8 Days Gombe Stream And Mahale Mountains Chimpanzee Trekking Safari : This is an ideal safari combination for seeing chimpanzees up close in western Tanzania. The famed Gombe Stream National Park is where Jane Goodall conducted her studies on chimpanzee populations. It is situated on the western border of Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and contains 35 km2 of protected area along the highlands of Lake Tanganyika’s eastern bank. The Mahale Mountains National Park is nearby, just south of Kigoma. It is the only location where chimpanzees and lions coexist.
This personalized 8-Days Gombe Stream and Mahale Mountains Chimpanzee Trekking Safari allows you to travel at your own pace, just how you want it. You’ll have your own safari vehicle and guide.
A DETAILED ITINERARY: 8-DAYS GOMBE STREAM AND MAHALE MOUNTAINS SAFARI
Day 1: Arrival at Dar Es Salaam Hotel
You will meet your Tanzania Focus East Africa Tour guide at the Dar es Salaam airport. He/She will transport you to your accommodation, where you can relax and enjoy the African atmosphere for the remainder of the day. Your personal and experienced Focus East Africa Tour guide not only understands a lot about Tanzanian culture but also about the country’s wonderful national parks and landmarks. Don’t be hesitant to ask your Focus East Africa Tour guide questions; he’ll gladly answer them all.
This is a special private safari, so you can fully enjoy your trip! You have complete control over when you depart in the morning and when you return in the evening. During the safari, you can also spend as much time as you want observing an individual animal or herd. You are not required to be mindful of anyone. During the safari, your personal guide will advise you so that your trip is a great experience. Tomorrow morning, your safari will begin!
Day 2: Flight to Kigoma
You will travel by air today from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma. At the airport, your driver will be there to pick you up and drive you to your accommodation in Kigoma. Today, you can choose between the following activities:
- Kigoma city tour
- Visit the historical town of Ujiji (Dr. Livingstone Memorial & Museum).
- Visit the village of Mwamgongo.
- Kayaking on the lake
- Motor boat tour on the lake
Day 3-4: Full Day Gombe Stream National Park
Today, you’ll be taken to Gombe Stream National Park by your guide. To get to the park, it only takes a 30-minute drive and a 1.5-hour boat ride. Gombe is a well-known location for those seeking unique opportunities to observe chimpanzees. To see chimpanzees in the wild, you can go on a guided trip through the forest. The region contains deep valleys and a variety of forest types, including grassland, forest, and tropical rainforest.
Jane Goodall conducted her chimpanzee population research in the Gombe Stream National Park. As you stroll through the forest looking for a chimpanzee family, follow in her footsteps.
Once you’ve located the chimpanzees, you are free to view their daily routines, children playing, and mothers nursing their young. Enjoy these unique and personal glimpses into chimpanzee culture.
Gombe Stream National Park is home to chimpanzees as well as beachcomber olive baboons, red colobus, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, and vervet monkeys. Blue and red-tailed monkeys hybridize there as well. Along with bushpigs, the park is home to over 200 different bird species. Numerous reptile species, occasionally even hippos and leopards, can be seen.
Day 5-6: Full Day Mahale Mountains National Park
You will go to Mahale Mountains National Park by boat and spend 2.5 hours driving on day 5. It is a little bigger than its more northern neighbor, Gombe, and is also home to about 900 of Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzees.
While on your hikes through the Mahale Mountains National Park, you will spend some time looking for chimpanzees. Experienced and skilled guides lead the hikes. You have time to observe the local chimpanzee group once you’ve met them. The chimpanzees are not timid because they are accustomed to human visitors. Meeting them is a fantastic, once-in-a-lifetime event!
Other activities to do at this Day:
- Boat cruise
- Mountain climbing to Kungwe Peak (another day is needed)
Day 7: Drive to Kigoma
Your tour guide will take you to Kigoma after a pleasant morning stroll through the Mahale Mountains. The following morning, you will fly back to Dar es Salaam after spending the night there.
Day 8: Kigoma to the airport, then home
You take a trip from Kigoma to the international airport today to catch your subsequent flight out, and you’ll be home on day nine. Would you like to expand your safari to include a beach vacation or more national parks? After your safari, Tanzania provides ideal paradises like Zanzibar, Pemba, and Mafia.
TOUR PACKAGE PRICE INCLUDES:
- All Airports and Hotels transfers
- Accommodations during the entire safari
- Game drives through the mentioned national park
- Luxurious private 4×4 Safari Land Cruiser with pop-up roof and big windows, especially designed for high-end safari game drives
- An English-speaking-speaking guide during the whole safari
- Park fees for all the national parks mentioned
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner during your safari (full board)
- 24/7 service from our local office in Tanzania
- Drinking water in our safari vehicle
- Mentioned inland flights
THIS PRICE EXCLUDES:
- International flight tickets and visas
- Travel insurance (travel/cancellation insurance, flying doctors)
- Tips (Gratitude)
- Anything else not included in an itinerary
Kindly get in touch with us to know the price for this tour and to make a booking. Either a private expedition or joining a group are options for this 8-Days Gombe Stream and Mahale Mountains Chimpanzee Trekking Safari. If you want to be a part of a group, send us your inquiry, and we’ll help you join a group. The same goes for those interested in a private tour!