Chimpanzee Safaris in Tanzania
In Tanzania, Chimpanzee trekking is done in basically two famous destinations of Mahale and Gombe Stream national park.
Located in western Tanzania, besides Lake Tanganyika and bordered to the south by Burundi is Gombe stream National Park. Tanzania smallest national park occupying roughly 20sqms, yet famous for being Jane Goodall’s chimpanzee research centre; the prime attraction at this amazing destination is the chimpanzee family that lives protected in the park’s boundaries. Tourists are led by professional guides through the wilderness on foot to catch the sight of the fascinating primates such as the Chimpanzees, Columbus monkeys, vervet monkeys, for the whole morning and additional bonus of the tropical birdlife, small antelopes and forest pigs that inhabit the dense forest.
The other destination is Mahale Mountains national park, situated in Kigoma Region, along the lake shores of Lake Tanganyika; The Park derives its name from the ranges of Mount Mahale right within its boundaries. It offers asylum to the largest number of endangered chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains, favored by its remoteness and large size, with the creatures enjoying their, safety and stay at this wonderful land. In addition, these chimpanzees and lions co-exist in the one destination though very safe for a trekking experience.
Up to a number of 6 people per group are permitted to track these primates. Just ensure that you have good hiking shoes for stable movement, long-sleeved shirt to avoid scratches for the tree branches, trekking permit, water to cool your thirst, a perfect camera for snaps, and binoculars to properly spot distant objects among others. Make it a point that you follow the rules and regulations the guides will pronounce during briefing.
Roughly, 1700 chimpanzees live within Tanzania’s, 1613sqkm area, though the main point for visitors is the M’ group, which has been researched approximately for four decades. Additionally, even as the M group of chimpanzees is well habituated, sighting these human’s closest relatives is almost always a challenge, but luck can make you meet them easily, the trekking can last for roughly 1-5 hours. Chimpanzees trekking is a very interesting activity to all travelers, it is worth a trial as you go and visit your closest cousin at the wilderness of Tanzania, and there is everything for everyone.