Chimpanzee trekking Gombe Stream National Park in the western remote park of Tanzania is an outstanding experience. The Chimpanzee Tracking tour will give you an opportunity to walk through the ancient tropical rain forest along the steep slopes of the Great Rift Valley escarpment inhibited mostly by chimpanzee and other species of primates.
Gombe Stream National Park is one of the smallest park in Tanzania located along the East northern shore of Lake Tanganyika about 16 kilometers from Kigoma town. This is the place where the British researcher Jane Goodall spent most of her entire life researching for these unique creatures. While on chimpanzee trekking at Gombe you will also get a chance to visit Jane Goodall chimp’s feeding center and learn more about the chimpanzee behavior.
Although chimpanzee trekking is the highlight of this tour but the park boast other animals such as blue monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, vervet monkeys, olive baboon and beachcomber. Gombe Stream National Park is also a home to about 200 bird species and 11 species of snakes.
In addition to the trek we can also swim and snorkel in Lake Tanganyika which has almost 100 kinds of colorful cichlid fish.
How To Get To Gombe National Park
Visitors can access Gombe Stream National Park for Chimpanzee Trekking only by boat from Kigoma town. The boat takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours ride from Kigoma port. Visitors from Dar es Salaam and other parts of the country may board a scheduled or chartered flight up to Kigoma then transferred by boat to Gombe.
Chimpanzee Trekking Age Limit
According to Tanzania National Park Authority (TANAPA) Laws and Regulation the minimum participating age for chimpanzee trekking at Gombe Stream National Park is 15 years old.
Chimpanzee Trekking Gombe Detail Itinerary
Day 1: Kigoma – Gombe Stream National Park
Your chimpanzee trekking tour is starting by picking you up from the hotel or resident house in Dar es Salaam and transfer to the Airport for the flight to Kigoma. Normally the flight departs Dar es Salaam at 09:30 am to Kigoma. Arrive Kigoma at 11:40 am. At Kigoma airport you will meet by our representative who will transfer you to one of the restaurant in Kigoma town for lunch and later to the port for a boat ride to Gombe. A boat journey from Kigoma to Gombe National park takes about hour and half sailing through the clear crystal water of the Lake Tanganyika.
As you arrive Gombe registration at the park headquarters and thereafter depart to the forest for afternoon Chimpanzee trekking guided with the park guide. The forest host a variety of bird life and several species of primates include the most prime the Chimpanzee which is our main target for this tour. Evening trek back to Gombe Rest House where you will spend a night.
Day 2: Chimpanzee Trekking in Gombe
Early breakfast, depart for a half day chimpanzee trekking in the forest. Hike toward the chimpanzee feeding point previously used by researchers to feed chimps with bananas. The feeding of chimpanzee was later stopped after realized that chimps become lazy of searching for their natural food which is a mixture of herbs and fruits. After duration of missing the natural food the chimps develop low body immune systems which lead to diseases and deaths. Proceed with chimpanzee trekking further up the hills to Kakombe waterfalls. Enjoy the cool breeze of the dropping water and beautiful scenery of the area. As you continue with the chimpanzee trekking you will also see olive baboon, beachcomber, red tailed monkeys, red colobus, blue monkeys, and vervet monkeys. Red-tailed monkeys and blue monkeys have also been known to hybridize in the area. In the mid-day return to the lodge for hot lunch, packing and board a boat back to Kigoma town. At Kigoma town you will transferred to Coast View Resort where you will overnight.
Day 3: Gombe – Kigoma – Depart
Breakfast in the lodge and at 08:00 am depart to Ujiji town for one and half tour of the Dr. Livingstone Museum. While in museum the guide will provide you a short history of Dr. Livingstone and show you the point where met Stanley. After this tour drive directly to the airport for your scheduled flight to Dar es Salaam which departs at 12:20 pm. Upon your arrival at Dar es Salaam you shall be provided with a transfer to your hotel.
End of the Chimpanzee Trekking Tour.
Chimpanzee Trekking Tour Price
|Number People||1 pax||2 pax||3 pax||4 pax||5 pax|
|Price Per Person||$ 1025||$ 880||$ 790||$ 650||$ 630|
Chimpanzee Trekking Tour Includes:
Boat transfer Kigoma- gombe Park fee,
FB accommodation at Gombe Rest House,
Meal on the last day at Kigoma,
All transfer made by road in a private car in Kigoma and Dar es Salaam,
Fee for professional guide, all activities as per itinerary
Chimpanzee Trekking Tour Excludes:
Airport departure tax,
Flying doctors insurance,
Activities which doesn’t mention on the itinerary,
Tips for the guide,
Any other expenses of the personal nature.