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Mbali Gombe arrival
Mbali Gombe trek
Livingstone's Statue
Arusha Coffee Lodge Coffee Plantation

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.

Highlights:
  • Stay in a cozy and intimate tented camp, immersed in nature
  • Embark on thrilling chimpanzee treks for a close encounter
  • Unwind and soak up the tranquility on the lakeside beach
  • Enjoy the refreshing options of swimming or kayaking in the pristine lake waters

Your Itinerary

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If you would like to add a Zanzibar beach stay after your Tanzania safari just let us know.

Mbali Gombe arrival

Day 1 – Arusha to Gombe National Park

This morning transfer from your Arusha hotel to the airport for a light aircraft flight to…

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.

    Mbali Mbali Gombe

    Lunch and dinner
Mbali Gombe arrival
Mbali Gombe trek

Day 2 – Gombe National Park

This morning head into the forest for another chance to see chimpanzees. Free to roam wherever…

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.

    Mbali Mbali Gombe

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Mbali Gombe trek
Livingstone's Statue

Day 3 – Gombe National Park to Kigoma

After breakfast, enjoy the lake scenery on a dhow cruise back to Kigoma and transfer to…

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.

    Kigoma Hilltop Hotel

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Livingstone's Statue
Arusha Coffee Lodge Coffee Plantation

Day 4 – Kigoma to Arusha

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

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

    Breakfast and picnic lunch
Arusha Coffee Lodge Coffee Plantation

Your Itinerary

If you would like to add a Zanzibar beach stay after your Tanzania safari just let us know.

Day 1

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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.

    Mbali Mbali Gombe

    Lunch and dinner
Mbali Gombe arrival

Day 2

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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.

    Mbali Mbali Gombe

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Mbali Gombe trek

Day 3

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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.

    Kigoma Hilltop Hotel

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Livingstone's Statue

Day 4

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Kigoma to Arusha

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

    Breakfast and picnic lunch
Arusha Coffee Lodge Coffee Plantation

Meals & Inclusions

3 nights accommodation
3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
Travel by 4×4 vehicle
Return scenic flights to Kigoma
Game drives led by an expert guide
Boat transfer
Chimpanzee treks
National Park fees
Arrival and departure transfers

Flights & More

With FREEDOM, you can book your Chimps of Gombe safari and flights together, as an ATOL protected package. Our Travel Experts can find the best priced Economy, Premium or Business Class flights for you.

You can also personalise your holiday. Why not add:

  • A Zanzibar beach stay after your safari
  • A stopover in Dubai on your way home

Next Step

Please get in touch with our Africa Experts to start planning your holiday. You’ll have a single point of contact from your first enquiry through booking.

Chimps of Gombe

4 day Safari – from £4059

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room 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.

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