CHIMPANZEE SAFARI GUIDE ON GOMBE STREAM NATIONAL PARK
Set in a fringe of tropical rainforest on the fringes of Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania, Gombe is a dream AfricanMecca chimpanzee tour destination pioneered by the works of Dame Goodall, where it is possible to take guided forest treks to watch the chimps both at play and interacting socially.
During her research time at Gombe, Jane made many new discoveries about chimpanzees, detailing their social hierarchy, their calls and previously unsuspected behavior. They hunted other primates such as red colobus monkeys for meat, communicated purposefully with one another and made and used simple tools.
In 1960, when she was 26 years old, she observed one male she had named David Greybeard prodding in a termite mound with few straws of grass, to retrieve it laden with termites which he proceeded to eat. Later she saw him with another male, preparing twigs to use as tools to ‘fish’ for termites.
Apart from the chimps, Gombe Park boasts many other attractions. The tanned sandy beaches of Lake Tanganyika, one of Africa’s oldest, largest and deepest lakes, at the end of an arm of the Great African Rift Valley, is one of the most stunning places to relax and enjoy sailing, snorkeling, fishing and simply chilling in the ambience of this incredibly beautiful East African holiday wilderness venue.
On the steeply forested Rift Valley escarpment, incredibly lovely Gombe waterfalls tumble hundreds of feet down lushly carpeted rock faces. The small park at 56 square kilometers (22 sq. m) is home to two other chimpanzee communities and many other primates and mammals, as well as over 200 and 250 species of birds and butterflies respectively.
After a long, tough, road drive taking several days or a small aircraft flight of three to five hours from Dar-es-Salaam or Arusha, the park must finally be reached by boat, a distance of 10 miles (16 km) from Kigoma which can sometimes be a choppy aquatic journey lasting two hours by private speedboat or more on water taxis.
Ujiji close to Kigoma was the place where Stanley met Dr. Livingstone and is said to have uttered his historical greeting. Explorers Richard Burton and John Speke have also set their foot there. The area was also notorious as a 19th-century route for ivory and slave traders. It takes a great deal of money and effort to make a Tanzania chimpanzee safari, but it is something you will never forget or regret.
As Jane Goodall explained in her research, books and endless talks including TED, the time she spent with the chimps (mankind’s nearest cousin, sharing 98% of our genetic coding), enriched both her personal life and her understanding of our own behavior and our place in our speck of natural world amidst a wider boundless universe.
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WHERE TO STAY IN GOMBE
There is only one proper tourist focused Gombe lodging with only seven tented rooms i.e. Mbali Mbali Gombe Lodge. It generally tends to be booked up months and even a year in advance in the peak season.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN GOMBE
Although best known as a superb wilderness for a chimpanzee safari, Gombe Park is a photographer's delight for its birds and butterflies, its magnificent scenery and its unspoiled lakes beaches.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT GOMBE
For much of the year, Gombe is a superlative wilderness for an adventurous chimpanzee tour in Tanzania. In the dry season from June to September, there is very little rain or none at all.
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If you want a safari company with whom you’ll feel truly cared for, then you won’t do better than AfricanMecca Safaris. Visiting Gombe had been a dream since I was a kid and watched the National Geographic with Jane Goodall.
Dr Leigh Harwood - Virginia, United States
I recently returned from a trip to Tanzania with a party of eleven people (Canisius College school group) visiting remote Chimpanzee and Wildlife in Gombe, Mahale, Selous. I am pleased to report that I was entirely satisfied in every respect.
Dr. Michael Noonan - Professor At Canisius College - New York, United States
We have just recently returned from our trip to Tanzania. The ladies in our party are fans of Jane Goodall so Gombe was on the list, we couldn't imagine a trip there. Our thanks to the AfricanMecca team and Raza for a most exceptional trip!
Warren & Sharon Hanselman - California, United States
I booked my safari holiday through AfricanMecca. They were the most helpful company I have ever dealt with and I work within the travel industry. I had the most amazing time. The holiday went as clockwork with no hitches anywhere.
Shelley Roberts - Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
Dear Raza, Just to let you know we had a great adventure at Gombe Stream National Park. All went well. Saw chimps every day and lots of them on first and last day. Service and food at the camp was excellent. I would highly recommend this trip.
Ron Deutch - US Embassy - Bujumbura, Burundi
We saw more than 20 chimpanzees including chimps I've read about -- Freud, Faustino, Wilkie... so amazing. We had an absolutely amazing trip in Arusha, Serengeti and Gombe - everything went smooth as silk. Thank you so much Raza
Tiffany Heitz & Lesley Smith - California, United States
We have enjoyed nature in other places in the world, however nothing compares to the excitement of trekking chimpanzees in the hills of Gombe National Park. We sincerely thank AfricanMecca and Raza Visram for their personalized service.
Dr. Gabriel Trueba - Universidad San Francisco de Quito - Ecuador
EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR GOMBE IN WESTERN TANZANIA
When visiting Gombe Stream National Park by Lake Tanganyika, we recommend combining it with your Northern Tanzania safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti (wildebeest migration). End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.
You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Nyerere (Selous), Ruaha or Katavi.
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