Kungwe Beach Lodge
Set deep in the heart of the African interior on a stretch of secluded golden beach, Kungwe Beach Lodge is the perfect blend of comfort and luxury in a romantic setting.
GPS: 6°07'45.89"S ; 29°43'54.63"E, Mbali Mbali Lodges and Camps, Mahale Mountains National Park, Tanzania
Ten light spacious safari rooms, furnished in imitation of the surrounding lakeside Villages, have been strategically placed at the edge of the cooling forest canopy of the Mahale Mountains National park. All rooms are under thatch on raised platforms and have a private deck providing views of Lake Tanganyika and the beach. The main deck is shaped like a dhow boat and contains the central dining and lounge facilities. All guest rooms are within easy walking distance along the beach to the main lounge and dining areas.
Each Safari Room contains a configuration of single King-sized bed suitable either for a couple sharing or a single guest, while the Twin rooms have been configured with 2 Twin beds. The Triple Room contains a King Bed and 1 Twin Bed suitable for families with one younger child.
All Rooms contain the conveniences to ensure a relaxing and comfortable stay, equipped with mosquito nets, luxury bed linens and full bathroom amenities including an indoor rain shower. An authentic lockable Zanzibar chest is also provided for those precious and personal items.
- 1 King or 2 Twin Beds
- Private balcony with chairs and coffee table
- Spectacular views of the beach and Lake Tanganyika
- Writing Desk with chair
- Luggage Rack
- Bath Robes
- Ensuite bathroom with indoor shower and toilet
- Four poster bed with mosquito nets
- Gilchrist & Soames bathroom amenities
- 24-Hour Inverter Electricity
- Solar Powered Hot Water Geyser
- Power point for charging of electrical equipment (220V)
- Laundry services included
- Turn down service
Mahale is a pristine, natural experience open to those willing to walk its trails. The birds, primates, monkeys, small predators and butterflies, all offer signs of life and there is little that beats an amble through the forest.
Each day you can venture out into this wonderland to observe the habituated M Group as they groom, squabble noisily, or bound into the trees to swing effortlessly between the vines.
If chimpanzee trekking is not enough, boat safaris, kayaking, fishing excursions along the shore are also on offer. This region 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.
- Chimpanzee Trekking
- Bird Watching
- Forest Walk
- Boat Safari
- Fishing Excursions
- Private Beach
An estimated one thousand chimpanzees roam the lush rainforest spanning a chain of dramatic peaks alongside Lake Tanganyika; Mahale Mountains National Park is a sanctuary for these chimpanzee populations.
Kungwe Beach Lodge sits on a stretch of secluded golden beach, deep in the heart of the African interior. With a dramatic mountain range rising up from behind and crystal clear waters of Lake Tanganyika in front of the lodge, this romantic getaway is the perfect blend of comfort and luxury.
The primary activity in the park is chimpanzee trekking. On a gentle boat safari down the lake you may encounter crocodile, hippo and otter as well as an abundance of birdlife. Test your skills against the local methods of freshwater fishing. Kayaks are available for exploring the lake or you may chose to simply relax on the beach.
In the evening, enjoy a sundowner around a crackling fire whilst the sun slowly dips down over the mountains of the Congo.
Mahale Mountains National Park
Accessible only by boat or by air, Mahale Mountains National Park is known to be among the most isolated and beautiful parks on the African continent. With dots of isolated, golden sandy beaches framed by jungle-covered peaks, Mahale covers 1613 square kilometres of rugged terrain along the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika.
Famous for containing some of the last remaining wild chimpanzees in Africa, Mahale is home to a population of approximately 800 to 1000 chimpanzees. Successive teams of Japanese researchers have quietly conducted some of the most important scientific work on these primates from as early as 1961, habituating what is known as the M Group, thus allowing for excellent encounters with this group of about 60 individuals.
Although the chimpanzees are the main attraction, and among some of the most studied primates in Africa, the rest of the region’s natural environment has remained relatively hidden from the outside world. The park protects at least 50 other mammalian species, many of which are primates but also leopard and different types of antelope.
During a morning walk in the forest it is not unusual to come across signs of other wildlife, such as troops of red colobus, red-tailed and blue monkeys. Warthog and bushbuck wander along the fringes of the forest and are often spotted on the sandy beaches.
The birdlife in Mahale, although prolific, is more often heard than seen. A moment of stillness in the forest will reveal the calls of numerous bird species above the general hum. Birds include the malachite kingfisher, pied kingfisher, purple-crested turaco and narina trogon. Fish eagles and palm-nut vultures are often spotted along the shoreline, special sightings include the elusive pel’s fishing-owl.
The warm, clear blue waters of Lake Tanganyika, the world’s longest and second-deepest lake, contains over 250 cyclid species found nowhere else on earth.