Kungwe Beach Lodge Tented Camp
With comfortable permanent tents under thatch, set along the white sands of Lake Tanganyika, Kungwe Beach Lodge is the perfect base for exploring the beautiful emerald forests of Mahale Mountains National Park. Quietly observing the chimpanzees who live here, in their natural habitat, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
* Kungwe Beach Lodge Highlights
- ∞Chimpanzee tracking
- ∞Beautiful lake views
- ∞Step out of your tent onto the beach
- ∞Forest walks
- ∞Incredible birdlife
- ∞Snorkelling in Lake Tanganyika
- ∞Boat safaris to spot hippo and crocodile
- ∞Freshwater fishing
More about this accommodation
Kungwe Beach Lodge consists of 10 permanent tents under thatch on raised platforms. They are arranged along the edge of the beach, within the cooling canopy of the forest. The tents have either a king-sized bed or twin beds; one is a triple/family room with a king-sized bed and twin beds.
All of the tents have a writing desk, lockable chest, mosquito nets and luxurious bed linen with an en-suite bathroom with shower. At the front of each tent is a private wooden deck with chairs from which to gaze at the beautiful view across the beach and the crystal waters of Lake Tanganyika.
Main Lodge Area
Shaped like a traditional dhow in the middle of the beach, the main lodge has a comfortable lounge area and dining room. Often meals are served on the beach and sundowners can be enjoyed next to a crackling beach fire.
Game Viewing Activities
The main game-viewing experience at Mahale Mountains National Park is the chimpanzees. Although strictly regulated to conserve both them and their environment, it is almost unheard of for visitors not to get to see these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat.
Although definitely the main attraction, they're certainly not the only wildlife in the park. There are plenty of other primates, including colobus monkeys, larger plains mammals like giraffe, zebra and antelope and predators, including lion, on the savannahs. There is also an abundance of birds and around 250 endemic fish species can be viewed while snorkelling in the clear water of Lake Tanganyika.
Things to Do
Other than tracking the chimpanzees, there are numerous forest walks that range from gentle strolls to 2- to 3-day challenging hikes to reach the top of Mount Nkungwe.
The lake offers plenty in terms of water activities, including swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and fishing.
Visits to nearby villages to learn about the local traditions, culture and way of life can be organised.
Mahale is remote (resulting in its perfect ‘uncrowdedness’). The easiest and quickest way to get there is by air.
By air: During season (June to October), regular scheduled flights from Arusha and Dar es Salaam (three to five hours) to the Mahale airstrip are available. Out of season, flights are less regular. Charter flights can also be arranged.
By road: The roads are rough and can be inaccessible, especially during the rainy season. From Arusha to Kigoma (from where you’ll need to take a boat or plane), it takes about two to three days.
By boat: From Kigoma, there are speedboats (four to six hours) and timber boats (up to 15 hours) to Mahale. Twice a week the MV Liemba, a large steamship, travels from Kigoma (10 hours).
Our Take on Kungwe Beach Lodge
A relaxed tented camp, small enough to feel private, with incredible views across the lake. Watching chimpanzees as they go about their day in this emerald paradise is an indescribable, unforgettable experience.
- ∞Concession Fees
- ∞Return Airstrip Boat Transfers
- ∞Beach Dinner on Final Night's Stay
- ∞Forest or Bird Walks
- ∞Soft drinks and bottled water
- ∞Laundry Service
- xAlcoholic Drinks
- xFlying Doctors/Medical Evacuation
- xItems of a Personal Nature
- xConservation Fees
- xTourism Levy
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