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7 Days Gombe & Mahale Chimpanzee Trekking

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The 7-day experience of hidden treasures takes you to the chimpanzees’ homes which are located in the Western parts of Tanzania on the dramatic shores of Lake Tanganyika. You will be able to visit both Mahale and Gombe National Parks in order to have a different chimps experience. You will start off at Gombe before ending up at Mahale.

Cities & Landmarks

Three days Gombe NP, Three days Mahale Mountain

Time of Year

All Year Round

Route overview per day
Tour Features
Mid-range tour
This mid-range tour uses tented camps and hotels.
Private tour
This tour will be organized exclusively for you and won't be shared with others.
Can start any day
If availability permits, this tour can start on any day.
Can be customized
You can request minor changes to the accommodations and destinations of this tour.
Suitable for solo travelers
Those prefer solo traveling can book this tour.
Suitable for all ages
No age limits to this tour.
Activities & Transportation
Activities: chimpanzee trekking
Getting around: pop-up roof 4x4 vehicle, minivan, 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
Kasekela Luxury Campsite
Mid-range tented camp located inside Gombe NP
Lunch & Dinner
Lunch & Dinner
2
Kasekela Luxury Campsite
Mid-range tented camp located inside Gombe NP
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3
Mwitongo Garden Hotel
Mid-range hotel located in Kigoma (Town)
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Mango Bandas
Budget Banda located inside Mahale Mountains National Park
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Mango Bandas
Budget banda located inside Mahale Mountains National Park
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Mwitongo Garden Hotel
Mid-range hotel located in Kigoma (Town)
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
End of Tour
No accommodation
Breakfast & Lunch
Breakfast & Lunch
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Arrival

(See Getting There for more details)
You'll be collected from the airport.
Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.
Day 1
Fly Arusha - Gombe National Park
Fly Arusha - Gombe National Park

You will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to the airport for your scheduled flight to Kigoma. On arrival, you will meet your guide who will drive you for 20 minutes to the Kibirizi port for your boat ride to Gombe National Park.

After the 2-hour boat transfer, you will arrive at the park entrance gate where you will be served a hot lunch. You then start your trek to the rolling hills and lush landscapes in search of the chimpanzees with the aid of the chimp trackers.

Later, you will return to your tented camp for dinner and overnight.

Main Destination:
Gombe National Park (Tanzania)
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:
Kasekela Luxury Campsite
Mid-range tented camp located inside Gombe NP
Meals & Drinks:
Lunch & dinner (Breakfast not included)
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 2
Chimpanzee trekking-Gombe National Park
Chimpanzee trekking-Gombe National Park

After an early breakfast, we will make our way to the forest for trekking once again. Walking through forests, up hills, and into valleys, can be tiring and challenging, so come prepared for the trek.

Once we locate a group of chimps, we stop and spend some time with these gentle primates. Watch their world as they groom, feed, and interact with each other in their natural habitat. Coming face-to-face with a group of chimpanzees is one of the most special and rare wildlife encounters on earth!

You will visit different parts of this forest including the waterfalls, Jane's Peak, and other interesting parts where the chimps are found.

Later, you will descend back to the camp for lunch before spending time at the beautiful beach of Lake Tanganyika.

Main Destination:
Gombe National Park (Tanzania)
Accommodation:
Kasekela Luxury Campsite
Mid-range tented camp located inside Gombe NP
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 3
Chimpanzee Trekking - Gombe National Park
Chimpanzee Trekking - Gombe National Park

After breakfast, we start chimpanzee trekking in different valleys, walking in the forest, and visiting Kakombe Waterfall. At 12h00, you will return for lunch and then pack and transfer to Kigoma town. Arrive in the evening in time for dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Main Destination:
Gombe National Park
Accommodation:
Mwitongo Garden Hotel
Mid-range hotel located in Kigoma (Town)
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 4
Kigoma Mahale Mountains
Kigoma Mahale Mountains

You will be picked up from Kigoma and transferred to Mahale Park located 128km south of Kigoma town (east of Lake Tanganyika). It is dominated by the Mahale Mountains. You will arrive in the afternoon and be served a hot lunch while relaxing until dinner. Overnight will be at Mango Tree Bandas

Main Destination:
Kigoma Mahale Mountains (Tanzania)
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 National Park
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 5
Chimpanzee Trekking - Mahale Mountains
Chimpanzee Trekking - Mahale Mountains

After breakfast, you will go chimpanzee trekking in the forest. The hike taking you to the chimps' habitation areas is accessible and not strenuous, although having good fitness levels will ease the strain of walking through the jungle! Observing the endangered primates up close is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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

After breakfast, you will go chimpanzee trekking in the forest. The hike taking you to the chimps' habitation areas is accessible and not strenuous, although having good fitness levels will ease the strain of walking through the jungle! Observing the endangered primates up close is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Later, you will drive back to Kigoma Town for dinner and overnight.

Main Destination:
Mahale Mountains (Tanzania)
Accommodation:
Mwitongo Garden Hotel
Mid-range hotel located in Kigoma (Town)
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 7
Fly Kigoma to Dar es laam - Departure.
Fly Kigoma to Dar es laam - Departure.

After an early breakfast, you will be picked up and transferred to the airport for your flight back to Dar Es Salaam or Arusha. This is where your safari will end.

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

End of tour

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Summary

Day

Country

Destination

Accomodation

Meals

1
Tanzania
Fly Arusha - Gombe National Park
Kasekela Luxury Campsite
Lunch & Dinner
2
Tanzania
Chimpanzee trekking-Gombe National Park
Kasekela Luxury Campsite
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3
Tanzania
Chimpanzee Trekking Gombe - National Park
Mwitongo Garden Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Tanzania
Kigoma Mahale Mountains
Mango Bandas
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Tanzania
Chimpanzee
Mango Bandas
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Tanzania
Chimpanzee Trekking - Mahale Mountains
Mwitongo Garden Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Tanzania
Fly 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)
Drinks
(As specified in the day-by-day section)
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
How to book this safari?
Great To Know

This tour starts in Arusha and ends in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

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

Fly to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO - Check price) near Arusha. Or fly to Arusha Airport (ARK - Check price) via Dar es Salaam or Nairobi (Kenya)

Fly back 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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