West Tanzania – Ultimate Chimpanzee Adventure

Visit two of the most remote wildlife destinations in Tanzania; the Mahale Mountains National Park and the Gombe Stream National Park, both world renown for incredible chimpanzee tracking experiences. On the shores of Lake Tanganyika the Mahale Mountain forests are home to one of the largest populations of habituated chimpanzees in Africa, while the Gombe chimpanzees are the descendants of individuals observed by the primatologist Dr Jane Goodall DME. Prepare yourself for a thrilling encounter with our closest living genetic relative!

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DAY 1: Kigoma – Gombe Stream National Park (D)

Upon arrival in Kigoma you will be met at the airport. Your transfer to Gombe will be by a dhow boat along Lake Tanganyika. Gombe Stream National Park was established in 1968 and is an untamed forest which includes grassland, bamboo and tropical rainforest. Besides chimpanzees it is home to other primates such as olive baboons, red colobus, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, vervet monkeys and also over 200 bird species.

Depending on your arrival time you may have time to explore the park on a forest walk, or you may choose to relax at the lodge.

Overnight: Tented Lodge

DAY 2 & 3: Gombe Stream National Park (B, L, D)

You have two full days to explore Gombe Stream National Park. Despite being the smallest of Tanzania’s national parks at 52 sq. km (20 sq. miles) it is world renown due Dr Jane Goodall’s chimpanzee research, and you will have the opportunity to observe descendants of the individuals she observed.

In the mornings your guide will lead you on a trek through the park to locate a group of chimpanzees. Chimpanzee group sizes can range in size from 2 up to 80 individuals in large home ranges. The total chimpanzee numbers in Gombe are currently estimated at around 95 individuals. Once you locate a group you will observe them for up to an hour and because of the chimpanzees their large social groups it’s possible to witness various behaviours, such as mothers interacting with infants, or grooming which is a key activity to reinforce individuals social status. After leaving the chimpanzees it will be possible visit other areas of the park, such as hiking to “Jane’s Peak”, one of Dr Jane Goodall’s favourite locations and where there are spectacular views of the park and Lake Tanganyika.

Overnight: Tented Lodge

DAY 4: Gombe Stream National Park – Mahale Mountains National Park (B,L,D)

Today you will transfer to Mahale Mountains National Park. You travel on a dhow boat back to Kigoma where you will be met and transferred to your car. There is then a drive of approximately 4½ hours to reach the park. On arrival you can relax with a sundowner on the shores of Lake Tanganyika and prepare for tomorrows early start.

Overnight: Tented Lodge

DAY 5 & 6: Mahale Mountains National Park (B,L,D)

Today you will head out with your guide into Mahle Mountains National Park home to the largest populations of chimpanzees in Tanzania, approximaely 1000 individuals. Your guide will locate an habituated group, but the length of your trek to the group will vary depending on the location of the chimpanzees.

Once you are with the group there will be plenty of opportunites to observe the chimpanzees and take some memorable photos. Because they are very social primates and therefore it is often possible to witness lots of activity in the hour you have with them.

In the afternoon you will return to the lodge for lunch. You then have the option to spend the rest of the day at leisure or you can enjoy a boat safari or kayak along the lakeshore. In the evenings enjoy your dinner overlooking the shores of Lake Tanganyika.

Overnight: Tented Lodge

DAY 7: Mahale Mountains National Park – Kigoma (B,L,D)

This morning say goodbye to the park and take your transfer by road back to Kigoma, a journey of approximately 4½ hours.

On arrival at the Kigoma Hilltop Hotel you can relax and enjoy the views. Alternatively we can arrange for you to visit to the Dr Livingstone monument, the site of Henry Stanley’s and Dr Livingstone’s famous encounter “Dr Livingstone I presume”, please note that this needs to be arranged in advance.

Overnight: Hotel

DAY 8: Kigoma – Departure (B)

The end of your incredible trip! Today you will be transferred you to Kigoma airport in time for your flight home.

 

 

  • Duration8 Days/7 Nights
  • Price£5,195 / £5,895$6,100 / $6,995
    Excludes International Flights / High Season (21st Dec – 4th Jan / 30th May – 31st Oct) and Low Season (5th Jan – 28th Feb / 1st Nov – 20th Dec) Prices Apply

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