Chimpanzee Tracking Safari - 5 Days

Chimpanzee Tracking Safari

Day 1 & 2, Zanzibar Stone Town

Day 3 & 4, Selous National Game Reserve

Day 5 to 8, Zanzibar Beach

Day 9, Departure

DETAILED ITINERARY

Overview
Tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat is a truly inspirational, once in a lifetime experience. Stay at a beautiful secluded beach camp on the shores of Lake Tanganyika and venture up into the mountain forests of Mahale, home to one of Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzee populations, for an unforgettable adventure. This is primate paradise.

Day 1
Arrival Arusha

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be welcomed by a member of Our team, who will transfer you to the Arusha Coffee Lodge for the night, experiencing luxurious accommodation cradled in endless acres of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantation

Day 2
Mahale Mountains National Park

Today after breakfast you will be transferred to Arusha airport for your morning five hour flight to Mahale. Your adventure begins with a boat transfer to Greystoke Mahale – your base for the next three nights, situated on a white sandy beach at the foot of the Mahale Mountains overlooking glistening Lake Tanganyika. In the Mahale Mountains National Park there are still no roads, so this camp is truly secluded. Your accommodation here is in one of just six wood and thatch open-fronted ‘bandas’, located at the edge of the forest with views toward the lake and mountains, each with its own private bathroom with hot water, shower and flush toilet, accessed by a short boardwalk. The bandas also have a dressing room and upstairs relaxation deck – and provide complete comfort whilst remaining in perfect harmony with the natural environment.

Chimpanzee trekking is generally conducted in the mornings, with resident guides and trackers leading small groups to seek out the various chimp families amongst the stunning forest scenery. Guides have tracked chimpanzees in this remarkable environment for over 20 years, getting to know their unique characters, family history, relationships and friendships. The anticipation and the journey to find the chimpanzees is all part of the adventure – and though the primates traverse this terrain easily, you should prepare for potential rock scrambling and arduous walking! You may find yourself quietly tracking these incredible primates ahead of you only to realise suddenly that they are all round you, nonchalantly going about their daily routine. Be lucky enough to observe young chimps playing and grooming; the adult chimps feeding or swinging effortlessly between the vines. Once you have found them, one hour is spent in the chimps’ company before making the journey back to camp, filled with awe and exhilaration. In addition to chimpanzees you may also spot leopard, bush pig and bushbuck.

After returning to camp for lunch, afternoons can be filled with further chimpanzee tracking, fishing, snorkelling or swimming in the crystal waters of the lake. Hike forest paths in search of birds and butterflies, swim in mountain waterfalls, go kayaking on the lake – or simply relax on the beach. After inspiring and rewarding days, enjoy sundowners on the old wooden dhow or on the rocks at the end of the beach; and swap stories over dinner in the main mess banda on the beach.

Day 3
Mahale Mountains National Park

Today after breakfast you will be transferred to Arusha airport for your morning five hour flight to Mahale. Your adventure begins with a boat transfer to Greystoke Mahale – your base for the next three nights, situated on a white sandy beach at the foot of the Mahale Mountains overlooking glistening Lake Tanganyika. In the Mahale Mountains National Park there are still no roads, so this camp is truly secluded. Your accommodation here is in one of just six wood and thatch open-fronted ‘bandas’, located at the edge of the forest with views toward the lake and mountains, each with its own private bathroom with hot water, shower and flush toilet, accessed by a short boardwalk. The bandas also have a dressing room and upstairs relaxation deck – and provide complete comfort whilst remaining in perfect harmony with the natural environment.

Chimpanzee trekking is generally conducted in the mornings, with resident guides and trackers leading small groups to seek out the various chimp families amongst the stunning forest scenery. Guides have tracked chimpanzees in this remarkable environment for over 20 years, getting to know their unique characters, family history, relationships and friendships. The anticipation and the journey to find the chimpanzees is all part of the adventure – and though the primates traverse this terrain easily, you should prepare for potential rock scrambling and arduous walking! You may find yourself quietly tracking these incredible primates ahead of you only to realise suddenly that they are all round you, nonchalantly going about their daily routine. Be lucky enough to observe young chimps playing and grooming; the adult chimps feeding or swinging effortlessly between the vines. Once you have found them, one hour is spent in the chimps’ company before making the journey back to camp, filled with awe and exhilaration. In addition to chimpanzees you may also spot leopard, bush pig and bushbuck.

After returning to camp for lunch, afternoons can be filled with further chimpanzee tracking, fishing, snorkelling or swimming in the crystal waters of the lake. Hike forest paths in search of birds and butterflies, swim in mountain waterfalls, go kayaking on the lake – or simply relax on the beach. After inspiring and rewarding days, enjoy sundowners on the old wooden dhow or on the rocks at the end of the beach; and swap stories over dinner in the main mess banda on the beach.

