AUTHENTIC CHIMPANZEE SAFARIS & PERSONALIZED PRIMATE TOURS IN GOMBE WITH AFRICANMECCA
You can fish with a rod, snorkel amongst scintillating shoals of cichlids: larger versions of the living neon jewels familiar from childhood aquaria. You can walk to awe-inspiring falls of lacy spume cascading hundreds of feet through rainforest from Rift Valley escarpments, or you can visit the Gombe Stream Research Base (prior arrangement required), local villages, community projects and places of historical interest.
Chimpanzee communities co-operate in hunting, keeping watch, recognizing danger or food and communicating their feelings to others. They can also transmit more personal information to significant individuals by means of barks, whimpers, howls, screeches and a repertoire of 15 distinct sounds, from warnings of specific threats, such as snakes, to queries, challenges and expressions of enjoyment and frustrations.
After a two-hour trek or more to find the chimps, choruses of breathy hoots from the forest canopy announce that you have been spotted. You may watch for no more than an hour as the community you have found performs its daily rituals of mutual grooming, aggression, fondling, deference, feeding and boisterous play.
The chimps are vulnerable to human influence. They are curious enough to handle anything left lying around, and they are sufficiently like us to incubate our germs. Therefore, there are strict rules for human and chimp viewing interactions. Parties of no more than six AfricanMecca guests must not approach within ten meters of the primate community, and only if in good health prior to the start of the activity.
Even so, you may be required to breathe through a mask that covers your nose and mouth. Only children over the age of 15 years are allowed on chimp treks and must be accompanied by an adult guardian. This may seem unduly restrictive, but the magic of Gombe will soon exert its influence and you will be moved by the emotions demonstrated by these “mock men” as they were christened by natives.
Mothers nurse their babies. Siblings groom one another, tumbling and chasing round their elders, sometimes cuffed if they become too venturesome. Theirs is a strict social hierarchy evoked by their patterns of communication. For example, pant-hoots are only addressed to their betters, never their inferiors, and ritual submission is performed by females and beta males towards alpha males and senior matriarchs.
No-one comes to intimately tour Gombe without a fascination for its most famous denizens, the equivocal chimps which at once endear and repel as we realize how like ourselves these primitive near cousins actually are (read more on when is the best time to visit Gombe).
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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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GUIDE ON GOMBE PARK
Pioneered by the works of Dr. Jane Goodall, Gombe is a dream chimpanzee wilderness where it is possible to take guided treks to watch wild chimps both at play and interacting socially.
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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.
What are our Customers saying about us? READ MORE REVIEWS
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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