Gombe National Park, Tanzania, the chimpanzee paradise.

Here in Tanzania

An excited whoop erupts from deep in the forest, boosted immediately by a dozen other voices, rising in volume and tempo and pitch to a frenzied shrieking crescendo. It is the famous panthoot call: a bonding ritual that allows the participants to identify each other through their individual vocal stylisations. To the human listener, walking through the ancient forests of Gombe Stream, this spine-chilling outburst is also an indicator of imminent visual contact with man’s closest genetic relative: the chimpanzee.




52 sq km (20 sq miles), Tanzania’s smallest park.


16 km (10 miles) north of Kigoma on the shore of Lake
Tanganyika in western Tanzania.

How to get there:

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 rough dirt roads, and 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.

To do:

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 dhow builders at work.


Chimpanzee, Olive baboon, Red-tailed Monkey, Red colobus,
Diademed Monkey, Leopard, Bushbuck, Buffalo, Waterbuck.


Barbet, Palm-nut Vulture, Forbes' Plover, Fish Eagle,
Peters's twinspot.

Best time:

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).


1 new luxury tented lodge, as well a self-catering hostel,
guest house and campsites on the lakeshore.



The same rules for chimpanzee viewing at Mahale apply at
Gombe Stream. Strict rules are in place to safeguard you and the
chimps.  Allow at least 2 days to see them - this is not a zoo
so there are no guarantees where they’ll be each day.

Source: TANAPA.


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