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7-Day Gombe & Mahale Chimpanzee Trekking

Duration

7 Days

Max People

20

Min Age

12+

Pick Up

Airport

Overview 

Experience an unparalleled 7-Day Gombe & Mahale Chimpanzee Trekking adventure with Exodus Safaris as we journey to the captivating Western part of Tanzania, where two extraordinary national parks await your discovery – Gombe and Mahale. Nestled along the pristine shores of Lake Tanganyika, these secluded havens are renowned for their thriving populations of chimpanzees and offer a rare opportunity to observe these fascinating primates in their natural habitat.

Our journey begins in the picturesque Gombe National Park, made famous by pioneering primatologist Jane Goodall and her groundbreaking research on chimpanzee behavior. As we traverse the park's lush forests and rugged terrain, keep your eyes peeled for sightings of these intelligent and charismatic creatures, whose playful antics and complex social interactions never fail to captivate and inspire. Follow experienced guides as they lead you through dense jungle trails, providing insights into the lives and behaviors of Gombe's chimpanzee community.

From Gombe, our adventure continues to the remote wilderness of Mahale National Park, where dense forests and towering mountains provide a sanctuary for one of the largest populations of wild chimpanzees in the world. As we trek through the pristine landscapes of Mahale, be prepared for thrilling encounters with these remarkable primates, whose close genetic ties to humans make them a truly fascinating species to observe. From grooming sessions and playful romps through the trees to intense displays of dominance and cooperation, every moment offers a glimpse into the intricate world of Mahale's chimpanzee community.

But the wonders of Gombe and Mahale extend far beyond their resident primates. With their stunning natural beauty, diverse ecosystems, and rich biodiversity, these national parks offer endless opportunities for exploration and discovery. From birdwatching and hiking to swimming and snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tanganyika, there's no shortage of activities to enjoy amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Gombe and Mahale.

At Exodus Safaris, we believe that every safari should be a transformative experience, leaving you with a deeper appreciation for the beauty and diversity of the natural world. Join us on this one-of-a-kind journey to Gombe and Mahale National Parks and experience the magic of Tanzania's Western wilderness like never before.

Tour Features

This budget tour takes you to lodges and tented camps. This private tour is tailored exclusively for you, and no one else will be joining. You can start your journey on any day that is available, and some minor changes to the accommodations and destinations can be requested. Unfortunately, this tour is not suitable for solo travelers, and the minimum age to take part in the tour is 12 years old.

Activities & Transportation

  • Make your way into the wild, with chimpanzee trekking!
  • Trek around in a comfortable, pop-up roof 4x4 vehicle, a minivan, or a boat.
  • For the adventurous, you can even traverse through the terrain by hiking or walking.
  • Additionally, availing of air transfer and shuttle services to and from the airport is included.
  • An unforgettable experience awaits you in the great outdoors!

Getting There

  • This tour starts in Arusha and ends in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Exodus Safaris will help you 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

Included/Excluded

  • Park fees
  • All activities
  • All accommodation
  • professional driver/guide
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • All flights during the tour
  • Drinking Water
  • International flights
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips
  • Personal items
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

Tour Plan

Day 01 Arusha - Gombe National Park

You will be picked from your hotel and taken to the airport for your flight to Kigoma. At the airport, you will be welcomed by your tour guide to take you on the 20-minute journey to Kibirizi port for a two-hour cruise to Gombe National Park. Upon arrival, you will be treated with a hot meal at the park entrance gate before beginning your search for chimpanzees, guided by expert trackers. After that, you will return to your camp for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 02 Gombe Chimpanzee Trekking

After breakfast, we will make our journey to the nearby forest for trekking. The terrain can be strenuous, so be sure to come prepared for the adventure. As we explore the woods, we may have the chance to witness the unique behavior of chimpanzees in their natural environment. From grooming and feeding each other to interacting with one another, it is a rare experience to come so close these gentle primates. We will venture to various different locations throughout the forest, such as the waterfalls, Jane's Peak, and other areas where chimpanzees are found. When the trek is complete, we will head back to camp for lunch before spending some time at the picturesque Lake Tanganyika beach.

