Gombe Forest Lodge

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Overview

With exclusive tented accommodation for just 14 guests, this authentic safari camp is set on the northern shore of Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park, which renowned for its dense chimpanzee population. Walking safaris to track active chimp families through this ancient emerald forest puts guests looking for a truly unique wildlife experience in close contact with our nearest living genetic relatives.

But chimps are not the only primates in Gombe: look out for olive baboons, and energetic vervet, red-tailed and red colobus monkeys while bush pigs, hippos and leopards can also be spotted in the park. Because the camp is set on Tanganyika – the world’s second-largest and deepest freshwater lake – you can also snorkel, fish and kayak. Over 200 bird species make this a twitcher’s paradise.

Suitable for fitter travellers who want an off-beat safari experience and enjoy hiking, Gombe Forest Lodge is still packed with mod cons, like Internet access, power points and fully-equipped en suite bathrooms.

Highlights

  • Intriguing chimp trekking
  • Excellent water sports & birding
  • Lakeshore dining with lake & mountain views
  • Visit Kigomo fishing village
  • Hike to Mkenke & Kakombe waterfalls
  • Internet access & power points

Activities

  • Chimp tracking
  • Snorkelling
  • Bird watching
This small & cozy lodge offers a very unique experience getting you close to the chimpanzees in their natural habitat. Views over Lake Tanganyika and the Congo Mountains provide the perfect evening vista.
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Rooms

Forest Tent Twin

Accommodation consists of comfortable and spacious Tarzan-style walk-in tents on timber platforms elevated from the forest floor and under the shade of huge mango trees. With a distinctly African style, each room has a private deck with locally-crafted furniture that includes a coffee table and chairs overlooking the captivating forest terrain. Rooms are equipped with double or twin 4-poster, netted beds and power points for charging electrical equipment while en suite bathrooms have flush toilets and hot showers.

Facilities

Gombe Forest Lodge has a combined lounge and dining area built above the forest floor that offers spectacular views of the dhow-dotted lake and jungle-covered mountains. Relax on sun loungers on the lake’s white-sand shore with a favourite from the lodge library. Snorkeling equipment is available for those keen to explore dazzling array of life below the water’s surface. Or you can enjoy serene walks to two tumbling waterfalls – Mkenke and Kakombe - within the park’s borders and cultural tours to the fishing village of Kigomo.

The camp’s facilities are suitable for children 12 years or older but those under 15 are not permitted on walking safaris.

Dining

The camp’s dining area is built on a wooden platform with an extended outside deck shaded by the forest and just a couple of steps from the shore. Breakfast includes cereals and fruit as well as a la carte 'full English' options. Late-morning snacks are packed for walking safaris while lunches and dinners are 3-course, set-menu offerings comprising seafood, pastas, meat dishes and international cuisine. Romantic barbecues on the lakeside are an unforgettable way to watch the sunset and look for shooting stars.

General facilities

  • Restaurant
  • Library
  • Laundry service

Amenities

  • En-suite shower only
  • Mosquito net
  • Outdoor area

Rates

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DatesBoardPrice
2018-01-05 — 2018-02-28Game Package (Meals, Select Transfers/Activities) $665
2018-06-01 — 2018-10-31Game Package (Meals, Select Transfers/Activities) $775
2018-11-01 — 2018-12-20Game Package (Meals, Select Transfers/Activities) $665
2018-12-21 — 2018-12-31Game Package (Meals, Select Transfers/Activities) $775

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

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