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10 Days Chimpanzee Paradise at Gombe – Mahale & Katavi NP

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This is a chimp paradise, an unspoiled wildlife and natural sanctuary haven. You’ll visit an untouched tour of Tanzania territory, spectacular numbers of chimpanzees, animals, beautiful landscapes, and bird species. The park is exotic, peaceful, floriferous, and lush, with colorful butterflies and speckled birds in the rain. It’s best known for its chimpanzee communities, which offer different and alternate primate safari experiences in Tanzania.

Cities & Landmarks

Dar es laam City, 2 days Gombe NP, 2 days Mahale Mountains, 3 days Katavi NP & Mbeya City.

Time of Year

All Year Round

Route overview per day
Tour Features
Budget tour
This budget tour uses hotels and Bandas.
Private tour
This tour will be organized exclusively for you. However, wildlife viewing activities are run by the lodges/camps and will be shared with others.
Can start any day
If availability permits, this tour can start on any day.
Can be customized
You can request changes to this tour.
Suitable for solo travelers
Those prefer solo travelling can book this tour
Suitable for all ages
This tour has no age limits.
Activities & Transportation
Activities: game drives, chimpanzee trekking, walking safaris (with an armed guide), nature hikes/walks & boat trip
Game drives: pop-up roof 4x4 vehicle.
Getting around: pop-up roof 4x4 vehicle, boat, hiking/walking & air transfer
A transfer from and back to the airport is included.
Accommodation & Meals

Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for an extra cost

Day

Accommodation

Meals

1
Harbor View Suites
Mid-range hotel located in Dar es Salaam (City)
Dinner
Dinner
2
Gombe Rest House
Budget Banda located inside Gombe National Park
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3
Gombe Rest House
Budget banda located inside Gombe NP
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Mango Bandas
Budget banda located inside Mahale Mountains NP
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Mango Bandas
Budget Banda located inside Mahale Mountains NP
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Katavi Park Bandas
Budget banda located inside Katavi NP
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Katavi Park Bandas
Budget Banda located inside Katavi NP
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Katavi Park Bandas
Budget banda located inside Katavi NP
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Hills View Hotel
Mid-range hotel located in Mbeya (City)
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
End of Tour
No Accommodations
Breakfast & Lunch
Breakfast & Lunch
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Arrival

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You'll be collected from the airport.
Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.
Day 1
Arrive in Dar es laam City
Arrive in Dar es laam City

You will be picked up from Dar es Salaam International Airport and transferred to the city hotel.
Assume you arrived with early morning flights, and after clearing customs and passport control at Dar es Salaam International Airport, you will walk out of the airport to meet our driver who will be holding a page board with your name printed on it. You'll enjoy a Swahili Cuisine dinner, and an overnight stay at a Dar es Salaam city hotel.

Main Destination:
Dar es laam City
Accommodation:
Harbor View Suites
Mid-range hotel located in Dar es Salaam (City)
Meals & Drinks:
Dinner (Breakfast & lunch not included)
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 2
Fly Dar es laam - Kigoma Gombe National Park
Fly Dar es laam - Kigoma Gombe National Park

You will be picked up early in the morning from the hotel and transferred to Dar es Salaam Airport for departure to Kigoma.
You will be met by your driver guide on arrival. You will be transferred to Kiberizi for a boat trip (dhow). You will depart Gombe National Park "Chimps Paradise" for the rest of the day trekking and nature walking with a ranger.
Lunch, leisure, sunset, dinner, and your overnight stay will be at Tanapa Banda Cottages.

Main Destination:
Gombe National Park
Best time to visit
July to October (Best time to find chimps)
High Season
July to October (Gombe never gets crowded)
Best weather
June to October (Little to no rainfall)
Accommodation:
Gombe Rest House
Budget Banda located inside Gombe National Park
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 3
Chimpanzee Trekking in Gombe NP
Chimpanzee Trekking in Gombe NP

This will be a beautiful day in Gombe when you will be enjoying breakfast. Then, you'll depart for a full day at Gombe National Park with chimpanzee trekking, snorkeling, and hiking as well as swimming, sunset, and leisure. Lunch, leisure, sunset, dinner, and your overnight stay will be at Tanapa Bandas, Cottages.

Main Destination:
Gombe National Park
Accommodation:
Gombe Rest House
Budget banda located inside Gombe NP
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 4
Gombe to Mahale Mountains NP
Gombe to Mahale Mountains NP

After breakfast at leisure in Gombe National Park, you will be boarding your dhow boat for a return to Kigoma, where your safari car was packed with short refreshments.

You will collect a packed lunch and drive to Mahale Mountain National Park via local villages Ilagala, Sigunga, and Logosa, to Mgambo through bumps, and rough and dusty roads. You'll meet a team from the park for a boat transfer (about a 25-minute ride) to Mahale Bandas. The evening will be spent at leisure or on a walking and trekking experience.

