Gombe Forest Lodge
In the lush shade of ancient forest trees just off the shores of Lake Tanganyika, lies the small yet intimate Gombe Forest Lodge. It may be the smallest of our lodges but offers complete privacy by catering for just 14 guests at a time.
Gombe Forest Lodge is the only lodge in this national park. Gombe Stream National Park is a thin strip of ancient montane forest bordering the second deepest lake in the world, Lake Tanganyika. This park was made world-famous for the primate studies conducted by pioneering British researcher Jane Goodall.
Prepare yourself for a truly remarkable experience of chimpanzees and nature in one of the most remote and untouched parks in Tanzania.
GPS: 4°38'16.24"S ; 29°37'52.23"E, Mbali Mbali Lodges and Camps, Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania
Set on wooden platforms beneath mango groves on the lakeshore, the seven elegantly furnished luxury tents of Gombe Forest Lodge were designed to have every comfort while minimizing disturbance and impact on the stunning environment. Fill your day with hiking through the trails, observe chimpanzees and birds, or explore the lake with a kayak. Enjoy sundowners around a campfire on the beach to unwind from the day’s adventures.
The lodge houses seven safari rooms named after the chimpanzees who are familiar to the researchers from the Jane Goodall Institute. Each tent has an ensuite bathroom and furnished private balcony.
- 1 King or 2 Twin Beds
- Private balcony with chair and coffee table
- Writing Desk with chair
- Luggage Rack
- Hair dryer
- Ensuite bathroom
- Four poster bed with mosquito nets
- Gilchrist & Soames bathroom amenities
- 24-Hour Inverter Electricity
- Power point for charging of electrical equipment (220V)
- Laundry services included
- Turn down service
Tracking the chimps of Gombe is a magical experience. The guide's eyes pick out last night's nests - shadowy clumps high in a gallery of trees crowding the sky. Scraps of half-eaten fruit and fresh dung become valuable clues, leading deeper into the forest.
Whilst you spend the morning chimpanzee trekking, afternoons are determined only by how energetic you feel. Swimming in the crystal clear waters of the lake, snorkeling or simply relaxing on the beach. There are two spectacular waterfalls in the area, Kakombe, an easy half hour walk and Mkenke, a little further for the more adventurous.
- Chimpanzee Trekking
- Bird Watching
- Forest Walk
- Boat Safari
- Small Library
- Fishing Excursions
- Private Beach
Located in one of Tanzania’s smallest National Parks, Gombe Stream National Park is a thin strip of ancient forest mountain bordering Lake Tanganyika. This park was made world-famous for the primate studies conducted by pioneering British researcher Jane Goodall.
Set on wooden platforms beneath mango groves on the lakeshore, the seven elegantly furnished luxury tents of Gombe Forest Lodge were designed to have every comfort while minimizing disturbance and impact on the stunning environment.
Chimpanzee trekking is conducted in the mornings, with afternoon hikes for the especially adventurous. Relax for the rest of the day or hike towards the spectacular waterfalls of Kakombe, an easy thirty-minute walk, or the slightly further Mkenke.
Other attractions include the boisterous olive baboons as well as the vervet, blue and red-tail monkeys. Bushbuck can be found in the forest, while fish eagles and palm-nut vultures are often seen flying overhead.
The cozy dining area, just a couple of steps off the beach, is built on a wooden platform with an extended outside deck shaded by the forest. A small library, with a selection of books and novels, is also available.
Gombe Stream National Park
One of Tanzania’s smallest National Parks, Gombe Stream is a thin strip of ancient forest straddling the steep slopes and river valleys that hem in the sandy northern shore of Lake Tanganyika, about 16 kilometers from Kigoma town.
The chimpanzees are the main attraction at Gombe Stream. These remarkable mammals, habituated to human visitors, were made famous by the pioneering work of Jane Goodall, who in 1960 founded a research program that now stands as the longest running study of its kind in the world.
The majority of wildlife to be found at Gombe Stream is primates. In addition to the famous chimpanzees, you may see olive baboons, these have also been researched since the 1960s and are exceptionally habituated to humans. You may also spot the red-tailed and red colobus monkeys; the latter is regularly hunted by chimps and so they stick to the forest canopy.
Leopard and bushbuck are also residents in the dense forest, along with fish eagles and palm-nut vultures, which are often seen flying overhead.
Gombe Stream is the perfect place for a walking safari, allowing you to cool off along the way with a dip in one of the many streams that criss-cross the park.