Gombe Stream National Park
Covering an area of 52 square kilometers, Gombe Stream is the smallest National Park in Tanzania.
It is located about 16km north of Kigoma on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in the Western part of Tanzania. It is home to the World’s renowned Chimp reserve. This reserve was established by Jane Goodall and it’s about twenty five years old.
In the 1960’s this great conservationist “Goodall” carried out major research about the relationship between man and the Chimpanzees. These primates are 95% related to humans, they have similar smells, hearing and other senses.
All visitors to the reserve for Chimpanzees pay $100 USD each person per day. It is advised to be careful during the visit because most chimpanzees in the main study community are aggressive.
If you have any signs of infectious diseases don’t expect to be issued with the entry permission. This is because you may spread the diseases to these primates as their immunity system is similar to humans.
Another activity that impress primate lovers in Gombe stream is the Chimpanzee habituation excursion. This includes living in the middle of the dense jungles while following these primates such that they get used to human presence.
It takes good time and with the habituation process, travelers are awarded more time to stay with the chimps than for Chimpanzee tracking.
Chimpanzees are usually smuggled into Eastern Europe, Mexico or South America for medical research although this isn’t supported by the Wildlife conservation organizations. The Goodall institute usually awards anyone who gives evidence of those who abuse the Chimp’s rights.
To give a brief description about chimpanzees, there are omnivores in nature and feed both on fresh and grass. They mostly eat ants, forest fruits, small animals and termites.
Smaller monkeys also act as their food. Chimpanzees usually live in groups that consist of fifty members and small sub gangs of about eight chimps.
Finding them is not an easy thing, they can be anywhere in the Jungle and usually hide once they detect presence of a stranger. Tracking for them is usually done with the help of park guides who are always in touch with their movements.
Apart from Chimpanzees, there are a lot of other allures to appreciate including the scenic views of Kakombe Waterfall.