3 Nights/4 Days - Chimpanzee Special
Including Kigoma & Gombe

Tariffs

Validity:

01 May 2005 14 Dec 2005

Each of:
2 Pax
4 Pax
6 Pax
USD
1107
995
958

Validity:

15 Dec 2004 30 April 2005

Each of:
2 Pax
4 Pax
6 Pax
USD
907
795
758

Please note above quotes exclude Dar-Kigoma-Dar Flight Precision Air $300

Overview

Today's tourists are in search of new and remote destinations to add to their African Safari experiences, hence this combined package of Kigoma and Gombe is a must to your Tanzania safari and especially for all those who are great lovers of chimpanzees.

Kigoma is a very interesting small town both in history and beautiful sceneries and ideal to visit before your visit to Gombe. Kigoma provides the largest port and the most important transport hub on the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika .

This small town in the far western part of Tanzania was once the regional administrative center for the Germans. And a railway line was established in 1914 linking it to the coast. Today Kigoma is characterized as the most developed town on Lake Tanganyika with old German architecture buildings. It is located on a valley, surrounded by beautiful hills rising from Kigoma bay. The lakeshore provides the best views of sunsets on the lake. Enjoy the historic sightseeing's in Kigoma town and nearby vicinity.

Gombe Stream National Park is famous for some of the last remaining wild Chimpanzees in their most natural habitat. Gombe is also equally famous for the long research of chimpanzees conducted by the pioneer Dr Jane Goodall. Her institute has been conducting an extensive 40-year plus research at the park. Situated along the shores of Lake Tanganyika this is the smallest of all the national parks in Tanzania , occupying only 52 sqkm of land.

The parks population of roughly 100 chimpanzees; and is probably the only place in the world where one can guarantee sightings of a habituated chimpanzee group.

There are however other interesting species of primates found at the park such as olive baboons, vervet, red tailed and red colobus monkeys.

The park consists of narrow hilly terrain, which starts climbing from the Lakeshore to the top of the rift escarpment. The park is transected by a series of streams, which carve steep valleys into the rift escarpment before flowing into the lake.

Chimpanzees are definitely the main reason why people come to Gombe. It is our close evolutionary kinship with chimpanzees that makes these sociable black-coated apes of the forest so enduringly fascinating. Humans, chimpanzees and bonobus (also known as pygmy chimpanzees) share more than 98% of their genetic code, and the three species are far more closely related to each other than they are to any other living creature, even gorillas.

The similarities between humans and chimps are consistently striking, not only in the skeletal structure and skull, but also in the nervous system, the immune system, and many other behavioral aspects. Such striking cultural differences bring home our close genetic kinship with chimpanzees.

Gombe is open for tourists throughout the year but the dry season from May to October and during the short rains of January and February are the best periods to visit. Sometimes, especially during the rainy season, chimp tracking can be quite difficult due to the thick bush, rugged terrain and slippery paths.

PROGRAM TTL/Z/04

Day 1:   Fly out of Dar-es-salaam to Kigoma town. Spend the evening sightseeing in Kigoma town with plenty to see in the immediate vicinity. Some interesting places to visit include the slavery market, which remains at Ujiji (historic port) where one can also see the original road that was used to ferry slaves from Ujiji to Bagamoyo. Step into the colonial era by visiting the Railway Station and the so-called Kaiser House, which is reputedly linked to the railway station by an escape tunnel excavated during World War 1. Meals and overnight at Kigoma Hilltop Hotel.

Day 2:  
After breakfast early morning boat transfer to Gombe. Spend the rest of the day chimp tracking. Chimpanzees being the priority, mornings start with an early track up the hills to the places where the chimpanzees last nested. Depending on the time of the year, tracking chimpanzees can take anything from half an hour to 3 hours. As you walk in the thick forest while tracking the chimpanzees you pass through beautiful scenery and hear thrilling sounds of birds, insects and other inhabitants of the forest. Meals and overnight at Gombe Tented Camp.

Day 3:   After breakfast another early morning chimpanzee tracking in the forest. Also visit the spectacular Kakombe Waterfalls and witness the breathtaking scenery/beautiful atmosphere. After lunch, spend the rest of the afternoon visiting the nearby fishing village of Mwamgongo . Like any typical fishing village in Africa , here you will see the most spectacular display of tropical fish and all the processes involved catching, drying and ultimately selling the fish. Meals and overnight at Gombe Tented Camp.

Day 4:   After breakfast transfer to Kigoma for lunch and then transfer to the airport in time to connect flight to Dar-es-salaam.

Includes:
Park entry fees, meals and accommodation as specified and transfers according to itinerary.
 
Excludes:
Air fares, airport departure tax, gratuities, tips and drinks and any other items of a personal nature. Also excludes cost for any other excursions/activities, which you may wish to undertake.
 
Extensions:
After this amazing experience of the western circuit, we suggest you visit the beautiful parks of the north including Serengeti and Ngorongoro. Alternatively you may choose to fly to the spice island of Zanzibar to relax and explore the historic culture.

This particular Itinerary can be customized to also suit your needs.





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