Gombe Chimpanzee Safari, Tanzania • Freedom Destinations
Chimpanzee in tree
Mbali Gombe tent
Chimpanzee, Gombe
Beach in Gombe National Park
Mbali Gombe interior
Mbali gombe beach
Mbali Gombe trek
Chimps grooming
Mbali Gombe fire

Chimps of Gombe

4 day Safari - from £4059

One of only a few places in Africa that offers trekking to see chimpanzees, this fly-in safari to Gombe National Park is a unique addition to any Tanzanian holiday.


  • Intimate tented camp
  • Chimpanzee treks
  • Swim or kayak in the lake
  • Time to relax on lakeside beach

You can include this safari in a longer Tanzania holiday.

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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Arusha to Gombe National Park

This morning transfer from your Arusha hotel to the airport for a light aircraft flight to Kigoma. Drive to the Hilltop Hotel and board your characterful dhow for a scenic 1.5 hour cruise on the lake, passing jungle clad mountains on the shore as you head to your lodge. After a warm welcome by the staff, lunch will be served before an afternoon chimpanzee trek or forest walk.

Gombe National Park encompasses a strip of ancient montane forest bordering Lake Tanganyika and was made world-famous by primatologist Jane Goodall for her pioneering studies into chimpanzee behaviour. Mbali Mbali Gombe is the only lodge in the park and has just seven tented suites ensuring an intimate experience.

Hotel: Mbali Mbali Gombe
Meals: Lunch and dinner

Day 2 - Gombe National Park

This morning head into the forest for another chance to see chimpanzees. Free to roam wherever they please, these fascinating creatures are habituated to people, so it is possible to view them close up. Watch in amazement as they go about their daily lives of foraging, grooming and playing. Other primates found in the region include olive baboons and red-tail monkeys, whilst overhead keep an eye out for Fish Eagles and Palm-nut Vultures.

Return back to the lodge for lunch with the afternoon free to relax and enjoy this wonderful and serene environment. The sandy lakeside beach is the ideal place to relax or perhaps you would like to take a swim, snorkel or kayak in the crystal-clear waters of the lake. If you are still feeling active, Kakombe waterfall can be hiked to in around 30 minutes.

Hotel: Mbali Mbali Gombe
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - Gombe National Park to Kigoma

After breakfast, enjoy the lake scenery on a dhow cruise back to Kigoma and transfer to Kigoma Hilltop Hotel. Later, visit the Livingstone Memorial at Ujiji, the site where Stanley uttered the immortal words ‘Dr Livingstone, I presume?’ on their meeting in 1871. Back at the hotel, enjoy the picturesque views over Lake Tanganyika, before dinner and overnight.

Hotel: Kigoma Hilltop Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Kigoma to Arusha

Today, transfer to the airport for the early afternoon flight back to Arusha.

Meals: Breakfast and picnic lunch

4 day Safari - from £4059


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Prices are per person based on 2 sharing and include en suite accommodation. International flights not included. Entrance fees on Livingstone tour payable locally (approx $20pp). Luggage allowance of 15kg including hand luggage in soft sided bags.


Your Safari Experience

Discover amazing wildlife and sample the local culture on a real African adventure.

Your safari includes:

  • Return scenic flights to Kigoma
  • Top quality lodge
  • Most meals
  • Selected drinks
  • Airstrip transfers
  • Boat transfer
  • Chimpanzee treks
  • Park fees

Departure dates:

Departs Mondays. Lodge closed 1 March to 31 May.

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