Gombe Stream National Park
Closed 1 March to 31 May
Nestled amongst the trees’ on the shores of Lake Tanganyika lies Gombe Lodge. As one of the smallest national parks in Tanzania it’s just 52 square kilometres in size and is known for lush valleys and swift streams. The park came to the worlds attention with Dr. Jane Goodall in the 1960’s and boasts one of the longest running research centers.
The environment is somewhat similar to that of Mahale National Park with a good mix of diverse landscapes that makes this ideal habitat for Chimpanzees’. The population is around 150 individuals and besides the treks to spend time with them guests can also see Red Tailed Monkeys and Olive Baboons.
The main guest area at the lodge is a warm and welcoming space with seating to relax and a dining room and bar. The area around the camp has over 200 bird species making it a paradise for those who love bird watching and being able to see some very rare species. The camp itself is well laid out and a beautiful place to be. Hikes into the forest, kayaking the coastline of the lake or simply relaxing on the lake shores make this a great place to unwind.
Children of all ages are welcome at the lodge. The minimum age for Chimpanzee treks is 12. Guides at the lodge are very professional and incredibly knowledgeable about the area and a forest walk is definitely a highlight with them.
There are 7 forest tents at Gombe Lodge and all can be made up as doubles or twins.Each has been built onto a raised platform and are spacious and comfortable with beds draped in mosquito nets and en-suite bathrooms.
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Combine this with Mahale Lodge, Lemala Ngorongoro, Kalindi Zanzibar or Oliver’s Camp. You could also head off to Tarangire River Camp.
Read more on the Jane Goodall Gombe Stream Research Center.