Day 1 – Mahale Mountains National Park: Fly from Arusha by light aircraft to Mahale Mountains National Park. On this scenic trip, you’ll see the lovely plains and mountains of western Tanzania. Then, near the shores of Lake Tanganyika, you’ll land at the airstrip. Enjoy a boat transfer (there are no roads here) to Greystoke Camp, a luxury tented camp on the shores of the lake. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon swimming or boating. Overnight at Greystoke Camp. (L, D, Dr)
Lake Tanganyika lies on the western edge of Tanzania and is about as remote as you can get. Greystoke Camp’s six open-fronted bandas are set just on the forest line, looking out over the lake, with dressing rooms behind and upstairs chill-out decks; they are designed with flair, generosity, and passion for the most demanding of castaways. The bathrooms are set just behind, and accessible via a short wooden boardwalk. They all have flush toilets and powerful showers, with hot and cold water available on demand.
Day 2 – Mahale Mountains National Park: Enjoy one of two splendid days in Mahale. This pristine park is home to the largest concentration of wild chimps in Tanzania. Although wild, some groups have been habituated, giving visitors the chance to see them up close. You’ll spend your morning tracking some of the family groups here. At times, the terrain is steep and thick with brush and trees, but your hard work will be rewarded when you see our closest living relatives. Return to camp for lunch, then choose from swimming, boating, relaxing or fishing ($50 fishing license required) in the afternoon. Overnight at Greystoke Camp. (B, L, D, Dr)
Day 3 – Mahale Mountains National Park: Today, you will spend a second day chimp trekking in Mahale (subject to permit availability). If you don’t feel up to trekking, you can have the day at your leisure to relax by the lake. Overnight at Greystoke Camp. (B, L, D, Dr)
Day 4 – Mahale/Arusha: Have breakfast, then bid farewell to Mahale. Transfer by boat, then fly back to Arusha with a picnic lunch. (B, L)
With the 5-day stay, you will enjoy an additional day at Greystoke Mahale.
Seven-night visits also available—call for pricing. Good sturdy but lightweight walking boots/shoes are recommended.
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