Kigoma is connected to Dar and Arusha by scheduled flights, to Dar and Mwanza by a slow rail service, to Mwanza, Dar and Mbeya by a slow rail service, to Mpulungu in Zambia by a weekly ferry. From Kigoma, local lake-taxis take up to three hours to reach Gombe, or motorboats can be chartered, taking less than one hour.
Chimpanzee trekking, hiking, swimming/snorkelling, visit the site of Henry Stanley’s famous ‘Dr Livingstone I presume’ at Ujiji near Kigoma, and watch the renowned show builders at work.
The chimps don’t roam as far in the wet season (February-June, November-mid December) so may be easier to find, better picture opportunities in the dry (July-October and late December).
A safari around the Other Tanzania Circuit follows a popular safari route.