In Tanzania, near Kigoma, you find two famous National Parks for observing Chimpanzees in their natural habitat and which will influence your stay.
The Gombe Stream National Park
Only 22 km away from Kigoma you can visit The Gombe Stream National Park, located in the great western Rift valley on the shoes of Lake Tanganyika.
In July 1960, at the age of 26, Jane Goodall traveled from England to what is now Tanzania and ventured into the little-known world of wild chimpanzees.
“A SENSE OF CALM CAME OVER ME. MORE AND MORE OFTEN I FOUND MYSELF THINKING, THIS IS WHERE I BELONG. THIS IS WHAT I CAME INTO THIS WORLD TO DO.”
Equipped with little more than a notebook, binoculars, and her fascination with wildlife, Jane Goodall braved a realm of unknowns to give the world a remarkable window into humankind’s closest living relatives.
When Jane Goodall entered the forest of Gombe, the world knew very little about chimpanzees, and even less about their unique genetic kinship to humans.
From Kigoma, you can arrive to Gombe with a small boat.
Mahale Mountains National Park
The beauty and biodiversity of the Mahale Mountains National Park will leave you speechless.
The park can be reached by the historical motor vessel Liemba which is enough of a reason to visit Kigoma.