Chimpanzees trekking is one of the best adventures you should never miss when visiting Tanzania. The only place you can see Chimpanzees in Tanzania is Gombe National Park, Mahale National Park, and Rubondo Island National Park. Each destination has its own unique experience. Mahale is located in Western Tanzania to the South of Kigoma town, it is bordering Lake Tanganyika, the World’s longest and the second-deepest lake. The Mahale Mountains forest is home to chimpanzees. The park is very famous for over 800 wild chimpanzees, more than any other East and Southern African park including the famed sister Gombe.
Gombe is the smallest of Tanzania’s national parks, a thin strip of ancient forest set amidst mountain and steep valleys on the shores of the Tanganyika lake. Its chimpanzees habituated to human visitors were made famous by the pioneering work of Dr. Jane Goodall, who in 1960 founded a behavioral research program that now stands as the longest-running study of its kind in the world.
Gombe National Park has a great history where the Chimpanzees recorded using tools to catch their food when Goodall observed the animals using sticks to attract termites before eating them. Between 1966 and 1969 the 17 chimpanzees, which had all been captured in the wild and had spent various amounts of time in European zoos, were released in Rubondo Island National Park in Lake Victoria, Tanzania. Now there is a healthy population of chimpanzees, and it is likely that there is now the second generation of Rubondo born animals. The author, who has been recording sightings of the chimpanzees since 1978, discusses this early rehabilitation experiment, sets it in the context of others, and examines the problems of how best to cope with those animals that are confiscated while enforcing the laws prohibiting the capture of wild chimpanzees.
We do offer tours which combine chimpanzee experience in Tanzania. We invite you to explore these tours and contact us for more details.