GUIDE ON GOMBE BANDAS IN TANZANIA
Gombe Bandas is a government owned, self-catering low-budget rest house accommodation in Gombe Stream National Park, suitable for backpackers and other highly motivated, non-frill adventurers on a primate vacation in Tanzania who do not mind making all their own arrangements from hostel rooming pre-booking, food catering, transport including boat, road and air travel, park fees, insurance for a hostel environment that does have any support structure during emergencies etc. bringing in pressure and uncertainty of travels in this remote part of Africa. Gombe Stream National Park is the smallest in Tanzania, a vulnerable strip of mountainous rainforest on the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika, famed as a focus for chimpanzee tours in Africa. Chimpanzees are members of the Hominid family, along with mankind, from whom they diverged between four and six million years ago. Much research has been done into similarities between man and his nearest relative, right here in Gombe, by Dame Jane Goodall, world renowned for her work on chimpanzee social behavior and tool making which has spanned more than half a century. Apart from the chimpanzees, the area owes its attraction to its waterfalls, the beauty of Lake Tanganyika’s sandy coastline, fringed with palms and sailed by flotillas of traditional dhows sardine fishing in this 12 million year old deepest of African inland seas. A trip to Gombe overland takes days, or a 3-5 hour chartered AfricanMecca flight from Arusha or Dar Es Salaam followed by a speed boat journey of up to 2 hours or longer on a lake ferry or water taxi. A night in Kigoma is required on arrival or departure depending on your flight times.
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GOMBE BANDAS ACCOMMODATION
In the TANAPA owned Gombe Bandas, there are 8 very basic small rooms with a single or twin bed, bedside table, and there are common sitting and dining areas as well as shared toilets and showers.
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SAFARI & TOUR AT GOMBE BANDAS
The main attraction of an African primate tour in Gombe Stream is a morning chimpanzee activity trek on a look out for the Kasekela community, one of three chimpanzee communities in the park.
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DINING AT GOMBE BANDAS
Food at Gombe Bandas can be a problem for inexperienced trekkers on their chimpanzee primate tour in Tanzania. The canteen serves local food e.g. vegetable relishes served with nsima, cassava etc.
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If you want a safari company with whom you’ll feel truly cared for, then you won’t do better than AfricanMecca Safaris. Visiting Gombe had been a dream since I was a kid and watched the National Geographic with Jane Goodall.
Dr Leigh Harwood - Virginia, United States
I recently returned from a trip to Tanzania with a party of eleven people (Canisius College school group) visiting remote Chimpanzee and Wildlife in Gombe, Mahale, Selous. I am pleased to report that I was entirely satisfied in every respect.
Dr. Michael Noonan - Professor At Canisius College - New York, United States
We have just recently returned from our trip to Tanzania. The ladies in our party are fans of Jane Goodall so Gombe was on the list, we couldn't imagine a trip there. Our thanks to the AfricanMecca team and Raza for a most exceptional trip!
Warren & Sharon Hanselman - California, United States
I booked my safari holiday through AfricanMecca. They were the most helpful company I have ever dealt with and I work within the travel industry. I had the most amazing time. The holiday went as clockwork with no hitches anywhere.
Shelley Roberts - Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
Dear Raza, Just to let you know we had a great adventure at Gombe Stream National Park. All went well. Saw chimps every day and lots of them on first and last day. Service and food at the camp was excellent. I would highly recommend this trip.
Ron Deutch - US Embassy - Bujumbura, Burundi
We saw more than 20 chimpanzees including chimps I've read about -- Freud, Faustino, Wilkie... so amazing. We had an absolutely amazing trip in Arusha, Serengeti and Gombe - everything went smooth as silk. Thank you so much Raza
Tiffany Heitz & Lesley Smith - California, United States
We have enjoyed nature in other places in the world, however nothing compares to the excitement of trekking chimpanzees in the hills of Gombe National Park. We sincerely thank AfricanMecca and Raza Visram for their personalized service.
Dr. Gabriel Trueba - Universidad San Francisco de Quito - Ecuador
SAFARI TRIP IDEA FOR GOMBE BANDAS IN GOMBE TANZANIA
When staying at Gombe Bandas by Lake Tanganyika, we recommend combining your safari with a visit to Katavi, Serengeti and Selous. You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas in Northern and Southern Tanzania ending with a beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour in the exotic spice island of Zanzibar.READ MORE
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