside deck shaded by the forest. After a long day sundowners are served around the fire under the dazzling night sky as you watch the lanterns of hundreds of small wooden fishing boats bobbing on the lake.

Spacious Safari tents, offering comfort and simplicity, are elevated on timber platforms with a private deck overlooking the tranquil forest. They are carefully positioned under the shade of huge mango trees around the main lodge, minimizing the impact on the stunning environment. Each tent features a writing desk and chair, as well as en-suite facilities with showers.

Kungwe Beach Lodge

KungweSet deep in the heart of the African interior on a stretch of secluded golden beach on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, Kungwe Beach Lodge is the perfect blend of comfort and luxury in a romantic setting.

With the chain of wild, jungle-draped mountains rising high up behind, the lodge is ideally positioned under the tropical shade of the Mahale forest with breathtaking views over the crystal clear waters of Lake Tanganyika.

The raised thatched mess, built in the shape of a dhow boat, is where most meals are served and also offers a cozy lounge area, with a small selection of books and board games for lazy afternoons. Guests can enjoy sundowners and share their adventures around a crackling fire whilst the sun slowly slips over the mountains.

The light, airy and spacious tents, scattered along the beach are furnished in traditional safari style and the secluded patio offers wide views extending over the lake. Each tent features an en-suite bathroom with an open-air shower.

Package is inclusive of:

  • Meals;
  • Accommodation (based on double occupancy);
  • Professional Tanzanian guide;
  • Chimpanzee Trekking;
  • Snorkeling;
  • Laundry services;
  • Forest or bird walking;
  • Concession fees;
  • One bottle of mineral water per day;
  • Daily safari briefing;
  • All transfers to and from airport;
  • Flights: ARUSHA – KIGOMA – DAR.

Package is exclusive of: –

  • Tourist visas;
  • International & Domestic Flights;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Alcoholic Drinks;
  • Tips;
  • All items of a personal nature.

Cost: $7,406 per person

BOOKING

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