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Gombe Stream National Park is the best place in the World, based in WESTERN TANZANIA for tracking wild Chimpanzees. The Park is a narrow strip of Mountainous Country, unique – and without roads, can be reached by Scheduled flights by charter flights from Dar-es-salaam our Capital City or from Moshi, Arusha.

The Park is located on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, the world’s second deepest lake, and is nestled in a small patch of remnant tropical forest. Gombe is reached from Kigoma, the regional hub, by travelling on a small wooden passenger boat.

The population of chimpanzee in this park is estimated that about over 3,700 families of mountain chimpanzees remaining in the world, about half of them are in Tanzania, seen in groups of 4 to 60 at a time in their natural habitat.  Safaris are done exclusively on foot in a superb backdrop mountain overhanging Lake Tanganyika. It is indeed an Island of wilderness.

EXPLORE JAMBO MAASAI LIMITED will take you to the home of the mountain chimpanzees at Gombe Stream National Park, where they have been brought close so close to humans. Brought from the frightening, crude primates to near – human beings that have emotions, language and personalities, from ugly creatures to beautiful neighbors.

In the security of group family, their days are spent in the search for vegetation far below the forest canopy, and in playful near human activity.

Our former ancestors (chimpanzees) found in Tanzania live in great concentration in the rain forest areas on the equatorial forest belt. They are found in secondary re-growth forests, open woodlands, bamboo forests, swamp forest and even open savannah with bands of riverine forests and forest savannah mosaic. The chimps live in social groups called communities. Communities may be large in other areas and may be reduced to very small remnant groups.

Tourists slog through wet terrain in order to spend hours a day searching and viewing groups of habituated chimpanzees which have been broken into subspecies or races. Research in Tanzania has proved that chimpanzees create tools to make their lives easier, such as the carefully chosen grass stems used to fish for tasty insects, they hunt smaller primates – like the Colobus monkeys for food etc. There are two kinds of these animals, each with a different look, lifestyle and habitat, and a dramatically different population status.

Gombe National Park
Gombe National Park

Jane Goodall’s national park research

Jane Goodall did her study on chimpanzee populations in the Gombe Stream national park. Jane Goodall went to Tanzania for the first time in 1960, when she was 26 years old and had never been to college. Her study showed that chimpanzees are smart and have a lot of feelings. Goodall set up a small study station in Gombe so she could find out more about how our closest living relatives act. There, she followed the chimpanzee troops for months, especially the Kasekela chimpanzee group. She watched them go about their daily lives until she was slowly accepted by one troop and given rare, up-close looks at how chimpanzees live.

The Gombe Stream Study Center (GSRC) was set up in 1967 to coordinate the study being done on chimpanzees in the park. The GSRC is the longest-running study of an animal species in its natural environment. It is mostly run by a team of trained Tanzanians.

Gombe Stream National Park has a lot of animals.

Gombe is becoming more and more famous with tourists because it has a lot to offer. In addition to chimps, there are beachcomber olive baboons, red colobus, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, and vervet monkeys in Gombe Stream national park. In the area, red-tailed monkeys and blue monkeys also have babies together. Over 200 kinds of birds and bushpigs live in the park. There are also a lot of different kinds of snakes and hippos and leopards can sometimes be seen.

The most common animals in Gombe National Park are:-

Chimpanzees, beachcombers, olive baboons, Anubis baboons, red colobus, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, vervet monkeys, diadems, snakes, hippos, leopards, birds, bushpig