You don’t need to travel to Uganda or Rwanda for an up close and personal chimpanzee trekking experience! Tanzania’s Mahale National Park is a fantastic place to get away from the tourist crowds and marvel at the chimpanzees who call this far-flung corner of Tanzania home.
Accessible only by boat or plane, Mahale is the ideal getaway for people looking to get off Tanzania’s beaten track.
Details of Five Day Chimpanzees of Mahale Experience
Day 1: Dar es salaam – Kigoma
You’ll be picked up from your Dar Es Salaam hotel and transferred to Julius Nyere Airport, where you’ll board a flight to the city of Kigoma.
Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to your local accommodations for a delicious meal before taking a short tour of Kigoma and nearby Ujiji for a window into local Tanzanian life. With tourism so rare in the area, you’ll be getting a glimpse into authentic daily life.
Day 2: Kigoma – Mahale National Park
After breakfast, you’ll set off for nearby Sigunga village for your scheduled boat transfer to Mahale Mountains National Park. It’s a serene ride into the park, and you’ll feel as if you’ve discovered the true heart of Africa as you leave civilization behind.
After lunch at your lodge, you’ll have the afternoon to soak in the serenity, relax by the pool, or take a guided forest walk.
Day 3: Chimpanzee Trekking
It’s time for the main event!
After an early breakfast, you’ll attend a briefing and then begin your journey into the jungle home of the chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains National Park. While it is not an especially strenuous walk, you’ll work up a sweat as you press through the forest in search of the chimpanzees who call the forest home.
As these are wild animals and not habituated, you won’t get too close, but you’ll have ample opportunities to observe our closest living relatives as they play in the canopy, feed on the forest floor, and go about their lives.
After your hike is complete, you’ll return to your lodge to shower and unwind.
Day 4: Mahale National Park – Kigoma
You’ll head back into the forest this morning for one last chance to observe and interact with the chimpanzees of Mahale. This is a shorter trek than your previous one, as you’ll need to be back at camp before lunch in order to check-out and board your boat back to Kigoma.
After arriving in Kigoma, you’ll have the afternoon to relax on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.
Day 5: Kigoma – Dar es salaam
It’s back to reality today, as you bid farewell to the wilds of southern Tanzania and fly back to Dar Es Salaam.