Location: Arusha and Mahale Mountain National Park

Tanzania Chimpanzee Tracking in Mahale

Mahale Mountains National Park lies on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Kigoma Region, Tanzania. The park has several unusual characteristics. First, it is one of only two protected areas for chimpanzees in the country. (The other is nearby Gombe Stream National Park made famous by the researcher Jane Goodall.) The chimpanzee population in Mahale Mountains National Park is the largest known and due to its size and remoteness, the chimpanzees flourish. It is also the only place where chimpanzees and lions co-exist. Another unusual feature of the park is that it is one of the very few in Africa that must be experienced by foot. There are no roads or other infrastructure within the Park boundaries, and the only way in and out of the Park is via boat on the lake.

Note: Your arrival in Tanzania should be latest on a Sunday at Kilimanjaro International Airport „KIA“. Your Tanzania Chimpanzee tracking will start in the early Monday morning. The flights to Mahale depart only on Monday and Thursday. You will stay 4 days 3 nights or 5 days and 4 nights in Mahale. Please pay attention that the max. luggage weight on this domestic flight is 15 kg per person. Please travel with smooth luggage, no hardtop suitcase! You can deposit part of your luggage safe in Arusha to enjoy your Tanzania Chimpanzee Tracking.

Day 1:
Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport:
We welcome you at Kilimanjaro International Airport „KIA“ and transfer you to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (H/B)
Accommodation: Planet Lodge

Day 2:
Arusha – Mahale Mountain National Park
In the early morning you will fly with charter from Arusha Airport to Mahale Mountain Park. Your arrival time will be 12.15h pm. Upon your arrival you will be picked from the airstrip and transferred by boat to your camp.
Accommodation: Kungwe Luxury Camp

Day 3 & 4:
Mahale Mountain Park chimpanzee tracking
After breakfast you start tracking to find the chimpanzee. 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. You can stay for 1h with the chimpanzee before you have to leave them. The area is also known as Nkungwe, after the park’s largest mountain, held sacred by the local Tongwe people, and at 2.460 meters (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 colorful forest birds. You return back to the camp
Accommodation: Kungwe Beach Lodge

Day 5:
Mahale Mountain National Park – Arusha
In the morning you will be transferred to the airstrip and you will fly back to Arusha. The arrival time is around 17:00pm. (H/B)
Accommodation: Planet Lodge

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– 2 x accommodation in Arusha (HB on your arrival and your last day)
– Full board and accommodation in Mahale
– Domestic flight Arusha <-> Mahale
– All Transfers to and back from the Lodge
– Park & Concession fees
– One tracking tour per day to the chimpanzee
– 1 x Boat Safari per stay Snorkelling and Kayaking
– Soft Drinks and bottle waters
– Forest or Bird Walks
– Tour Guide Fees
– Daily laundry service
– Camp and Concession Fees
– Return Airstrip Transfers
– Extra meal – Packed lunch on day of departure
Not included:
– International flights
– All kind of tips, and gratuities
– Additional like optional activities
– Personal expenses like, laundry, communication expenses, visa etc
– Alcoholic, non-alcoholic drinks and beverages at the lodges and camps
– Health and travel insurance – which we highly recommend!