Day 1 (Friday or Saturday) – Fly with Auric Air from Dar es Salaam to Iringa departing Dar at 07h00 and arriving in Iringa at 08h30. Change planes to fly from Iringa to Kipili in a Cessna 210. Flying time is 1h50min. You are met at the Kipili airstrip and drive 5km to Lake Shore Lodge arriving in time for lunch. Relax in your Chalet in the afternoon and enjoy dinner on the beach under the stars at the water’s edge.
Day 2 – After breakfast, we head off to one of the islands in front of Lake Shore for a morning of snorkeling to see the endemic cichlids of Lake Tanganyika. Overnight in your Chalet.
Day 3 – Explore Lake Tanganyika on one of our kayaks. Overnight at Lake Shore in your Chalet.
Day 4 – Leave the Lodge at sunrise to get onto the plane and fly 25min to Katavi National Park. You are met by your guide who will take you on a day’s game drive. Katavi is the third largest National Park in Tanzania yet has the same number of guests in a year that the Serengeti gets in a day in peak season. The park is truly wild and completely unspoiled. Return to Kipili in the late afternoon and overnight in your Chalet.
Day 5 – Take a walk up to the old Kipili Monastery, one of the oldest churches in Tanzania. It is now a ruin and stands on the hill 500m from Lake Shore. The views down to the islands and the Lake are well worth the short walk. Relax in your hammock in the afternoon or have a massage or a jaccuzzi (not included).
Day 6 – We set off early for Mahale. The flying time from Kipili to Mahale is 45min. You are met by the TANAPA Rangers who will take you by boat to where the chimp trekking starts. The Ranger will show you the way and will hike with you through the rainforest until you find the chimps. You will spend an hour with the chimps and then start your hike back to the boat so that you can head back to the airstrip for your flight back to Kipili.
Day 7 – Today is the last day at Lake Shore. In the evening we will go out for a sunset cruise around the islands.
Day 8 (Friday or Saturday) – After a leisurely breakfast, we drive you to the Kipili airstrip for your flight from Kipili to Iringa. You will then change planes and fly from Iringa to Dar es Salaam with Auric Air departing Iringa at 16h00 and arriving in Dar at 17h30.
PRICE DEPENDS ON THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE PLANE:
Cost per person sharing
Interesting facts about Lake Tanganyika