Main Destination:
Mahale Mountains National Park
Best time to Visit
August to October (Chimp trekking is easiest)
High Season
August to October (Mahale is never crowded)
Best Weather
June to October (Almost no rainfall)
Accommodation:
Mango Bandas
Budget banda located inside Mahale Mountains NP
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 5
Mahale Mountains National Park
Mahale Mountains National Park

You will have an early morning breakfast. Then you will be departing for a full day of chimpanzee trekking and climbing in the forest with a ranger. Later, you will return to the bandas for lunch.
You will spend the afternoon game viewing by boat on the lake. You will enjoy bird watching and the sunset while at Lake Tanganyika.

Main Destination:
Mahale Mountains National Park
Accommodation:
Mango Bandas
Budget Banda located inside Mahale Mountains NP
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 6
Mahale Mountains - Katavi National Park
Mahale Mountains - Katavi National Park

After breakfast at leisure in Mahale National Park, you will transfer by boat to Mgambo village, where your safari car was packed. You will meet the driver and continue to Katavi National Park through highlands, bumps, and rough and dusty roads. You will arrival for an evening game drive and sunset at Katavi National Park.

Main Destination:
Katavi National Park
Best time to visit
July to October
High season
July to October (Katavi is rarely crowded)
Best weather
June to October (Little to no rainfall)
Accommodation:
Katavi Park Bandas
Budget banda located inside Katavi NP
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 7
Katavi National Park
Katavi National Park

After breakfast, you will depart for a full-day game drive at the home of a huge population of hippos and varied birdlife. The lonely, untrammeled, and infrequently visited, Katavi is a true wilderness, providing the few intrepid souls who make it there with a thrilling taste of Africa as if it must have been a century ago.
Leisure, sunset, dinner, and your overnight stay will be at Katavi National Park.

Main Destination:
Katavi National Park
Accommodation:
Katavi Park Bandas
Budget Banda located inside Katavi NP
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 8
Katavi National Park
Katavi National Park

This will be another stunning day in Katavi. After breakfast, you will be guided for a full-day game drive in Katavi.
Katavi is one of Tanzanian’s best dry-season parks, little -visited with big pride of lions plundering spectacular buffalo herds. The park is one of the most pristine and rugged nature reserves in Tanzania.

Main Destination:
Katavi National Park
Accommodation:
Katavi Park Bandas
Budget banda located inside Katavi NP
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 9
Katavi Natioanal Park to Mbeya City
Katavi Natioanal Park to Mbeya City

On this day, you will be enjoying a farewell breakfast at Katavi National Park. Then, you'll drive to Mbeya with short stops for lunch at local restaurants. En route, you will have exciting village tours and landscape viewing via the Tunduma border, and continue to the Mbozi Meteorite Site.

Main Destination:
Mbeya City
Accommodation:
Hills View Hotel
Mid-range hotel located in Mbeya (City)
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 10
Fly Mbeya to Dar es laam - Departure..
Fly Mbeya to Dar es laam - Departure.

No rush on this day. You will enjoy breakfast at leisure. Then, you will be transferred to Mbeya Airport for return to Dar es Salaam through the sky. You will be met and assisted with international connections for your journey back home or to a beach destination.

Main Destination:
Julious Nyerere International Airport
Accommodation:
End of Tour
No Accommodations
Meals & Drinks:
Breakfast & Lunch (dinner is not included)

End of tour

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Summary

Day

Country

Destination

Accomodation

Meals

1
Tanzania
Arrive in Dar es laam City
Harbor View Suites
Dinner
2
Fly Dar es laam - Kigoma Gombe National Park
Fly Dar es laam - Kigoma Gombe National Park
Gombe Rest House
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3
Tanzania
Chimpanzee Trekking in Gombe NP
Gombe Rest House
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Tanzania
Gombe to Mahale Mountains NP
Mango Bandas
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Tanzania
Mahale Mountains National Park
Mango Bandas
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Tanzania
Mahale Mountains - Katavi National Park
Katavi Park Bandas
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Tanzania
Katavi National Park
Katavi Park Bandas
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Tanzania
Katavi National Park
Katavi Park Bandas
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Tanzania
Katavi Natioanal Park to Mbeya City
Hills View Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Tanzania
Fly Mbeya to Dar es laam - Departure
End of Tour
Breakfast & Lunch
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This price includes:
Park fees
(For non-residents)
Chimp permits
(One per person, non-resident)
All activities
(Unless labeled as optional)
All accommodation
(Unless listed as upgrade)
A professional driver/guide
All transportation
(Unless labeled as optional)
All flights during the tour
All Taxes/VAT
Roundtrip airport transfer
Meals
(As specified in the day-by-day section)
Drinking water
(On all days)
This price excludes:
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.)
Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
Some meals
(As specified in the day-by-day section)
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Great To Know

This tour starts and ends in Dar Es Salaam

This operator can help select your international flights, but you'll have to book them yourself

Fly to/from Julius Nyerere Airport (DAR - Check price) in Dar es Salaam

transfer from and back to the airport is included

Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for an extra cost

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