Chimpanzee trekking in Tanzania

Fly into the remote Mahale Mountains located on the crystal clear waters of Lake Tanganyika. Spend 5 days at the luxury lodge, trekking the chimps, snorkeling, swimming or just relaxing on the beach.

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Trek to see the chimps, walk in the forest in serch of birdlife, snorkel in the lake, Kayak...the activity list is endless..a truely action packed safari!

Itinerary

Day 1 - Mahale MountainsMeals: B L D
On arrival in Tanzania you will make your own way to the safari capital of East Africa, Arusha (we can arrange transport from the Kilimanjaro International Airport for an additional cost). Once in Arusha you will be met by an Albatros Travel representative and given a short safari briefing before you are transferred to the domestic airstrip in time for your scheduled flight to the Mahale Mountains.On arrival you will be transferred to the Kungwe Beach Lodge, a stunning lodge set on a private beach on the shore of the crystal clear Lake Tanganika. With the mountains behind you and the water in front of you the Kungwe Beach Lodge has one of the best locations around. After settling in and enjoying a late lunch you can spend the afternoon getting to know your surroundings. Sitting of the beach and splashing around in its waters before dinner later on.

Accommodation: Kungwe Beach Lodge
Day 2 - Mahale MountainsMeals: B L D
This morning its time to boot up and head off to the mountains in search of our closest ancestors the Chimps. After a busy morning lunch is welcome sight back at the lodge and is often served overlooking the water. This afternoon why not ask for the Kayaks and try your hand exploring the lake shore? Later Dinner will be served on the beach.

Accommodation: Kungwe Beach Lodge
Day 3 - Mahale MountainsMeals: B L D
You have included in this safari one chimp trek per day. So you can use this whenever you like. In the morning or the afternoon just let the lodge know. There plenty to fill your morning after breakfast. A forest walk is a great idea for those who don’t want to lie on the beach with a good book! This afternoon the chimps await…

Accommodation: Kungwe Beach Lodge
Day 4 - Mahale MountainsMeals: B L D
It’s your final day, after one last visit to see the chimps try snorkeling in the Lake. The fish are amazing and it’s a great way to pass the hours before lunch. After lunch included in your stay is a boat ride, make sure you enjoy this in the later afternoon, keep your eyes out for some of the amazing bird life. This evening its time for your final dinner on the beach.

Accommodation: Kungwe Beach Lodge
Day 5 - DepartMeals: B
Today its time to say good bye to this little slice of paradise as you pack up and fly back to Arusha where your Safari comes to an end. If you fancy some more beach action try one of our Zanzibar extensions.

Accommodation: Kungwe Beach Lodge
Included
  • Full board accommodation on safari
  • Transfers from and to Arusha Airport
  • Transfers to and from Mahale Airstip
  • Park Entrance fees throughout
  • 1 Chimpanzee Trek a day
  • 1 boat safari per stay
  • Snorkelling and Kayaking
  • Forest or Bird Walks
  • Soft drinks
  • Laundry service
  • Schedule flight Arusha – Mahale – Arusha
  • A safari briefing at the beginning of the tour
  • Government taxes and levies
Excluded
  • International airfares
  • International and domestic departure tax
  • Entry Visas to the country
  • Travel and health insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Fishing excursions
  • Gratuities to your guide, hotel staff and porters
  • Any personal items and anything not mentioned under "Included in the price"
  • Any excursions not mentioned
  • Membership to the AMREF Flying Doctors – USD35 per person

Tour starts/ends:

Starts: Unless otherwise stated, most tours start in Arusha. Zanzibar tours start at Zanzibar Airport.
Ends:  See itinerary for details
Note: we can also pick you up or drop you off at the hotel of your choice in the greater Arusha area if you notify us in advance.

Expected group size:

On regular group tours the expected total group size is between 2 and 10 travellers.

Type of vehicles used:

In Tanzania all your transfers and game drives will be in 4x4’s.

Level of ability required:

Although there will be no special strength and fitness requirements, please note that safari lodges situated in remote areas are by their very nature lacking in many of the modern conveniences found in cities. For this reason please be prepared for uneven floors and sometimes challenging access.
You must be able-bodied and have the ability to move independently without help on most of our tours. If you have any specific mobility requirements please contact us beforehand.

Food and dietary information:

The food prepared at the lodges and/or hotels on this tour will be of an international nature and suited to a broad range of visitors. If you have any specific dietary requirements please let us know in advance so that we can inform the lodges and hotels along the route. Alcoholic drinks, unless specifically mentioned in the itinerary, are not included in the price.

Health and vaccinations:

You should speak to your health provider about what vaccinations you will need for your trip to Tanzania. In addition, most doctors recommend taking anti-malarial pills for your visit and following measures to avoid being bitten by mosquitos, such as covering up exposed arms and legs. Lodges will provide mosquito nets over the beds.
If you take any medication, be sure to bring it with you, as well as details of your prescription.
We advise all travellers to take out comprehensive travel insurance before their trip.

What to wear:

Although Tanzania lies in the tropics it can get chilly in the evenings and early mornings. On this trip we recommend that you include the following in your baggage:
- A pair of sturdy lightweight shoes or boots
- Light coloured clothing with long sleeves and legs for the evenings and early mornings
- A hat to keep the strong sun off your head

Baggage and what to bring:

Important note: If your itinerary includes a leg of the journey on a light aircraft then please be advised that the maximum TOTAL weight allowance including hand luggage is 15kg (approx.. 33lbs) and all luggage must be in a soft bag i.e. NOT a suitcase. These rules are imposed by the airlines and we are unable to make allowances.
We recommend that you do not forget to pack the following:
- Insect repellant cream/spray
- Camera and binoculars
- A torch (flashlight)
- A waterproof/dustproof bag

Visa requirements:

Depending on your nationality you will probably need a tourist visa to enter Tanzania for this tour. The current cost of a single-entry tourist visa is USD 50 per person if traveling on a British Passport and $100 per person for an American passport holder (subject to change) Other nationalities vary in fee’s from free to $50, and these can be purchased on arrival, for most nationals, in all major currencies.
For more comprehensive information visit the Project Visa website.

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