Gombe national park is for those interested in tracking chimpanzees in Tanzania, Gombe national park is famous because of Jane Goodall, a primatologist who did her research, Gombe national park is one of the smallest national parks in Tanzania but one of the most rewarding wildest situated in the forested hills within the shores of Lake Tanganyika. Gombe mountainous rainforests harbor Tanzania’s troops of chimpanzees that became famous because of the pioneer’s researcher and conservationist work of Dr. Jane Goodall.
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In 1960, British primatologist Jane Goodall came into the reserve as a talented young woman, who intended to track chimpanzee troops in their natural environment in order to find out more information regarding chimpanzees’ way of life. Her memorable expedition was established by a renowned anthropologist called Dr. Louis Leakey, who believed that chimpanzees’ characters might give valuable clues into the lives of the early man species.
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Jean Goodall was accepted by one of the chimpanzee families that brought a rare insight into the chimpanzees’ society, she got lucky and is still the only human being that has ever been accepted into a chimpanzee community. Her research forms from the foundation contributed so much to the information we had about chimpanzees today. Her findings disproved the theories that humans are the only species, most especially When she eyes watched the wild chimpanzees hunting, looking after their young ones, and Jean Goodall’s findings proved that chimpanzees are not herbivores.
Gombe Game Reserve was transformed into a national park status in 1968 after Jean Goodall’s research and activism result.
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Things to do at Gombe national park
No proper roads lead to Gombe National Park, only the tropical rain-forested trails. Chimpanzees are explored on foot with an experienced guide, trekking chimpanzees takes travelers deep into the forest while searching for your lifetime encounters with one habituated chimpanzee troop. Gombe national park protects approximately 100 eastern chimpanzees, sighting them brings unforgettable experiences although, trekking humans’ closest relatives takes a few hours to allocate them. Chimpanzees are intelligent, sophisticated animals, and share up to 98 percent of the human DNA. Once you have seen a chimpanzee family traveler are permitted to spend an hour watching chimpanzees play, feed themselves, bicker, and groom one another.
Gombe national park doesn’t only accommodates the Chimpanzees but also other primates’ species such as the olive baboons searching for food along the shores of Lake Tanganyika, the endangered ashy red colobus, and red-tailed monkeys swinging on the forest canopy. Blue and velvet monkeys, hippos, bush pigs, leopards, more than 200 bird species, and 250 butterfly species.
Gombe national park also offers other tourism activities such as the Gombe stream research Centre, where to get more findings from Jean Goodall’s research results, and that her work continues up today, this visit includes hiking to Jane’s summit and the Kakombe Waterfall, or you can also visit the nearby fishing villages. Exploring Gombe national park is not only limited to wildlife species only. you can either choose to participate in snorkeling in Lake Tanganyika warm freshwaters.
Where to Stay Near Gombe
Travelers interested in going to Gombe National Park imply that almost all tourists may choose to stay for at least one night within the national park premises. However, there is one & only place where travelers are allowed to sleep in the park, which is an eco-friendly lodge called Mbali Mbali Gombe. Otherwise, there are no lodges or camping options within the park. But outside Gombe national park has endless options for the nearest accommodation facilities which take at least two hours drives.
Mbali Mbali Gombe is situated within the shady trees on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, it has seven luxurious tents for a maximum of 14 visitors each day. Each room was contracted on a raised wooden platform, all the rooms have their own en-suite bathroom, fully furnished private balcony.
Lake Tanganyika Hotel is situated in Kigoma on the lakeshores of Lake Tanganyika which is conveniently near Kigoma’s train station, which has all services on the way to Dar es Salaam. The standout hotel features a wonderful terrace swimming pool that overlooks the scenic view of Lake Tanganyika.
Kigoma hilltop hotel is a boutique hotel situated on a green hilltop that overlooks Lake Tanganyika makes you feel like you’re away from an African civilization, although Kigoma downtown is just a short drive from the national park. Discover the uniqueness behind fresh fish.
How to Get to Gombe national park
Gombe National Park requires a traveler to plan well in order to reach since its located extremely remote part of Tanzania it borders Burundi and the DRC. The easiest way to get to Gombe national park is by catching a flight to Kigoma, which operates directly to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania or to Bujumbura in Burundi. There is a train from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma direct which takes about 40 hours. Or a road drive across the country is another option which takes approximately 22 hours.
When you’re already in Kigoma, Gombe national park is only accessible by speed boat which can either take about two hours or take a local “lake taxi” that takes like four hours to Gombe. If you have booked at the Mbali Mbali Gombe, the lodge can organize your transport.