Chimps of Mahale Mountains, Tanzania

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Chimps of Mahale Mountains, Tanzania

Highlights Include:

  • Trekking on foot to see wild chimpanzees in their native habitat
  • Stay in rustic luxury in a wood-and-thatch banda
  • Remote location on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in the foothills of the Mahale Mountains
  • Activities such as swimming, fishing, kayaking, hiking, and relaxing
Tour Details

From: $4,250 per person | Single supplement on request

4 days

2021-2022 Departures: Select Dates

This four-day itinerary allows you to spend your time in a secluded and private area of the Mahale Mountains, where there are no roads, only forest paths. Leaving civilization behind, you stay in a banda on the beach at the foot of the majestic mountains, spending your days tracking chimps, fishing from a dhow boat, and relaxing in one of the waterfall pools in the nearby forest. It’s no exaggeration to say there’s nowhere in the world like Greystoke Mahale!

This is a sample itinerary. Our Destination Specialists will work with you to create an itinerary to meet your preferences.

Day 1Settle Into Camp at Greystoke Mahale | Meals: D

Depart from Arusha on a flight charter service at 8:00 a.m., which arrives at the airstrip in Mahale shortly after noon. Board a traditional sailing vessel called a dhow and enjoy a light snack as you head down the lake to Greystoke Mahale camp. Settle into camp, relax or loosen up with a short walk in the forest followed by tasty sundowners looking across Lake Tanganyika. Overnight at Greystoke Mahale

Greystoke Mahale

Days 2-3Chimp Trekking in Mahale Mountains | Meals: B L D

As news comes in from the trackers, head off into the forest after a leisurely breakfast in search of your first group of chimps. As well as time spent watching the chimps as they play, groom and possibly even hunt, you should see other forest game, amazing birds, butterflies, and plants. Treks can be lengthy but you’ll usually return to camp for lunch and a siesta or swim. Late afternoon might see you head out for a spot of fishing or bird-watching from the dhow. You’ll be able to spend time chimp trekking on each full day you’re in Mahale. In addition, there’ll be the chance to go for deep water swims off the dhow, fish in the lake, kayak, or just head up to one of the amazing waterfall pools in a quiet corner of the forest. This is a place for healthy activity and relaxation both! The chill-out deck of your room is perfect for an afternoon with a book or just to ponder the view of Lake Tanganyika and the endless horizon. Overnight at Greystoke Mahale

Day 4Fly to Dar es Salaam | Meals: B

Depart camp after breakfast for the return dhow trip to the airstrip and your onward flight from Mahale to Dar es Salaam, a hub for your onward travel arrangements.

  • Three nights’ accommodation at Greystoke Mahale
  • Transfers as indicated, including internal flights Arusha-Mahale-Dar
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • Some beverages, including coffee/tea and local brand drinks
  • Scheduled, shared activities including chimp trekking, boat trips, swimming, forest walks, village visits
  • Laundry
  • Park entrance fees and permits
  • Temporary membership in Flying Doctor Service
Not Included
  • Flights to/from Africa and related taxes
  • Travel insurance (emergency medical & evacuation coverage required)
  • Fees for passports, visas, or health vaccinations
  • Transfers, sightseeing, activities, meals, and beverages not specified
  • Gratuities
  • Items of personal nature such as laundry, spa services, internet, phone, etc.
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