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4 Day Deluxe Chimpanzee Trek - Mahale Mountains

4 Days/3 Nights

Located on a long stretch of Lake Tanganyika’s golden sandy shores, beneath the majestic Mahale Mountains is the luxurious Kungwe Beach Resort. Each day you will enjoy a chimp trek into the lush jungle of Mahale, you will also get a chance to observe a breathtaking array of birdlife, mammals and reptiles not to mention the 9 species of primate that inhabit this park. Each day you will return to the luxury of your resort and enjoy the many activities they have on offer. Enjoy snorkelling in Lake Tanganyika and observe the colourful cichlids that call this Lake home.

You will feel comfortably isolated by Mahales remoteness, nowhere is this more evident than your dramatic arrival and departure by traditional dhow boat. A true African adventure into the deepest jungle!!

Budget Standard Luxury Campsite Permanent Campsite Lodge Hotel

Safari Highlights

  • Mahale Mountains National Park
  • Lake Tanganyika
  • Fly in & Fly Out Safari
  • Chimp Trekking
  • Dhow boat
  • Boat safari's
  • Fishing Excursions
  • Snorkelling
  • Kayaking

Safari at a Glance

DayRegionAccommodation
1Arusha to Mahale Mountains National ParkKungwe Beach Lodge
2Mahale Mountains National ParkKungwe Beach Lodge
3Mahale Mountains National ParkKungwe Beach Lodge
4Mahale to Arusha
The Itinerary

Day 1: Arusha to Mahale Mountains National Park

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
This morning you will depart for Mahale National Park. Enjoy an early morning charter flight from Arusha Airport directly to Mahale. After touching down on the airstrip you will be transferred by traditional dhow boat to your luxury accommodation at the stunning Kungwe Beach Lodge. The dhow cruise takes about 1.5 hours and is a magical entrance to the world of Mahale. The staff will warmly welcome you and you will enjoy lunch at the lodge. After lunch you will enjoy a chimp trek into the pristine Mahale Mountain jungle.

Day 2 & 3: Mahale Mountains National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

For the next 2 days you will arise to a delicious breakfast at the lodge. After enjoying breakfast you will trek to enjoy the habituated ‘M’ group of chimpanzees as they groom, squabble and delight you with their animated antics. The ‘M’(Mimikire) troop is numbered at approximately 56 chimps. During your hike to the chimps you will find yourself immersed in the sights and sounds of Mahale. You will return to Kungwe Beach Lodge to enjoy lunch. In the afternoon you are free to enjoy the activities offered by the lodge – these include boat safaris, kayaking, snorkeling and fishing(fishing is available at $85pp/per trip). The section of Lake Tanganyika that Kungwe Beach occupies has some of the best freshwater fishing in Tanzania. Here, you may expect to catch Nile perch and Yellow Belly to name but a few. In the afternoon sit back and sip a sundowner while being entertained by the baboons that frequent the beach area.

Day 4: Mahale to Arusha

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

On your last day you will enjoy a leisurely breakfast and you will sadly bid Kungwe Beach Resort goodbye as we make our way back to the Mahale Airstrip. The dhow cruise takes about 1.5 hours and you will get to take your last photos of this paradise. Enjoy an aerial perspective of Mahale as you fly over the mountains and head back to Arusha where your safari concludes. You may wish to add one of our optional activities as your next destination. Maybe a gorilla trek, or you may just like to relax and enjoy a beach break in Zanzibar.

Cost and Availability

Start DateEnd DateAvailabilityPrice
01/01/201731/12/2017AvailablePrice on enquiry

What's Included?

  • Prices based on twin share
  • Return flights from Arusha
  • Full board accommodation and meals
  • Daily park entrance fees
  • Camp & concession fees
  • Tour guide fees
  • 1 x chimpanzee trek per day (1 hour per day)
  • Snorkelling
  • Soft drinks and bottled water
  • Laundry service
  • Airport transfers to and from the lodge
  • Baggage limit on light aircraft is strictly 15kg per person

Please note that children under the age of 12 years are not permitted on Chimpanzee treks as should be accompanied by adults at all times around the lodge.

What's Not Included?

  • Tips and gratuities
  • Fishing excursion ($85 per person)
  • Alcoholic drinks (payable cash on departure)
  • Insurance
  • Flying doctor / medical evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • International flights
  • Easter, Christmas & New Years supplements may apply