Getting to Gombe National Park; Gombe National Park once called Gombe streams national park which can easily be accessed by boat from Kigoma town but depending on your itinerary you can decide to book your international flight to Julius Nyerere International Airport with code ‘’DAR’’ in Dar es Salaam. You can do all the ongoing domestic flight bookings to Kigoma Airport by the help of the tour operator and after landing get charter private motorboat to Gombe. The boat trip will only take less than an hour to reach the main destination.
You can either hire a speedboat which covers about two hours or by taking a local ‘’lake taxi’’ which takes about four hours to Gombe. The best way to book your accommodation at Mbali Mbali Gombe Lodge from here transport becomes easy.
It is very possible to take a public motor boat from Kigoma to the park which last about four hours.
Domestic flight; If you’re to travel by a domestic flight you need to book a charter flight by trust worthy tour operator which can be done in advance as part of the tour package. Domestic flights to Kigoma can be booked with Air Tanzania, Precision Air, Regional Air, Zan Air, Safari Air Link.
Requirements; Travelers outside the country you are required to carry your personal documents such as Valid passport and Visa.
Gombe National Park: Is quite a remarkable safari destination suitable for those taking a day tour and combine it with other national parks in Tanzania. Gombe’s landscape is mainly dominated by huge baobab and many dried up river beds. When it comes to dry season of the months of August, September and October the park supports with large number of wildlife species and best time to visit the park and a great location for birding. This park also boosts with a lot of thrilling activities that are all worth enjoying and there are a number of comfortable tented camps and lodges that offer night stays at the park such as Mbali Mbali Gombe Lodge, Kigoma Hilltop Hotel, Leaders Lodge, Mahale Classic Lodge, Green view Hotel, Janda Lodge among others.
The park offers a lot of stunning activities to do by the visitors such as Chimpanzee trekking, snorkeling, birding, hiking, swimming, Game viewing among others.
Game viewing; At Gombe you can be able to explore diverse of animal’s species such as leopards, impalas, hippos among others.
Chimpanzee trekking. All in all, Gombe is a main stopping destination for chimpanzee trekking and other primates like olive baboons, red tailed, blue monkeys among others. this activity can be done on nature walk at the park where you will be able to enjoy the true lifestyle of chimpanzees on how the swing on tree branches, groom their younger ones many more.
Nature walk; You can do Kakombe trail and, Mkenke valley and explore the stunning waterfalls and green vegetation.
Birding; Gombe is a home to more than 200 bird species which can be spotted during your visit to the park most especially in months of April to May and November to October. Birds to encounter include; African fish eagle, Kenya rufous sparrow, Livingston’s turaco, palm-nut vulture, African fish eagle, Livingstone’s turaco, Peter’s twin spot, Double-toothed barbet, Black saw-wing, Red-chested cuckoo, Crowned eagle, African broadbill, Yellow –rumped tinker bird among others.
Gombe is also a good destination to encounter lots of reptiles and amphibians,
However, Gombe National park is renowned as primate’s safari destination that is positioned in western Kigoma region which was created in 1968 to protect wildlife species. The park is one of the smallest game park in Tanzania sited on land measuring around 35 square kilometers along the hills of eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika. The park is under the management of Tanzania National Park Authority a government body responsible for all the national park in Tanzania.