Gombe et Mahale National Park
Gombe national park
Gombe, the smallest National Park in Tanzania, is a vestige of the fragile habitat of chimpanzees: a small strip of ancient forest, located in the mountains and interspersed with deep valleys clinging to the shores of Lake Tanganyika. Made famous by Dr Jane Goodall’s research, the great attraction is the chimpanzee population and there are many other primates such as baboons, blue monkeys, red-tailed monkeys and vervets.
Mahale national park
Mahale exceeds Gombe National Park in terms of size and beauty but access is even more difficult. Most visitors fly in by charter. Treks are escorted by armed Ranger who know the habitat and behaviour of the chimpanzee families.
How to get there: Kigoma by scheduled flight from Dar es Salaam or railway Dar es Salaam to Kigoma which can take 3 days! The best season: July to December. In the “Green Season,” chimpanzees are more difficult to find and observe.
Among other points of interest, a side trip to Ujiji where the small memorial to mark the place where Stanley famously asked: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" can be found.