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Emma C wrote a review Aug 2022
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar9 contributions
Joshua at Gombe Safari arranged a trip for my daughter and myself to go trekking in Mahala Nationa Park. We had to postpone due to Covid and he reinstated the plan when we were able to go with miminum fuss. He gave us good advice in advance of the trip. Prepare for serious hikking with good shoes, insect repellant, and long sleeved shirts. The travel arrangements (plane from Arusha to Mahale and then boat to the park) were perfect. We stayed in the National Park bandas – simple, clean and comfortable – which will be even better from next year as they are building a reception/sitting/dining room. You can stay in more luxurious lodges (Greystoke, Mbali Mbali) but the advantage of the bandas is that your guide is the head range – Raymond Lusoma. He has the most incredible knowledge of chimp politics, behaviour and history and looks after visitors during the trekking with incredible care. The walking is tough, especially as the fruit is ripening late so the chimps are usually to be found high up the mountain which means walking several hours to reach them. But is is worth it when you do find them. NB you can't swim in the lake by the National Park bandas because of the crocodiles but if you have time, you can ask them to take you to a swimmable beach by boat. A wonderful trip.
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Date of experience: August 2022
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Frank V wrote a review Jan 2021
Karridale, Australia6 contributions
Go there! You will never forget your trekking with the Chimpanzees. (And you feel your legs :-)) An oases , visiting the lungs of mother earth.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Valentino O wrote a review Sep 2020
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania1 contribution
Gombe is great.you may choose valentino from zanzibar he id a grat guide for all safary and trecking
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Date of experience: November 2019
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hadija m wrote a review Aug 2020
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I and my husband planed a trip to Western Tanzania. Our trip to visit the chimps in Mahale was a last minute arrangement and Joshua and his team made it possible with the minimum of fuss and a maximum of efficiency. Everything worked like clockwork from the moment we were met off the plane to the moment we were dropped off at the airport after an unforgettable visit to Mahale. This was a trip we will never forget.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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MammaM wrote a review Jul 2020
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From the beginning our bookings were chaotic, with mistakes in our itinerary and on the air ticket. When we arrived, only one car came for six people owing to an apparent breakdown, but instead of calling a second taxi we had to wait an hour for two journeys, delaying our tour. At the send off we were surprised to hear we were travelling to Gombe Park with a chef. Joshua has failed to inform us that we would be cooked for. We arrived at the park at 12pm. This means that according to park rules we would have 48 hours, yet our itinerary stated that we would leave at 14:00 two days later. Again, an administrative error. Our first lunch was appalling. Packet soup with lumps, and a few bags of bread thrown on the table. Throughout our stay we tried to ask the chef to cook Tanzanian food well but he just was a terrible chef, over-grilling the chicken/fish so it was dry and almost inedible, over-salting the vegetables and eggs so they were almost inedible, and serving us chapati for breakfast without eggs, pasta with chilli sauce, cold food, and other weird combinations. We paid for medium-standard accommodation and food and had paid a total of $6,000 for this three night trip so we feel this was unacceptable and very poor. Gombe is amazing and our national park guide was excellent. But we don’t advise you use this company.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from Gombe S, Owner at Gombe Safari
Responded Aug 20, 2020
Dear customers, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you very much for writing a very important review that will help us a lot in our tourism service delivery activities and in our future business. Secondly, I apologize a lot to our staff for neglecting and providing you with a poor service that is inappropriate and unacceptable. In fact, we Gombe safari leaders are very saddened. It is also true that we agree with you that there are other administrative mistakes made by the leadership but for now, we have taken important steps and we have corrected ourselves. We believe it will never happen again as the administration has done the following. 1. As supervisors, we held a meeting and decided to suspend and terminate the cook and the two drivers for failing to provide proper and timely service to customers. 2. Management, we have changed the procedures for receiving and serving guests from the beginning when we receive them until the end of their journey. So from now, before client books with us(especially last-minute bookings) apart from having a safari itinerary he or she will need to clearly state what services he or she will need to be provided with. We have prepared a booking confirmation voucher which will be given/send to each guest so that before starting the journey he/she will provide a copy which will be the same as the copy that the tour guide will have and at the end of the trip the client will sign it. Last but not least, we would like to continue to offer our cooperation to our guests and we promise Gombe Safari to provide better and better services to our valued customers. Stay safe.
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