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Highlights of this primate safari include visiting the lush forests of Gombe Stream National Park and Mahale Mountains National Park where you will be hiking and tracking the local population of chimpanzees. Although seeing chimpanzees is the obvious  highlight of this tour, Lake Tanganyika is a very special place to visit and you’ll be able to snorkel in the lake and join the locals for your own fishing experience.

Oh, and did we mention the chimpanzees?! Prepare to feel humbled and very privileged to see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.

Day 1: Fly To Kigoma To Gombe Stream National Park

Flight from Dar Es Salaam to Kigoma, on arrival to Kibirizi port for your boat to Gombe (2 hours private boat). Pick up on arrival and transfer to the camp, afternoon relax on the beach.

Gombe Stream’s main attraction is obviously the chimpanzee families that live protected in the park’s boundaries. Visitors take walks deep into the forest to observe and sit with the extraordinary primates for an entire morning. Apart from chimpanzee viewing, many other species of primates live in Gombe Stream’s tropical forests. Val vet and colobus monkeys, baboons, forest pigs and dik dik inhabit the dense forest and a wide variety of tropical birdlife.


Accommodation: Kasekela Tented Camp.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 2 : Gombe Stream National Park - Chimpanzee Tracking

On 08h30, Start Chimpanzee tracking in the forest, Gombe became well known for the conservation project started from Jane Goodall, who first arrived in Gombe in 1960.

Apart from chimpanzee viewing, many other species of primates live in Gombe Stream’s tropical forests, like velvet, Colobus monkeys and baboons, Climb to Jane’s peak and visit Kakombe waterfalls if time allows.


Accommodation: Kasekela Tented Camp.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 3: Gombe - Kigoma Then Mahale Mountain National Park

After breakfast transfer by boat to Kibirizi port (2 hours) then transfer by vehicle Lukoma village (6 hours) then take a 45 minutes boat to Mahale National Park – afternoon relax and overnight.

The park like its northerly neighbour Gombe is home to some of Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzees, a population of roughly 900, they are habituated to human visitors by a Japanese research project founded in the 1960s.
Tracking the chimps of Mahale is a magical experience.

Mahale is located in the Western Tanzania to the South of Kigoma town, it is bordering Lake Tanganyika-the World’s longest, second deepest and least polluted freshwater lake-harbouring an estimated 1000 fish species.

Accommodation: Mahale Bandas.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 4 & 5: Mahale Mountain National Park

You will spend two full days chimpanzee tracking in Mahale. Chimpanzees normally move in search of food and nest wherever there’s an abundant food source such as their favorite fruit. Snorkelling is an option if you’d like to cool off in the water and see what lies below the surface.
Accommodation: Mahale Bandas.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 6: Mahale To Kigoma Hilltop Lodge

Morning after breakfast, pick up and transfer by boat back to Lukoma village then take a car Kigoma town check in at Kigoma Hilltop Lodge – late afternoon to transfer to Ujiji Town, visit Dr. Livingstone memorial centre

Day 7: Kigoma - Dar Es Salaam

Morning after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Dar-es-salaam.

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  • Meet and Greet service at Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Accommodation inclusions as per itinerary above
  • Scheduled internal flights: Arusha Airport/Mahale (Ikuu) airstrip /Arusha Airport/ Southern Katavi airstrip/ Arusha Airport
  • All scheduled road transfers: Kilimanjaro International Airport /Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge/Arusha Airport/ Chada Katavi/ Mahale airstrip/Greystoke Mahale/Mahale airstrip Arusha Airport/ Kilimanjaro International Airport Domestic departure tax (Arusha Airport)
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  • Park Fees

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