Cultural Tours

Chimp Tracking

Mahale Mountains National Park

This park, one of the most isolated in Africa, situated alongside Lake Tanganyika has stunning secluded beaches and dense mountain forests. It is home to one of the continents last remaining wild chimpanzee populations (approx. 800 -1000). Professional guides will give you a unique insight into their habits, characteristics and relationships.

  • Other mammals include: leopard, Red Colobus monkey, baboons, Red-tailed monkey, Blue monkey, warthog, bushbuck and various antelope.
  • Remember all park tours are conducted on foot or by boat.
  • Your time with the chimps is limited to 1 hour per day and face masks must be worn to prevent the transmission of human diseases to the chimps.
  • Guides may sight chimps in close proximity to the camp but sometimes a trek of 2 –3 hours along forest paths is required.
  • Guides maintain a steady walking pace aimed at the slower members of the group.
  • You need to be reasonably fit and you must be ready to sometimes make steep and slippery descents over uneven terrain.
  • Accomodation: Kungwe Beach lodge has ten safari-style tented rooms along the lake shore and is a comfortable accommodation option perfectly positioned for chimp trekking.

Gombe Stream National Park

Gombe is the smallest of Tanzania's national parks: a fragile strip of chimpanzee habitat straddling the steep slopes and river valleys that hem in the sandy northern shore of Lake Tanganyika. Its chimpanzees – habituated to human visitors – were made famous by the pioneering work of Jane Goodall, who in 1960 founded a behavioural research program that now stands as the longest-running study of its kind in the world. The matriarch Fifi, the last surviving member of the original community, only three-years old when Goodall first set foot in Gombe, is still regularly seen by visitors.

Chimpanzees share about 98% of their genes with humans, and no scientific expertise is required to distinguish between the individual repertoires of pants, hoots and screams that define the celebrities, the powerbrokers, and the supporting characters. Perhaps you will see a flicker of understanding when you look into a chimp's eyes, assessing you in return - a look of apparent recognition across the narrowest of species barriers.