Chimps of Gombe

4 day Safari - from £3215

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


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

Day 1 - Fly Arusha to Kigoma

This morning transfer from your Arusha hotel to the airport for a light aircraft flight to Kigoma where on arrival you will be transferred to the Hilltop Hotel. After lunch,  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 hotel’s picturesque views over Lake Tanganyika, before dinner and overnight.

Hotel: Kigoma Hilltop Hotel
Meals: Lunch and dinner

Day 2 - Gombe National Park

After breakfast, enjoy a 1.5 hour boat ride on the lake passing jungle clad mountains on the shore as you head to your lodge. 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. After lunch, head out in a small group with your guide on your first chimpanzee trek.

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

Day 3 - 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, the impressive Kakombe waterfall can be hiked to in around 30 minutes.

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

Day 4 - Kigoma to Arusha

Today, take a boat transfer to Kigoma where lunch will be taken at the Hilltop Hotel, before transferring to the airport for the early afternoon flight back to Arusha.

Meals: Breakfast & lunch

4 day Safari - from £3215


  • 5 day Chimps of Gombe Safari with an extra night and chimp trek from £4095
  • Add a Zanzibar beach stay from £38

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Prices are per person based on 2 sharing and include en suite accommodation. International flights not included. 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:

4 day safari departs Mondays, 5 day safari departs  Thursdays. Lodge closed 1 March to 31 May.

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