“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.” – Joseph Campbell
Explore the habitat of Tanzania’s wild chimpanzees on foot and learn about these remarkable primates. The forest’s chimpanzees at Gombe Stream are used to seen travellers, and researchers and therefore sightings are always guaranteed on a trekking safari experience. The chimpanzees are the main attraction at Gombe Stream where they were specifically made famous by the pioneering work of Jane Goodall, who in 1960 founded a research program that now stands as the largest running study of its kind in the world. The majority of wildlife to be found at Gombe Stream are primates. In addition to the famous chimpanzees, you may see olive baboons, these have also been researched since the 1960s and are exceptionally habituated to humans. You may also spot the red-tailed and red colobus monkeys.
Gombe Stream National park is one of the smallest national parks in Tanzania at only 52km2 and is located between the altitudes of 2,516 – 6,269ft. Gombe Stream is a thin strip of ancient forest straddling the steep slopes and river valleys adjacent to the sandy northern shore of Lake Tanganyika, about 16 kilometers from Kigoma Town. Gombe Stream is the perfect place for a walking safari, allowing you to cool off along the way with a dip in one of the many streams that traverses the park.
Tracking the chimpanzees of Gombe is a magical experience. On a chimpanzee trek the guide’s eyes pick out last night’s nests – shadowy clumps high in a gallery of trees crowding the sky. Scraps of half-eaten fruit and fresh dung become valuable clues, leading deeper into the forest. Chimpanzee trekking is conducted in the mornings, with afternoon hikes for the especially adventurous.
On our Tanzania Magic Safari program, we feature 2-days of discovering Gombe Stream with enough time for enjoying two chimpanzee treks, and sightseeing activities and an afternoon boat safari on the Lake Tanganyika on the second day to explore the lake with a Kayak. Travellers can also enjoy swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the lake, snorkeling or simply choose to relax on the beach. There are two spectacular waterfalls worth visiting in the area, Kakomba, an easy half hour walk and Mkenke, a little further for the more adventurous.
The only accommodation available at Gombe Stream National Park is at the Gombe Forest Lodge which has seven elegantly furnished all-inclusive tents, designed to provide every comfort while minimizing disturbance and impact on the stunning environment. This boutique lodge is set on wooden platforms beneath mango groves on the lakeshore. The location of the lodge is also the starting point of hiking treks though the trails which lead to sightseeing the chimpanzees among other primates and birdlife.
Travellers get to enjoy sumptuous tasty meals, light snacks and beverages at the cozy dining area, which is ideally set just a couple of steps off the beach and is built on a wooden platform with an extended outside deck shaded by the forest. A small library, with a selection of interesting books and novels are available.