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4 Days Chimpanzee Tracking Safari at Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania

Tanapa Rest House, Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania

Chimpanzee Safaris Tanzania

Have a unique chimpanzee trekking experience at the Gombe Stream National Park, the smallest of Tanzania's national parks. This park, settled in a fragile strip of chimpanzee habitat, is straddling the steep slopes and river valleys that hem in the sandy northern shore of Lake Tanganyika. This tour will also give you a chance to enjoy nature walks in the forest and to visit other attractions like the beautiful Kakombe Waterfalls.

Key information

  • Starting point and ending point: Dar es Salaam
  • English speaking guide
  • All park fees are included (for non-residents)

Highlights

  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Various bird species and vast wildlife
  • Boat ride to Gombe Stream National Park
  • All park fees and chimpanzee permits included
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

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3 activity days
Airport transfer included: Kigoma Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
10:30
Check-out Time:
13:00

You will be provided three nights of accommodation on this safari. On the first night, you will be staying at the Tanapa Rest House and on the second night, you will stay at Gombe Rest House. The last night of the safari will be spent at Lake Tanganyika Kigoma Hill Top Hotel.

Tanapa Rest House

Next to the visitor center at Kasekela, this amenable place has six simple rooms with electricity in the mornings and evenings. Two overflow facilities have rooms of lesser quality and toilets in the back. There are also four special glamping-style tents.

  • Accommodation level: Budget

Lake Tanganyika Kigoma Hill Top Hotel

Kigoma Hilltop Hotel has eight double suites, one triple suite with a double and an extra third bed, one deluxe double suite, 14 executive double rooms, four twin executive rooms, and two triple executive rooms, housing a total of 63 guests in 30 rooms.

All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with full porcelain suite of flush toilet, bidet, and hand basin with shower, hot and cold running water, bath consumables, and bottled drinking water with glasses. The rooms contain beds with mosquito nets, bedside tables, wardrobe, dressing table, and chair and luggage rack.

There is air-conditioning, satellite television, fridge, phone to reception, charging power point, and safe. Safari chairs and low coffee tables on concrete tiled balconies overlook the lake or the gardens. The deluxe suites have a separate lounge area, a Jacuzzi on a wooden deck, an en-suite bath and bathrobes, hair-dryer, and tea and coffee-making equipment.

Children are welcome, but there is no babysitting service. Wedding and conference facilities are on offer, which can be combined with a cultural and historic and cultural tour of Kigoma. Wi-Fi is available. There is a standby generator at night. There is also a public reception and lounge area, a restaurant, two conference rooms, gym, sports facilities (tennis courts and table tennis tables), and a swimming pool.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Program

Day 1: Dar es Salaam to Gombe Stream National Park

Early in the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Dar es Salaam and be driven to the airport for your scheduled flight to Kigoma. Upon arrival, you will be taken to Ujiji Village, where you will visit Doctor Livingstone Memorial Center, and you will proceed to Kibirizi Port for your boat ride to Gombe Stream National Park. You will be picked up and driven to the rest house for a hot lunch and then out for an evening chimpanzee trek in the forest.

Gombe Stream’s main attraction is obviously the chimpanzee families that live protected in the park’s boundaries. Apart from chimpanzee viewing, many other species of primates live in Gombe Stream’s tropical forests, including colobus monkey, baboon, forest pig, dik dik, and various tropical birds which inhabit the dense forest. Dinner and your overnight stay will be at the Tanapa Rest House.

Driving time could be up to 7.5 hours.

Day 2: Gombe Stream National Park

After an early breakfast, you will take off for an amazing morning chimpanzee tracking in the forest. You will also visit Kakombe Waterfalls, which is one of the best attractions in the park. If time allows, you can climb Jane’s Peak, where you will have a chance to enjoy the view of the park. Meals and your overnight stay will be at Gombe Rest House.

Driving time could be up to 7.5 hours.

Day 3: Kigoma

After breakfast, you will take off for chimpanzee trekking in different valleys, do walking in the forest, and visit Mkenge Water Wall. In the afternoon, you will return to the lodge for lunch, pack your stuff, and transfer back to Kigoma Town in the evening. Dinner and your overnight stay will be at the Lake Tanganyika Kigoma Hill Top Hotel.

Driving time could be up to 7.5 hours.

Day 4: Kigoma to Dar es Salaam

After an early morning breakfast, you will be picked up and travel back to the airport for your flight back to Dar es Salaam. This is where your safari will end.

Included excursions

The price includes an excursion to Doctor Livingstone Memorial Center, a boat ride to Gombe Stream National Park, a visit to Kakombe Waterfalls, and a visit to Mkenge Water Wall.

Location

This chimpanzee tracking safari will be held at Gombe Stream National Park in Kigoma, Tanzania. This park is known for its chimpanzee population. The chimpanzees, which are habituated to human visitors, were made famous by the pioneering work of Jane Goodall, who founded a behavioral research program in 1960. This research now stands as the longest-running study of its kind in the world.

Food

During the safari, you will be served daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner as specified in the itinerary.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

If time permits, you can climb Jane’s Peak where you will have a chance to enjoy the view of the whole park.

What's included

  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Visit to Doctor Livingstone Memorial Center
  • Boat ride to Gombe Stream National Park
  • Visit to Kakombe Waterfalls
  • Visit to Mkenge Water Wall
  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • 1 chimpanzee permit per person (for non-residents)
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Services of a professional driver and guide
  • All transports
  • All flights during the tour
  • All taxes or VAT
  • Transfers from and to Kigoma Airport (TKQ)
  • Bed linen
  • Bath towels
  • Camping equipment

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline per person is 10 USD per day)
  • Personal items
  • Souvenirs
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Government imposed increase of taxes or park fees
  • Extra meals
  • Drinks

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kigoma Airport (TKQ). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Selous Ngalawa Camp will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Kigoma Airport Airport transfer included: Kigoma Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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