According to the World Wildlife Fund, Africa's wild chimpanzees are classified as an endangered species. Their distribution is restricted to Africa, in only a handful of countries. One of those countries is Tanzania. Gombe Stream National Park and Mahale Mountains National Park are both located on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, one of Africa's Great Lakes. Both are sanctuaries for some of the last remaining wild chimpanzees in the world. Gombe is also renowned as the park in which Jane Goodall conducted her world-famous research on chimpanzees. These intriguing creatures' human-like appearance and mannerisms are fascinating to observe. This 9-day safari tour gives you a chance to do just that. On the tour, guests are led on guided trekking excursions into the forested slopes of both national parks, in search of the chimps. Once found, you will have the chance to observe them in their natural habitat, marvelling at the fact that you are seeing an endangered creature in the flesh. Optional boat safaris and kayak trips can be arranged in the afternoons, after the chimp trekking. There are a host of other wildlife species found in both parks as well, including several monkey species, leopards, lions, and wild dogs. The parks are set on the shores of the beautiful Lake Tanganyika, whose waters are home to a wealth of marine life.

Why we like it

Chance to see an endangered species; Thrilling trekking through forests; Unique safari experience

Quick Facts

Accommodation Type: Tour
Rates from: More than $500 p.p.p.d.
Group Size: Small
Max No of Guests:
Children Friendly: Yes
Minimum Age: 2

Tour info

Tour duration: 9 Days
Start: Arusha
End: Arusha
Highlights Seeing endangered chimps; Stunning Gombe and Mahale Parks; Boating and Kayaking Trips
Nearest Major City Arusha

Park / Reserve

Activities

Primary

Walking Safari

Secondary

Boat Cruise

Optional

Kayaking

The Experience

Safari type

Safari Tour

Specialist Species

Chimpanzee
Colobus Monkey

Malaria area

Yes

Suitable for

Couples
Families
Large groups
Small groups
Solo Travellers
Gallery Where Itinerary

What to Pack

What's Provided

Accommodation
Meals
English-speaking Driver/Guide
All soft drinks and bottled water in Mahale and Gombe
1 x Chimpanzee Trek per day in Mahale and Gombe
1 x Boat Safari in Mahale

What to Bring

Camera
Binoculars
Comfortable Walking Clothes/Shoes
Sunscreen/ Hat
Other Personal Items
Insect Repellent
Jacket/Warm Clothing
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