BEST TIME TO VISIT GOMBE FOR A WESTERN TANZANIA SAFARI
Since there is only one proper tourist focused primate accommodation with only 7 tented rooms (maximum 14 guests) i.e. Mbali Mbali Gombe Lodge, it generally tend to be booked up months and even a year in advance in the peak season, especially for parties of more than two AfricanMecca guests. There is never any problem with crowding at Gombe as there are rarely more than 15-25 tourist visitors at a time in the entire 52 square kilometers of the park.
Out of season visits do not offer much financial advantage. Travel is extremely expensive and logistical costs increase as access becomes more difficult. The Gombe park fee stays the same throughout the year and is almost double the cost of other parks in Tanzania such as Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Manyara etc.
Chimpanzee viewing is the main reason for a safari trip to Gombe. The chimp communities are reasonably accessible on two to five hour treks through the tropical forest. But the primate groups are far ranging and may not always be found, particularly in the wet season when they move higher up the mountains in search of food.
In the dry season from June to September, there is very little rain or none at all, with plenty of sunshine, although later in the year a fine haze can impede viewing conditions. There are few mosquitoes about, especially during the day. Chimps generally stay on the lower slopes during the dry period and are easier to find. Sometimes they can even be seen close to the camps or wandering along the sandy shore. In intermediate periods, conditions are widely variable but generally tolerable and well worthwhile because of other incentives.
Between December to March is bird watching time, with hundreds of migratory and resident species, such as pelicans, storks, ospreys, vultures, rollers, barbets, cuckoos, hawks, eagles, owls, cormorants and many more in full breeding plumage. Many of them are forest species, require more time in Gombe to spot, but most rewarding.
Unusual forest floor foragers include trumpeter hornbills whose raucous calls resemble party blowers, crested guinea fowl with bizarre curly black topknots like a Beatles haircut, and francolins with yellow or chestnut throats. In coastal palm trees, the palm nut vulture waits to scavenge from the shore, while brightly colored weavers, kingfishers, bee-eaters and the pretty Livingstone’s turaco with its white-limned red eyes, red beak and Mohawk crest, perch amongst miombo foliage.
It can be very hot with enervating high humidity. You may need anti-malaria prophylactics and spray protection against the mosquitoes and other insects. But 250 bright butterflies of all shapes and sizes flutter through the verdant forest fringes, making this particular distinctive and utopic Tanzanian vacation, a photographer’s Shangri-La (read more on where to stay in Gombe).
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WHERE TO STAY IN GOMBE
There is only one proper tourist focused Gombe lodging with only seven tented rooms i.e. Mbali Mbali Gombe Lodge. It generally tends to be booked up months and even a year in advance in the peak season.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN GOMBE
Although best known as a superb wilderness for a chimpanzee safari, Gombe Park is a photographer's delight for its birds and butterflies, its magnificent scenery and its unspoiled lakes beaches.
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GUIDE ON GOMBE PARK
Pioneered by the works of Dr. Jane Goodall, Gombe is a dream chimpanzee wilderness where it is possible to take guided treks to watch wild chimps both at play and interacting socially.
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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
EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR GOMBE IN WESTERN TANZANIA
When visiting Gombe Stream National Park by Lake Tanganyika, we recommend combining it with your Northern Tanzania safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti (wildebeest migration). End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.
You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Nyerere (Selous), Ruaha or Katavi.
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