WHERE TO STAY IN LAKE TANGANYIKA
AfricanMecca has a Safari Tier classification system for its many accommodations which range from super luxurious, with every amenity, comfort and service, to deluxe and budget value. Lodges are usually built from durable local materials, whilst tents are canvas constructions, but both are usually set on raised foundations with private verandas and en-suite bathroom facilities.
Ranked by such considerations as location, eco-friendliness, ease of access, quality of service, décor, cuisine, guiding standards and activities on offer, there is a small but varied choice of camps and lodges from which to explore the Lake Tanganyika and its surroundings on a dream vacation to western Tanzania. There are not many luxury lodges to stay at on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, but Lupita Island Resort is a lotus-eaters’ dream, well worth the effort it takes to get there, even if you have to hire a helicopter.
Parts of Lake Tanganyika ecosystem in western Tanzania are two prime chimpanzee focused national parks. The first is the world famous Gombe Stream National Park where Jane Goodall studied the chimps for 50 years. The second is Mahale Mountains National Park offering you a more accessible and wilder chimp park – over 30 times the size of Gombe. Proper tourist focused lake accommodations in these parks are Mbali Mbali Gombe Lodge, Greystoke Mahale and Mbali Mbali Mahale Lodge.
You can also opt to stay in Kigoma town if you simply prefer a lake hotel experience rather than a primate focused lodge or camp by the Tanganyika. The two main options in Kigoma town are Kigoma Hilltop Hotel and Lake Tanganyika Hotel.
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I booked my safari holiday through AfricanMecca. They were the most helpful company I have ever dealt with and I work within the travel industry. I had the most amazing time. The holiday went as clockwork with no hitches anywhere.
Shelley Roberts - Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
Congratulations, the organisation by AfricanMecca was perfect. As to Mahale we spent 4 memorable days in that beautiful scenery, with plenty of Chimp viewing, a lovable crew and good food. Thanks once again for the top service.
Danielle and Walter Rohrer - Hoerhausen, Switzerland
Dear Raza, We want to thank all the AfricanMecca team and the people who had made possible such an unforgettable honeymoon. Thanks to Nkungwe Beach Lodge (a paradise on earth) for all their attentions in such a remote and beautiful spot.
Toni & Raquel Salat - Barcelona, Spain
I recently returned from a trip to Tanzania with a party of eleven people (Canisius College school group) visiting remote Chimpanzee and Wildlife in Gombe, Mahale, Selous. I am pleased to report that I was entirely satisfied in every respect.
Dr. Michael Noonan - Professor At Canisius College - New York, United States
AfricanMecca's professionalism and care understands that what distinguishes Africa is its authenticity, the land, people and wildlife who do not share our world of fashion and fanfare that distinguish so many travel companies today.
Cyril Christo & Marie Wilkinson, Conservation Photographers, Authors & Wildlife Documentary Producers - USA
We saw more than 20 chimpanzees including chimps I've read about -- Freud, Faustino, Wilkie... so amazing. We had an absolutely amazing trip in Arusha, Serengeti and Gombe - everything went smooth as silk. Thank you so much Raza
Tiffany Heitz & Lesley Smith - California, United States
We had a wonderful time on our chimpanzee safari in Mahale Mountains National Park. The services were outstanding. The guides were knowledgeable and led us to several very nice viewing opportunities. Asante sana.
Dave and Sara Howe - Washington, United States
EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR LAKE TANGANYIKA IN WESTERN TANZANIA
When visiting Lake Tanganyika, we recommend combining it with offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Nyerere (Selous), Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale.
You may optionally extend out to Northern Tanzania safari parks such as Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti (wildebeest migration). End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.
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GUIDE ON LAKE TANGANYIKA IN TANZANIA
Tanganyika is arguably the most beautiful Great Lake in Africa, formed in the Great African Rift Valley, with long, deserted beaches of silver sand backed by tropical forest on chimpanzee habitat mountains.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN LAKE TANGANYIKA
Varied Tanganyika tour experiences are available, from lake cruises by dhow for romantic water-borne meals, fishing, snorkeling or deep lake swimming, motorboat trips, cultural village visits to kayaking.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT LAKE TANGANYIKA
Lake Tanganyika is an enchanting place to visit almost all the year round since it has a moderate equatorial climate. June to September is the best time to set out on a trip to maximize on the activities.
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