Gombe Stream and Mahale Mountains National Parks in western Tanzania, both border Lake Tanganyika, and are home to some of Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzees (chimps). Chimpanzees are classified as one of the world’s endangered species.
Chimp tracking in the ancient forests is a magical experience. There are no roads in the National Parks of Gombe, and Mahale, you walk and experience nature with all your senses. All the treks are accompanied by a park guide at all times and governed by strict health, park regulations and code of conduct, to safeguard both park visitors and the chimps.
Sharing more than 98% of our genes, chimpanzees are individually as unique as humans. The official guide of Gombe Stream National Park says, “You will be amazed at how these wild creatures accept you as they go about their everyday activities.” Gombe was made famous by Jane Goodall, who established the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) in 1977 which supports the Gombe Stream research.
Mahale Mountains National Park alone boasts a population of about 900 chimpanzees, found together with other rain forests animals like the Angolan colobus monkey, red colobus monkeys and other primates.