4 days tour overview
MAHALE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK is the best place in the world to see chimpanzees in the wild is the remote Mahale Mountains of Tanzania, forest-clad peaks rising to 2,438m from the deep turquoise waters of Lake Tanganyika, just south of Jane Goodall's Gombe Preserve. This 1,613 km² park is one the most remote and most beautiful of all Tanzania’s national parks and it is also one of the hardest to get to.
The sun rises over the lake and sets behind the steep rise of mountains, extending up to 2,438 m at Nkungwe Peak, and, as there are no roads in the park, all the trails that lead through its glades and distances are only open to those who will walk them. Numerous pathways and tracks allow visitors to enjoy truly beautiful forest walks and the chance of encountering some of the many different inhabitants of the lowland forests and higher brachystesia woodlands and savannahs.
The highlight of your experience here will no doubt be with the chimpanzees. Every day you have the opportunity to track them in the stunning tropical rainforest with skilled guides and trackers. Once found, you have the honor of observing their daily life - grooming, wrestling, bickering, foraging... mothers playing with babies... babies playing with other babies... it is endlessly entertaining. After days of "chimping", you have the opportunity to fish, snorkel, swim and canoe.
Besides the chimps, leopard, lion, kudu, eland, buffalo, roan and sable antelope, olive baboons, red colobus and white spot nose mangabeys and a host of other game wander through this reserve.
Dominated by the brooding presence of Nkungwe Mountain with vegetation ranging through almost the entire gamut of African botany, this is one of Africa’s most intriguing parks.
Day 1- Arusha to Mahale National Park
Breakfast and the drive to Arusha airport to take a charter flight from Arusha to Mahale. Mahale National Park is located about 128 km south of Kigoma town and East of Lake Tanganyika shore. It’s dominated by Mahale mountains the highest peak being Mount Nkungwe that rises to 2 462 m above sea level. Mahale National Park is home to over 82 species of mammals and about 355 species of birds, 26 species of reptiles. Have lunch on arrival. In the afternoon you will relax at the white sand beaches. Dinner and overnight at the lodge
Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking and game viewin
Breakfast and then go for Chimpanzee trekking and in the afternoon you will go for game viewing where you will spot various animals and primates like the giant forest squirrel, red-legged sun squirrel ,brush-tailed porcupine , Angolan black-and-white colobus monkeys , bushy-tailed mongoose , banded mongoose , blue duiker , Sharpe’s grysbok ,lions, Grant’s zebras, warthogs, giraffes, antelopes, sable antelopes, and Lichtenstein hartebeest, marsh mongoose, Atilax paludinosus ,Smith’s red rock hare and Pronolagus rupestris and birds like pennant-winged nightjars, open-billed, spoonbills, crested cranes and pink-backed pelicans, African golden orioles, paradise fly-catchers and saddlebilled storks. Dinner and overnight at the lodge
Day 3: Fishing and relaxing
After breakfast you will go for spot fishing, and in the afternoon relax at the beach. Dinner and overnight at the lodge
Day 4: Mahale Mountain National Park -Arusha
Breakfast and then take a cultural tour or go kayaking or a walking safari. Have lunch and then fly with a charter flight back to Arusha.
The safari and tour prices include
- Park fees
- Chimp permits
- All activities
- All accommodation
- A professional driver/guide
- All transportation
- All Taxes/VAT
- Roundtrip airport transfer
- Drinking water
The safari and tour prices exclude
- International flights(From/to home)
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
- Tips(Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
- Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
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