Daily Archives: January 8, 2015

Gombe Stream. On the tracks of chimpanzee

There’s so much to see in Tanzania, and some explorations can be a once in a lifetime experience for real. If you have time to travel to the far areas in the North West, close to the Tanganyika Lake, you can’t miss one of the most extraordinary spots: the Gombe Stream National Park.

Chimpanzee - Gombe Stream

Very off the beaten tracks, Gombe Stream is a tiny stripe of land which is habitat for the man’s closest genetic relative – the chimpanzee, that in this area are very used to the contact with humans. This is the place where, in the sixties, Jane Goodall started a pioneering research work about them.

Chimpanzees share about 98% of their genes with humans, and no scientific expertise is required to distinguish the individual repertoires of pants, hoots and screams… it will be an unforgettable encounter, where you will be surprised by the intelligence and expressivity of these animals.

Aside, it is possible to see other rare primates, such as beachcomber olive baboons, while red-tailed and red colobus monkeys – the latter regularly hunted by chimps. Last but not leasr, the park’s 200-odd bird species range from the iconic fish eagle to the jewel-like Peter’s twinspots.

At the end of your busy day, you will enjoy a dazzling night sky and the lanterns of hundreds of small wooden boats, sailing across the lake.