Gombe Stream National Park
An excited whoop erupts from deep in the forest, boosted immediately by a dozen other voices, rising in volume and tempo and pitch to a frenzied shrieking crescendo. It is the famous ‘pant-hoot’ call: a bonding ritual that allows the participants to identify each other through their individual vocal stylisations. To the human listener, walking through the ancient forests of Gombe Stream, this spine-chilling outburst is also an indicator of imminent visual contact with man’s closest genetic relative: the chimpanzee.
Gombe Stream National Park is the smallest of all national parks in Tanzania. It is a fragile stretch habitat by chimpanzees on both sides of the steep slopes plus the river valleys that border the northern sandy-shore of the beautiful Lake Tanganyika. Its resident chimpanzees which were habituated to visiting humans came to the limelight following the revolutionary work carried out by Jane Goodall, who established a Behavioral Research Program in 1960 that today rests as the longest-existing study of that kind in the entire world. The matriarch Fifi, which is the very last still existing member of the very initial community, which was just 3 years old by the time Goodall first visited Gombe, is to date regularly visited by tourists.
Chimpanzees have close to 98% of their natural gen- composition in common to those of humans, and this requires no scientific proficiency to distinguish the personality repertoires of screams, pants as well as hoots that describe the celebrities, the sustaining characters and the powerbrokers. Maybe you will notice a glimmer of understanding as directly stare into the eyes of a chimp, which in return will be assessing you, a look of obvious recognition crossways the smallest barriers of species.
The most commonly seen mammals in Gombe are the primates. A troop of beach-comber olive baboons, which has been under study way back from the 1960s, was uniquely habituated, and the red tailed plus the red colobus monkeys with the latter frequently hunted by the chimpanzees normally remain in the forest canopy.
The park possesses about 200 strange species of bird which vary from the iconic fish-eagle to the Peter’s twin-spots that jump gently around the center for visitor.
After nightfall, a stunning night star-lit sky is harmonized by lanterns of numerous tiny wooden boats, moving up and down on the lake just as an expansive city.
Kigoma is linked to Dar Es Salaam and Arusha by programmed flights, to Dar Es Salaam and Mwanza using a sluggish rail service, to Dar Es Salaam, Mbeya and Mwanza, using rugged dirt roads, as well as to Mpulungu found in Zambia by a ferry that travels weekly.
Starting from Kigoma, there are local taxis which take close to 3 hours to get to Gombe, alternatively motorboats can be contracted, which will journey you for not more than an hour.
What to do
while in Gombe Stream National Park you can enjoy chimpanzee trekking, swimming hiking, as well as snorkeling. You can also visit the place where Henry Stanley’s well-known greeting of “Dr Livingstone I presume” at Ujiji close to Kigoma was made, and observe the well-known dhow builders as they do their work. .
When to visit Stream National Park
the chimpanzees normally don’t meander very far during the rainy season which begins in February all through to June, and also from the middle of November to December so may perhaps be quicker to find them. Better picturesque sceneries are in the dry season which begins in the month of July to October and also towards the finish of December.
Accommodation in Stream National Park
there is one new luxurious tented-lodge, plus a self catering hostel, a campsite, and a guest house by the shore of the lake.
Important to note is that authoritarian rules have been put in place to protect you as well as the chimps. People are permitted at least two days to marvel at these chimps and you should keep in mind that this is not a zoo so you are not actually guaranteed where they will be every day since they are always on the move.