Primate Trekking Tanzania Safaris

Explore the remote Mahale National Park on the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika, the deepest lake in the world, in Tanzania. Learn about the chimpanzee behavior with the expert guides, enjoy traditional fishing methods, and trek through ancient forests that are penetrated by Japanese primates. This chimpanzee tracking experience is high on the bucket list for many adventurers. Be part of the adventure and create a memory you will never forget!

Highlights

  • Daily monkey tracking and trekking
  • The best primate viewing in the world
  • Experienced English-speaking safari guide
  • Learn about the chimpanzee behavior with the experts
  • Enjoy the traditional fishing methods and boating
  • Airport and all transportation services
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 3 nights accommodation

Styles


3 activity days in English
Spoken languages: Chinese (mandarin), French, German, Italian, Spanish, English

Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport

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Accommodation

Greystoke Mahale sits on a pristine and white sandy beach overlooking the turquoise water of Lake Tanganyika with the forested slopes of the Mahale Mountains rising behind. Your days can start there, eating breakfast whilst waiting to hear news of the chimps and deciding what to do with your day. Evenings end with sundowners on the rocks of the headland, where drinks are served around the lamp-lit bar whilst the mountains, rising behind the camp, and disappear into the darkness.

Alaitol Safaris Tanzania Itinerary

Day 1 Arusha to Mahale

With an early departure from your Arusha accommodation, you will be transferred to the Arusha Airport (ARK), for the charter flight to Mahale National Park. Upon arrival at the Mahale airstrip, you will meet with the camp guides and take a one-hour boat trip to the camp. Remote and fabulous! In the afternoon, take a bush walk around the camp to discover your new habitat.

Day 2 Mahale

The chimp trackers set off early and radio to camp when they have located the chimpanzees. From there is it our turn to push through the incredible jungle to the desired location. Return to camp for lunch and resting.

Day 3 Mahale

The trackers have set off again today. You are allowed one hour to view the chimps on each day. This will be timed and recorded by park rangers who accompany you on the trek. You will return to the camp for a lunch and a short rest. After that, you are able to enjoy a short boat ride and learn some traditional fishing techniques in search of the Yellow Belly!

Day 4 Mahale and beyond

After a leisurely morning breakfast, you will take a boat transfer back to park headquarters for your charter flight back to Arusha. You will arrive early in the evening.

Included excursions

Enjoy a chimp tracking experience in the remote Mahale Mountains which is high on the bucket list for many adventurers. This holiday offers monkey tracking, trekking, and boating all within a relaxing motor ride from the airstrip. View the chimpanzees with national park rangers in set times and watch their behavior!

Location

The retreat will take place in Mahale Mountains National Park, Tanzania.

Mahale Mountains National Park

Mahale Mountains National Park is a sanctuary of the chimpanzee that can be reached by charter flight or by boat from Kigoma. Covering an area of approximately 1,600 square kilometers, the park's western boundary is the shore of Lake Tanganyika. The chimpanzee population is estimated at around 1,000 and they may be observed in their natural habitat in groups of up to 30.

Yellow baboons, red colobus, red-tailed, and vervet monkeys also live in the park and are commonly seen as are bush-babies, bush-pigs, bushbuck, blue duiker, civet, hyrax, and white-tailed mongoose. Buffalo, elephant, giraffe, leopard, lion, porcupine and other various types of antelope are also present but will prove more difficult to find. Lake Tanganyika is also home to more than 250 species of fish.

Food

During the safari, you will be served daily breakfasts, lunches, and dinners that are included in the package.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Boat safari
  • Chimp watching and tracking
  • Enjoy the game view
  • Take a photograph during the trekking
  • Traditional fishing

Spa treatments

Massage or other treatments can be booked at the lodge for additional costs.

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers from and to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • Daily game drives
  • Daily meals as per itinerary
  • Experienced English-speaking safari guide
  • Ground transportation and boat
  • Local flights
  • Mineral water
  • Services of Alaitol Safaris staff

What's not included

  • International airfare
  • Massage treatments
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transfer from the airport is included. The Alaitol Safaris will pick you up from the airport.

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) is located less than 50 minutes' drive from Arusha and Moshi towns in northern Tanzania, which is served by international carriers including KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Kenya Airways, and Ethiopian Airlines.

Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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