An excited whoop explode from deep in the jungle, boosted straight away by a lots of other voices, growing in a point and rhythm and terrain to a frantic screech increase. It is the well-known ‘pant-hoot’ calls a connection ceremony that permitted the participants to recognize each other through their individual vocal stylizations. To the human listener, walking through the ancient forests of Gombe torrent, this vertebrae chilling eruption is also a pointer of imminent visual contact with man’s closest genetic relative the chimpanzee.

Gombe National Park is the smallest park in Tanzania that can offer you a sturdy strip of chimpanzee environment across the steep slopes and river valleys that edging in the sandy northern shore of Lake Tanganyika. Park is located in North Kigoma on the shores of Lake Tanganyika and is measures only 52 sq km or 20 sq miles. Its chimpanzees habituated to human visitors were made famous by the pioneering work of Jane Goodall, who in 1960 founded a behavioral 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 unique society, only three years old when Goodall first set base in Gombe, is still frequently seen by tourist.

As a fact, Chimpanzees share about 98% of their genes with humans and no scientific knowledge is requisite to discriminate flanked by the creature repertoires of pants, howl and shout 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, apprising you in return a look of evident acknowledgment athwart the narrowest of variety barriers.

Gombe’s famous wildlife also includes troops of beachcomber olive baboons, under study since the 1960s is exceptionally habituated, while red tailed and red Colubus monkeys the latter on a regular basis hunted by chimps stick to the forest canopy. In this park you can find more that 200 odd bird species range from the iconic fish eagle to the jewel like Peter’s twin spots that vine tamely around the visitors’ centre.

What to do and when to visit Gombe:
Chimpanzee trekking which is most famous in Gombe National Park, hiking, swimming in lake Tanganyika and snorkeling visit the site of Henry Stanley’s famous “Dr Livingstone I presume” at Ujiji near Kigoma, and watch the renowned dhow builders at work. The chimps don’t move as far in the wet season (February-June, November-mid December) so may be easier to find better picture opportunities in the dry (July-October and late December).