How to get there
By air: scheduled flights from Dar es Salaam and Mwanza cities or from Arusha by chartered flights.
By rail: from Dar es Salaam or by ferry from Mpulungu in Zambia.
By road: from Dar es Salaam, Arusha or Mwanza.
Best time to visit
Chimpanzee can be trekked throughout the year. However, for plants/insects and better chimpanzee spotting, the best time is during wet season (November to mid May) and for the best photo taking (May to October).
Hiking to Jane’s peak view point
- This view point offers a spectacular view of the park and Lake Tanganyika. While at the view point one can hear chimpanzee calling and screaming. The hike takes about two hours from kasekela. No Additional fees apart from the conservation fees
Over 200 birds species fly around, varying from the African crowned eagle that hunts monkeys, to the iconic fish eagle, three kinds of kingfisher and the bright Peters twins pots. Another remarkable character is the palm-nut vulture; a near-vegetarian common to Lake Tanganyika that prefers fruits over carcasses.
Hugo van Lawick in 1988 filmed people of the forest – the chimps of Gombe.