Gombe Forest Lodge
The smallest of Tanzania’s National Parks, Gombe Stream is a thin strip of ancient forest straddling the steep slopes and river valleys that hem the sandy shore of Lake Tanganyika. About 25 km from the town of Kigoma, Gombe Forest Lodge is accessed by a boat ride along the lake nestled in lush, ancient forest trees.
The chimpanzees are the main attraction at Gombe Stream. These remarkable mammals—habituated to human visitors—were made famous by the pionerring work of Jane Goodall. In addition to the chimps, you may also see olive baboons, white-tailed and red colobus monkeys, leopard, bushbuck, African fish eagles, Palm-nut vultures, and more.
Gombe Stream is the perfect place for a walking safari, and tracking the chimps is a daily morning activity.
Whilst you spend the morning trekking for chimps, afternoons are determined 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.
With a max of 14 guests, the camp remains intimate and in tune with nature. The cozy dining area, just a couple steps off the beach, is built on a wooden platform with an extended outside deck shaded by the forest.
The spacious safari tents rest on timber platforms amgonst the canopy of giant mango trees and forest. The tents are simple yet comfortable, featuring a four-poster bed with mosquito netting, a writing desk and chair, outdoor verandah with chairs and a coffee table, and en-suite bathroom facilities with hot and cold running water.
After a long day, sundowners are served around the fire as the small wooden fishing boats light up the lake like an extension of the stars in the night sky.
- Dining area off the beach
- Private balconies