Tourism Activities in the Park
Gombe National Park is a place to capture lots of memorable experiences, ranging from getting a view of wildness, the clear waters of Lake Tanganyika to a view of dense tropical rainforest. Visitors can take trails for deep forest hike with great occasions of bird watching, butterfly gazing and sightseeing at Jane’s peak, mountain hiking to the waterfalls and large inhabitants of the shy. Social African great apes make Gombe National Park a popular destination for exciting moments of chimpanzees trekking. Furthermore the Lake offers an extensive area for sport fishing, snorkeling, kayaking and swimming.
The chimpanzees trekking is the core activity at Gombe National Park. These incredible mammals, habituated to human visitors, were made famous by the pioneering work of Dr. Jane Goodall, who in 1960 founded a research program now standing as the longest running study of its kind in the world.
While tourists being in Gombe National Park will be exposed to the opportunity of hiring a tourist boat and just move about in the Lake Tanganyika to view its tourist attractions and leisure. A boat cruise is an amazing experience of which one can choose a luxury boat or an ordinary speedboat, depending on your budget for it permits you to feel Lake Tanganyika’s breeze while enjoying a view of the Great Rift Valley slope.
Visitors will also experience short walks along the shores of Lake Tanganyika or to Waterfalls while being in Gombe National Park.
Being in the Bombe National Park, you will be exposed to magnificent views of the mountains of the rift escarpment falling westwards into Lake Tanganyika. The swelling terrain, valleys and the mosaic forest, woodland and grassland offers to visitors varied attractive landscape viewing and hiking.
Gombe National Park possesses butterflies the most colorful, striking and silent beauty. Butterflies of the forest are among smaller creatures in the Gombe forest. The estimated total butterfly found in Gombe National Park is about 400-500 species.
Gombe National Park is a hotspot for filming. A number of Tanzanian journalists and TV crews have been involved in chimpanzee and conservation in general. Moreover there are a lot of concerns over the years by international communities such as National Geographic and BBC on Gombe’s chimpanzees and the forest as well as the entire ecosystem.
Kayaking is one of the watersports interventions conducted in Gombe National Park. Small narrow boats which propelled by means of a double –bladed paddle are mostly used for kayaking events in the park. This intervention is done when the lake weather is calm. Four hours utilized for paddling out offers a great way to explore part of stunning Lake Tanganyika.
Gombe National Park offers sport fishing activity. This activity is done for preference as it is also known as a catch and release. Catching and releasing activity is done when the Lake weather is Calm. Crews are experienced at all movements of fishing. Well-equipped sports fishing boats and knowledgeable crews will ensure your entire enjoyment out on Lake Tanganyika water.
Snorkeling and diving
Gombe National Park has a unique tranquil beach. Water sport interventions such as snorkeling and diving will add values to visitors. Lake Tanganyika, world’s second deepest Lake offers a whole other world to explore under the water. Gombe is an extraordinary place for snorkeling and diving. Safeguarded by hills, the waters here are calm, clear and rich with colorful life that leaves a lasting feeling. This activity is executed for 3hours within the lake.
Cultural tourism at Mwamgongo village
Mwamgongo Village is situated adjacent to Gombe National Park. The village formed a women cultural group that visitors go there to experience authentic hospitality, learn about traditional dances, local art and craft. The cultural group owned by mentioned women produce pottery, fabrics, grass hats, mats and baskets. These things are produced by using traditional techniques and local materials.
Gombe National Park offers best accommodation services to high earned and budgeted tourists as it encompasses an array of places to stay. Accommodation services are ranging from rest house, public/special campsite and Banda’s. Private facilities like Kasekela luxury campsite and Gombe forest lodge are also available. You are welcome.