A comfortable camp located in a prime position for tracking chimpanzees.
Gombe Forest Lodge is set on the shore of the Mitumba stream, by a white- sand beach with shady trees. Views over Lake Tanganyika and the Congo Mountains provide the perfect evening vista. Your safari begins at Kigoma Town with a boat journey, passing through fishing villages and scenic hills before reaching the park - a perfect extension to the classic Tanzanian wildlife safari.
Accommodation & Facilities
The spacious tents face Lake Tanganyika on raised wooden platforms and are adequately spaced to ensure privacy. Decorated in a distinct African style with locally produced furniture, Gombe Forest Lodge has the ambience of a truly authentic safari camp.
Each tent has a private viewing deck, equipped with safaris chairs and a table, enabling fantastic views of the Lake Tanganyika and the wildlife that flocks here.
The small thatched reception area accommodates a library, information centre, curio shop, bar and lounge. The kitchen and staff area is a short distance from the camp so as not to interfere with the sights and sounds of nature.
Breakfasts are American style, with an emphasis on tropical fruits and juices, while lunches and dinners are three-course affairs with food from around the world. The dining area is set on a raised wooden deck just a few metres from Lake Tanganyika.
Chimpanzee tracking is the main attraction at Gombe. Guides usually start at the area where the chimps nested the previous night and it can then take from half an hour to three hours to track them down. After a strenuous day of climbing, guests can relax and enjoy sun-downers on private decks or beside the campfire on the beach.
Other activities on offer include climbing to the two spectacular waterfalls found within the park, walking on the beach, swimming, fishing and snorkelling.
It is also possible to visit local fishing villages close to the park and get 1st hand experience of life in a typical African village; visit Kigoma Village, home to the 'Ha' tribe and famous for its dagaa fishing and palm oil, as well as being the place where an emissary was sent to trace the whereabouts of the great Dr. Livingstone.
Children over the age of 12 years are welcome.