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GOMBE NATIONAL PARK
CHIMPANZEE TRACKING

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Overview

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 untouched parks in Tanzania. Clients are advised to be in Tanzania on a Wednesday so that they can catch the weekly Thursday morning chartered flight to Kigoma.

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Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrival in Tanzania

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) by an Ahsante Tours representative and transferred to your hotel in Arusha where you will be spending the night.

Meals

Dinner Included

Accommodation

Accommodation is at the Gran Melia Arusha (or alternative) on Full Board basis. 

*For those on a lower budget, you can request for alternative accommodation at a lower price or no accommodation as part of the package.

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DAY 2

Transfer to Mbali Mbali Gombe

THURSDAY - Morning Shared Charter Flight from Arusha Airport to Kigoma Airport. Airport transfer from Kigoma Airport to Kigoma Hilltop Hotel. Dhow boat transfer (approx. 1.5 hours) to the lodge. Staff welcome and introductions followed by lunch. Afternoon/early evening chimpanzee trekking or forest walks (if time allows). Evening sundowners, dinner, and overnight at the lodge.

 

*Shared Charter Flights operate on Mondays and Thursdays only. 

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Accommodation

DAY 3

Chimpanzee Tracking

FRIDAY - After breakfast, depart for morning chimpanzee trekking. Return to the lodge for hot lunch. Afternoon at leisure perhaps to kayak. Evening sundowners, dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Accommodation

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DAY 4

Chimpanzee Tracking

SATURDAY - After breakfast, depart for morning chimpanzee trekking. Return to the lodge for hot lunch. Afternoon at leisure perhaps to kayak. Evening sundowners, dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Accommodation

DAY 5

Chimpanzee Tracking

SUNDAY - After breakfast, depart for morning chimpanzee trekking. Return to the lodge for hot lunch. Afternoon at leisure perhaps to kayak. Evening sundowners, dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Accommodation

Optional Activities

  • Boat Safari in Gombe @ $25 per person. Boat Safaris in Gombe are 25 USD per person. Visit a neighboring fishing village, Mwamgongo, for a cultural tour. Stop at the village with our guide to understand fishing activities, palm oil extractions, embroidery, boat making, and visit the chief’s palace. Experience also the traditional Ha Dance. This village is 3km away from Mbali Mbali Gombe.

  • Fishing Excursions in Gombe are 85 USD per person for 2 hours.

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DAY 6

Depart Gombe - Transfer to Arusha

MONDAY - After breakfast, morning dhow boat transfer (approx. 1.5 hours) to Kigoma. Airport transfer to Kigoma Airport. Depart with Shared Charter Flight to Arusha Airport with packed lunch. 

 

*Shared Charter Flights operate on Mondays and Thursdays only. 

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Accommodation

Accommodation is at the Gran Melia Arusha (or alternative) on Full Board basis.

*For those on a lower budget, you can request for alternative accommodation at a lower price or no accommodation as part of the package.

DAY 7

Depart Tanzania

The day is left free to wind down after your chimpanzee tracking adventure before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Arusha City and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport.


*We also welcome you spare an hour of your day to plant a tree, as part of our environmental conservation efforts in the Kilimanjaro region.


*Safari and Zanzibar add-ons are available if you wish to continue exploring Tanzania

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch Included

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PRICING

*Pricing is in USD per person sharing 

*Single Supplement can be requested at a separate cost

Non Residents

$5,399

Tanzanian Residents

$3,599

Tanzanian Citizens

$2,999

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Includes & Excludes

Includes

  • 2-way Kilimanjaro International Airport transfers

  • Full Board Accommodation in Arusha

  • Full Board Accommodation and Meals as specified in the itinerary. Packed lunch on day of departure

  • Shared Charter Flights (Arusha - Kigoma - Arusha). Luggage allowance of 15kgs per person. Minimum 4 seats all year round.

  • Selection of house beverages, soft drinks and water (except Kigoma Hilltop Hotel & accommodation in Arusha)

  • Daily TANAPA Conservation, Concession and Guide fees for park entrance

  • Guiding with English Speaking Driver/Guide.

  • 1 x Chimpanzee Trek per day

  • Birding and forest walks

  • All Government taxes and levies; VAT and TDL

  • All transfers as indicated

  • Laundry services

Excludes

  • All items of personal nature

  • Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, camp staff and guides

  • Medical Insurance and Evacuation

  • Flying doctors coverage: Optional @ USD 50 dollars per person. Covers guest within East Africa for a period of 14 days. In the event of a medical emergency, guest will be airlifted to a hospital in Nairobi. All hospital charges with be payable by the guest. Request more information on coverage.

  • Boat Safari in Gombe @ $25 per person

  • Fishing Excursion in Gombe @ $85 per person