8 Days Chimp Paradise - Gombe & Mahale Western Tanzania Fly-in Safari
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Take a transformative Tanzanian journey that seamlessly weaves together the enchanting realms of nature, wildlife, and cultural immersion. Over the course of this 8-night expedition, you'll be captivated by the untamed beauty and remarkable primate encounters that define this extraordinary tour.
Your adventure begins with 3 nights at Mbali Mbali Mahale, a sanctuary nestled along the shores of Lake Tanganyika. Immerse yourself in the rhythms of the Mahale Mountains National Park, where intimate encounters with chimpanzees and the untouched wilderness are the norm. Next, spend 3 nights at Mbali Mbali Gombe Lodge, venturing into the lush Gombe Stream National Park, home to renowned chimpanzee families. Guided forest treks unveil the intricate lives of these primates, and you'll find yourself drawn into their world in ways you never imagined.
After these incredible primate encounters, your journey concludes with a night at the Kigoma Hilltop Hotel, perched on the hills overlooking Lake Tanganyika. Here, you'll relish a panoramic view that encapsulates the serenity of the lake, the warmth of Tanzanian culture, and boundless skies. This is more than a travel experience; it's a symphony of sights, sounds, and sensations that will etch itself into your memory forever - an ode to Tanzania's remarkable diversity and beauty.
- Chimpanzee encounters in Mahale & Gombe’s untamed habitats
- Guided forest treks
- Rustic-lux lodges that blend comfort with nature’s beauty
- See Lake Tanganyika – the world’s second-deepest lake
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Itinerary (Day by Day)
Days 1 - 3: Primate Haven Retreat | 3 Nights LAKE TANGANYIKA, TANZANIA
On arrival at Arusha, you will be charter flown to Kigoma Airport. You will be met and take a road transfer to Mgambo Village (about 5 hours away). You’ll then hop on a dhow boat transfer (about two hours) to get to your first destination, Mbali Mbali Mahale.
In the enchanting wilderness of Tanzania, a stay at Mbali Mbali Mahale is a journey into the heart of nature's untouched beauty. Here, every moment is imbued with a sense of awe and wonder, as you find yourself in the midst of an unspoiled paradise. As the sun's warm embrace heralds the start of your day, the gentle lapping of the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tanganyika against the shoreline serenades you into a state of tranquillity. The lodge's exquisite blend of luxury and eco-consciousness creates a harmonious haven, where every detail is designed to both pamper and preserve the surrounding natural splendor.
The encounters with our closest primate relatives truly set Mbali Mbali Mahale apart. Imagine walking through the dense emerald tapestry of the Mahale Mountains National Park, a sanctuary for the elusive chimpanzees. As the forest stirs with life, a soft rustling above alerts you to their presence. Peering upwards, you lock eyes with these remarkable creatures – their curious gazes and playful antics reveal a glimpse of the shared lineage between humans and primates. The ethereal connection felt in these moments is nothing short of profound. And as the sun bids its fiery farewell on the horizon, painting the sky in hues of gold and amber, you retire to the sumptuous comforts of the lodge, lulled to sleep by the symphony of the wild just beyond your doorstep.
Mbali Mbali Mahale Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Days 4 - 6: Chimp Paradise | 3 Nights LAKE TANGANYIKA, TANZANIA
You will be transferred back to Kigoma Airport. On arrival, you will be met and taken to Kigoma Hilltop Hotel by vehicle (about twenty minutes) where you will then proceed on a dhow boat transfer from the hotel’s private beach to Mbali Mbali Gombe Lodge (about two hours).
Burrowed like a hidden gem along the shores of Lake Tanganyika, a stay at Mbali Mbali Gombe is an invitation to delve into the raw beauty of Tanzania's wilderness. This haven of tranquility merges seamlessly with the lush landscapes of Gombe Stream National Park - offering a unique blend of luxury and untamed exploration. The rhythmic clapping of the waves, the gentle sway of palm trees, and the distant calls of exotic birds compose a symphony that soothes the soul.
The true magic lies in the encounters with the islands' primate families. Wander along the winding trails that take you through the dense forest - a realm inhabited by the renowned chimpanzee families of Gombe. Witness their intricate social dynamics and playful interactions, a captivating glimpse into their world. Each moment spent observing these sentient creatures as they forage and frolic leaves an imprint on your heart, reminding you of the shared threads that bind us all.
Mbali Mbali Gombe Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7: The Perfect Ending | 1 Night
You will be transferred by dhow cruise back to Kigoma Hilltop Hotel for your final evening. Perched atop the rolling hills of Kigoma, the Kigoma Hilltop Hotel beckons travelers to experience a harmonious blend of panoramic vistas and warm African hospitality. From the moment you arrive, the breathtaking views of Lake Tanganyika stretch out before you, a shimmering expanse of azure meeting the distant horizon. The gentle breeze carries with it the whispers of the lake, creating a sense of serenity that envelops you as you step onto the hotel grounds. With a fusion of modern comfort and traditional charm, the hotel's ambiance is an ode to the vibrant local culture, infusing each moment with an authentic Tanzanian touch – the perfect ending to a wild adventure.
Kigoma Hilltop Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 8: Farewell Africa!
You will be transferred from the hotel to Kigoma Airport, where you will board a charter flight back to Arusha Airport, for your onward travel arrangements. Africa bids you farewell for now, but we hope to welcome you back again soon.
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Breakfast & Lunch
Lodges,Hotels and Camps reccommended
- Park fees (for non residents)
- All activities mentioned (unless clearly labeled as optional)
- Meals (as specified in the day by day description)
- All accommodation mentioned (unless clearly labeled as optional upgrade)
- Roundtrip airport transfer
- A professional driver/guide
- All transportation mentioned (unless clearly labeled as optional)
- All taxes/vat
- 1 x Chimpanzee Trek per day in Mahale and Gombe1 x Boat Safari in MahaleOption 1: See the hippos ,take a short river cruise,,and try your hand at local methods of freshwater fishing option 2: Visit a neighboring fishing village,,Katumbi,,for a cultural tourPay for an additional boat safari and do bothBirding and forest walks in Mahale and Gombe,
- Daily TANAPA Conservation ,Concession and Guide fees for park entrance All Government taxes and levies; VAT and TDL,
- Shared Charter Flights (Arusha - Mahale - Kigoma - Arusha). Luggage allowance of 15kgs per person. Minimum 4 seats all year round.
- Laundry services (except Kigoma Hilltop Hotel)
- International flights (from/to the client's home country)
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
- Personal items (souvenirs travel insurance visa fees and other personal items)
- Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
- Tips and gratuities
·40% Deposit payable upfront. The remaining balance is payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to departure, but the 40% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 20 days of departure.
A deposit of 40% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior to departure. For any bookings within 30 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.
We advise you to take out Travel Insurance to cover for any unforeseen circumstances. Moonlight Tours Expedition recommends World Nomads' travel insurance.
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- If an accommodation is fully booked we will suggest a comparable alternative.
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- Rates include a fixed budget for flights during this tour.
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