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“Who knew lakes have persistent waves?”
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Kungwe Beach Lodge
New York
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54 reviews
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“Who knew lakes have persistent waves?”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

Kungwe, located on the shore of Lake Tanganyika, was an absolute dream. It felt as if you were on a seaside holiday when you were in camp. Yet, right behind the luxury tents are the Mahale mountains with troops of chimpanzees and several species of monkeys. Our guide, Sixtus Mushi, was exceptional! We were treated to chimp interactions starting on the first afternoon (which is not at all guaranteed!).

The rooms are like something out of a movie. You walk in and are greeted by a four-poster bed hung with mosquito nets. As you continue into the back of the tent, there is a rain forest shower and toilet. With the waves lapping at the front of the tent, it was a slice of heaven!

The food was excellent and the other guests were interesting people. We guess that would often be the case given the type of people that venture to remote, adventure locations such as Mahale.

We highly recommend this camp.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

I cannot imagine a more perfectly serene holiday. My husband and I celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary here. From the moment we were greeted at the airstrip to the time we departed from Mahale, we were taken care of by the wonderful staff at the lodge. The rooms are very comfortable and private. We were very very fortunate to have an amazing chimp trek where we found a large group of chimpanzees (about 15) who had hunted a baboon and they were fighting for the meat. Truly unforgettable!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Landisville, Pennsylvania, United States
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Reviewed June 16, 2012

Lakefront oasis nestled into the jungle. Accommodations are top notch. The staff is extremely welcoming and goes out of the way to make your experience enjoyable. Trackers scout for the chimpanzees to make your journey through the forest as efficient as possible. What amazing creatures! Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Arusha, Tanzania
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Reviewed May 30, 2012

Truly one of the finest natural places left in the wild, it is very comfortable and the staff are wonderful, the bush and jungle surrounding the lodge is all natural, and seeing the wild chimps is unbelievable as well as the other game that walks around on the beach, highly recommended.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed March 18, 2012

Our visit to the Mahale Mountains, staying in Kungwe Lodge, was a real highlight of our trip to East Africa and is one of the most incredible places we have ever been to. It was a real privilege to be able to spend time with the chimpanzees and we had some very memorable close encounters. Mahale is hard to get to and is expensive but it was well worth it and we are so glad that we splurged and stayed here. The lodge itself is lovely, set on a beautiful white sand beach on the banks of Lake Tanganyika. The lush forest starts right behind the lodge and goes up the mountains. The food was pretty good and very fresh - the last night's beach dinner was especially good. Chimp tracking was the highlight but even just walking through the jungle was a great experience - it felt like Tarzan! The lake was beautiful and it was a great place to relax as well. I wasn't willing to swim here as we had seen crocs and hippos but we did take out a kayak and explore with that. Just a pointer - if you're going to lounge around at the beach, either keep covered or go to town with the deet because there are tse tse flies. I got bitten big time.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Livingstone, Zambia
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Reviewed December 15, 2011

The lodge is set at the foot of the magnificent mountains, and the staff are what make this lodge so amazing. It is isolated, peaceful and absolutely beautiful. The food is outstanding, and is the perfect platform to view the magnificent chimps that still live in the wild in this remote area, as well as other wildlife that visit the lodge daily. Well worth the trip!!! Thanks to the amazing staff for the attention to detail and excellent and outstanding service.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Queens, NY
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Reviewed October 27, 2011

I have to be honest and say that I literally cried the whole plane ride leaving Mahale because of how much I was sad to leave. Kungwe Beach Lodge and the chimp tracking was the favorite part of our East Africa trip.

The lake was amazingly beautiful and relaxing (although loud like the ocean at times!) We had a difficult time finding the chimps but we did see them 2 out of the 3 days we trekked and the strenuous hike was absolutely worth it....and it was fun too! We were completely in awe of them and couldn't believe how they just walk right passed us!! We loved our guide Given and all the staff at Kungwe. Bernard the manager arranged a birthday celebration for cake with me and helped me with my continuing learning of Swahili.
Oh and Laundry Service was GREAT..thx!
We were very lucky in that we came in between 2 larger groupd of guests so it was just us and one other couple the whole time we were there. Oh, and we loved Andrew our waiter and the food and especially the desserts!!!.were really really good. Oh, and the South african wine was delish Rooms were really nice with view of the lake....really just loved everything and I wanted to live there forever.

If the staff reads this they will remember that I said, "Ningetaka kubaki kwa usiku hamsini zaidi"!!!!!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Kungwe Beach Lodge
Address: Mahale Mountains National Park 20965, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Kigoma Region > Mahale Mountains National Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Mahale Mountains National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Kungwe Beach Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on a stretch of golden sandy beach and overlooking the crystal clear waters of Lake Tanganyika the recently refurbished Kungwe Beach Lodge is the perfect blend of comfort and luxury in a romantic setting.The light, airy and spacious tents are furnished in the traditional ‘safari’ style, with unbeatable sunsets over the mountains of Congo. In the gathering darkness fishermen’s lanterns light up across the lake, mirroring the stars above.Candlelit dinners are served either on the beach or in our dining area, to the unique sounds of Africa - beetles, crickets and the night calls of chimpanzees, the perfect way to relax after a perfect day! As well as being famous for chimpanzee tracking, this part of Lake Tanganyika offers some of the best fresh water fishing in Tanzania. Here you can catch ‘Sangara’ (Nile Perch), ‘Kuhe’ (Yellow Belly) to name just a few.So be it a strenuous chimpanzee trek, a scenic boat trip, an adventurous fishing excursion or just time spent relaxing on cushioned sun beds while listening to the lapping of the waves, your stay at Kungwe Beach Lodge will be a memorable experience to take away with you. ... more   less 
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