Day 03 Gombe Morning Trek - Kigoma

After a delicious morning meal, it's time to embark on a tour to various valleys, taking in the sights of beautiful forests and discovering the gorgeous Kakombe Waterfall. You'll be back in time for lunch, after which you'll pack your bags and head off to Kigoma Town. The evening awaits with a tasty dinner and a pleasant stay at the hotel.

Day 04 Kigoma - Mahale Mountains

You will be picked from Kigoma and transported to Mahale Park, which lies 128 km south of Kigoma (to the east of Lake Tanganyika), and is characterised by the majestic Mahale Mountains. Upon arrival in the afternoon, a hot lunch will be served for your enjoyment before dinner. Your overnight accommodation will be at Mango Tree Bandas.

Day 05 Mahale Mountain Trekking

After finishing breakfast, you will have the amazing opportunity to go chimpanzee trekking in the forest. The hike is not too difficult and can be completed by anyone with a good level of fitness; however, it can be more challenging for those who are less active. Viewing the endangered primates up close is an unforgettable experience that can't be missed! Once the trek is over, you will return to your accommodation in order to have dinner and stay overnight.

Day 06 Mahale Mountains - Kigoma

After enjoying your morning meal, prepare to take a journey through the forest in search of chimpanzees. The trek is relatively easy and doesn't require significant fitness levels. Nevertheless, having good physical condition will help make the trek through the wilderness more comfortable. Spending time with these endangered primates is an opportunity that won't come around again soon. Afterward, you'll travel back to Kigoma Town for a night in town and dinner.

Day 07 Kigoma - Dar Es Salaam

After nourishing your body with a hearty breakfast, you will be taken to the airport for your return trip to Dar Es Salaam or Arusha. This marks the end of your safari adventure.

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    Harper Reed

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    Wildlife Wonderland and Cultural Delights

    Gombe & Mahale Chimpanzee Trekking, combined with the Maasai Village Tour, offered a delightful blend of wildlife encounters and cultural experiences.

    September 22, 2023

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    Serena Stone

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    Immersed in Maasai Heritage

    The Maasai Village Tour immersed me in the rich heritage and traditions of the Maasai people, leaving a lasting impression.

    September 22, 2023

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    Maximus Fox

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    Journey into Primal Jungles

    The 7 Day Gombe & Mahale Chimpanzee Trekking led me deep into the heart of untouched jungles, where chimpanzees thrive.

    September 22, 2023

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    Aurora Knight

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    Nature's Symphony and Cultural Rhythms

    Gombe & Mahale Chimpanzee Trekking intertwined the melodies of nature with the rhythms of Maasai culture, creating a harmonious journey.

    September 22, 2023

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    Orion Archer

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    An Authentic Taste of Maasai Culture

    The Maasai Village Tour offered an authentic glimpse into the vibrant traditions and customs of the Maasai community.

    September 22, 2023

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    Amara Fox

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    Enthralling Chimpanzee Encounters

    The 7 Day Gombe & Mahale Chimpanzee Trekking presented me with unforgettable moments observing these incredible primates.

    September 22, 2023

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    Jasper Storm

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    Cultural Immersion and Wildlife Connection

    The combination of Maasai Village Tour and Chimpanzee Trekking allowed me to connect with both cultural heritage and wildlife.

    September 22, 2023

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    Nova Brooks

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    Exploring Pristine Rainforests

    Gombe & Mahale Chimpanzee Trekking unraveled the secrets of lush rainforests, unveiling their incredible biodiversity.

    September 22, 2023

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    Asher Knight

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    Discovering the Maasai Way of Life

    The Maasai Village Tour provided deep insights into the fascinating traditions and customs of the Maasai people.

    September 22, 2023

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    Luna Stone

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    Captivating Chimpanzee Trekking

    Gombe & Mahale offered an unforgettable adventure, with close encounters with chimpanzees leaving me in awe.

    September 22, 2023

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