In this Chimpanzee Safari in Gombe National Park (Tanzania) we will be next to Jane Goodall‘s house, where this ethologist studied for decades the behavior of these primates, and led the research of chimpanzees being a worldwide reference.
We will start our trip in Tanzania’s capital, Dar-Es-Salaam, where we will take a plane to Kigoma, in western Tanzania on the shores of the famous Lake Tanganyika. This journey alone will make us escape from everything, and we will feel that we are crossing an incredible land and entering a quite remote area of the country.
At Kigoma Airport our driver will pick us up and take us to the Dr. Livingstone Memorial Center, where we will learn a little more about the history of slavery in Tanzania, a recommended visit to put us in context in the area where we are.
Right after, we will take a boat to Gombe National Park, where we will see Jane Goodall’s house, where she lived for decades, in full contact with nature and chimpanzees. In this boat route we will enjoy wonderful views, and we will feel that we are in a sea, instead of a lake, due to its incredible dimensions. In addition, we will be able to identify small villages along the shore, with their children bathing on the shore.
Once in Gombe, after lunch, we will make the first trekking to look for chimpanzees, have dinner and go to sleep. In this first trek, we will try to find them, although it is not an easy task. They are chimpanzees in the wild, you have to be very sharp with your hearing and be fast and stealthy going up the mountains at the same time. We will be accompanied by our guide, who in turn is assisted by scientists in the area whenever possible. Nothing is guaranteed, but the very experience of being in a unique place, in search of these wonderful animals, will thrill us. When we see them, the world will stand still.
The next morning we will do another trekking to continue searching and see the chimpanzees. If we were lucky the day before, this day we will try to repeat. If not, this day will be the definitive day to see them. In addition, we will also learn more about these mountains, which Goodall learned so much from and We will reach some beautiful waterfalls and the famous Jane’s Peak, from where Goodall spent hours observing the chimpanzees with her binoculars. Then we will have lunch and go to pick up our things to take the boat back to Kigoma, where our driver will pick us up and take us to the hotel where we will stay.
The next day, an early morning flight will take us back to the Tanzanian capital Dar-Es-Salaam where our safari to see chimpanzees in the wild in Gombe will end.
Early in the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Dar-Es-Salaam Airport to fly to Kigoma. Kigoma is the closest town to Gombe National Park. Once we arrive in Kigoma, if there is time we will visit the Dr Livingstone Memorial Centre, where we will learn about the slave route that crossed this region. Once we have visited the centre, we will go to the boat that will take us to Gombe. Once in Gombe, we will have lunch and go on a trek to look for the first chimpanzees. During the trek we will be able to see the flora and fauna of the park, a thick forest very different from other national parks in Tanzania. We will return, have dinner and go to bed early.
At 8 a.m., after breakfast, and accompanied by a guide from the National Park, we will once again enter the Park. We will go on an excursion of several hours. We will visit the Kakombe Waterfalls and Jane's Peak. We will return to our lodge for lunch and to collect our gear. Once collected, we will take the boat back to Kigoma. We will have the afternoon free to visit and stroll around Kigoma. We will stay in a hotel in Kigoma and go for dinner.
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