Day 4
Mahale Mountains National Park

Today after breakfast you will be transferred to Arusha airport for your morning five hour flight to Mahale. Your adventure begins with a boat transfer to Greystoke Mahale – your base for the next three nights, situated on a white sandy beach at the foot of the Mahale Mountains overlooking glistening Lake Tanganyika. In the Mahale Mountains National Park there are still no roads, so this camp is truly secluded. Your accommodation here is in one of just six wood and thatch open-fronted ‘bandas’, located at the edge of the forest with views toward the lake and mountains, each with its own private bathroom with hot water, shower and flush toilet, accessed by a short boardwalk. The bandas also have a dressing room and upstairs relaxation deck – and provide complete comfort whilst remaining in perfect harmony with the natural environment.

Chimpanzee trekking is generally conducted in the mornings, with resident guides and trackers leading small groups to seek out the various chimp families amongst the stunning forest scenery. Guides have tracked chimpanzees in this remarkable environment for over 20 years, getting to know their unique characters, family history, relationships and friendships. The anticipation and the journey to find the chimpanzees is all part of the adventure – and though the primates traverse this terrain easily, you should prepare for potential rock scrambling and arduous walking! You may find yourself quietly tracking these incredible primates ahead of you only to realise suddenly that they are all round you, nonchalantly going about their daily routine. Be lucky enough to observe young chimps playing and grooming; the adult chimps feeding or swinging effortlessly between the vines. Once you have found them, one hour is spent in the chimps’ company before making the journey back to camp, filled with awe and exhilaration. In addition to chimpanzees you may also spot leopard, bush pig and bushbuck.

After returning to camp for lunch, afternoons can be filled with further chimpanzee tracking, fishing, snorkelling or swimming in the crystal waters of the lake. Hike forest paths in search of birds and butterflies, swim in mountain waterfalls, go kayaking on the lake – or simply relax on the beach. After inspiring and rewarding days, enjoy sundowners on the old wooden dhow or on the rocks at the end of the beach; and swap stories over dinner in the main mess banda on the beach.

Day 5
Departure

Morning boat transfer to Mahale airstrip for your five hour flight back to Arusha. On arrival, return to the Arusha Coffee Lodge for a further night. Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your onward flight.

PRICE INCLUDES

  • 4WD vehicles with pop up roof for excellent views
  • All park entry fees
  • Pickup to and from airport
  • All safari inclusive packages
  • Accommodation facilities
  • 3 proper meals+ mineral water and tea/coffee
  • Experienced and professional English speaking guide

Price excludes:

  • International flights
  • Tanzanian Visa
  • All things of personal nature
  • Tips for guides and cooks
  • Alcohol
  • Items not specified in terms and conditions
  • Extended tours not specified in the main package

Kindly take note of the following:

Rates are quoted based on two guests sharing and single supplement rates apply on single room occupancy

The rates quoted are subject to change without prior warning if there are any increases in bed levies, park fees, fuel, sales tax or VAT, third-party services or any other circumstances beyond our control in the countries featured in this itinerary

On occasion the itinerary may be in a different order or using alternative lodges according to road conditions and availability.

Other Safari Important Notes

  1. ELECTRICITY
    All lodges and camps will have electricity although many work off generators with limited times.

The power supply in Tanzania is nominally 240VAC, 50hz. Variable voltage, spikes and sporadic, unexpected, unscheduled power cuts of varying duration can be expected.

  1. INTERNAL FLIGHTS/BAGGAGE
    Please note each passenger is only allowed a total of 15kgs of checked and carry-on luggage combined, and must be in small soft-sided bags. This is strictly enforced by airlines and outside of our control. extra luggage can be left in storage in Arusha (by arrangement prior to travel
  2. YELLOW FEVER
    It may be required to show a Yellow Fever certificate upon entering the country visited. Please check in with your local health expert for advice on Yellow Fever and other inoculations required for this area.
  3. ACCOMMODATION
    Please note all accommodation listed below is not guaranteed, but is indicative of the types of accommodation used.
  4. COMBO TRIP
    Please note that this tour combines with other Mkama Tours to Tanzania. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with Mkama Tours to Tanzania, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another Mkama Tours to Tanzania, after your trip concludes.

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Price From USD 1,860 USD $ 2,465/person
Group Discount Available
Group Discount Guide
Cost Per Adult Traveler:
$ 2465 USD
2465
Total $ 2,465 USD

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