How to get to Gombe National Park

Gombe National Park is not among the easiest or even cheapest wildlife destinations to visit. The only possible way to arrive in the park is using a boat from the town of Kigoma. Basing on your itinerary, visitors might reserve their international flight into Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) situated in Arusha town or into Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) found in the capital city of Dar es Salaam. Usually, your tour operator will receive you at the airport and then make all ongoing arrangements, as well as the charter flight into the park as per your arrangements, if not, you may take a taxi. Also your tour operator will reserve your domestic flight into Kigoma Airport (TKQ) and also arrange for a private motorboat directly to Gombe National Park. This boat ride will not take more than an hour to get you into Gombe Park.

Airlines and ticket prices

You may check Skyscanner or, for those interested in flights to multiple destination you can check Expedia to find out which airlines is available to transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) or to the Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam and how much the tickets cost.

 

Domestic flights to Gombe National Park

Normally these charter flights are reserved by your safari / tour operator all as part of your safari package. You may make reservations for your Domestic flights with any of the domestic carrier such as: Air Tanzania, Precision Air, Regional Air, ZanAir, Safari Air Link, or Coastal Aviation

Passport, visa and other entry requirements

Information about the Passport, visa plus other requirements at the point of entry can be acquired directly through your tour operator

This is an impressive destination is suitable for those taking a day’s tour and can easily be incorporated into an itinerary to other parks in Tanzania. The landscape of the park is mainly dominated by huge baobab and many dried up river beds. During the dry season in the months of August, September and October, the park supports the biggest number of wildlife in the whole of Tanzania, with several wild animals such as the giraffes, wildebeests, impalas plus zebras among others, together with a great profusion of birds. In addition, this park offers thrilling trekking safaris that are all worth enjoying. There are a number of nice tented camps, and lodges that offer accommodation.

A thrilled whoop erupts from the depths of the forest, immediately enhanced by a numerous other voices, mounting in volume, pitch and tempo to a hysterical shrieking loudening. It is the prominent ‘pant-hoot’ call- a bonding rite that enables all the participants to clearly identify their presence to each other in their unique individual vocal calls. For a human listener, strolling through these very old forests of Gombe Stream, this petrifying outburst is as well an indicator of looming visual contact with the chimpanzees’ man’s closest genetically related mammal.

Things to do while in Gombe National Park
Chimpanzee trekking, snorkeling, hiking as well as swimming;
you can also visit Henry Stanley’s site renowned for  “Dr Livingstone I assume” found at Ujiji close to Kigoma, to watch the famous dhow builders working .

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