You realise you are in paradise. From the moment you take the handcrafted hardwood Tanganyika Dhow laden with white cushions and a cool box full of beers and Gin and Tonics and cruise down Lake Tanganyika, listening to stories of chimp sightings.
The Lake is crystal clear with vast jungle and mountains jutting out of the waters edge to over 7500 feet.
We hike in the stunning tropical forest that covers the slopes of the mountains. It's home to nine different species of primates, including a group of 100 wild chimpanzees, who've been habituated to human contact. When we've tracked them we sit amongst them, only a few feet away.
Later, we regroup our energies on the soft sand beach, and slip into the waters of the lake. We fish, snorkel, go boating. It is a physical place but strangely undemanding. Perhaps because it seems to have been specially created for great apes: figs, flowers, sun, shade, water.
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