In more than century now nature education have been a global tools towards acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding of local environmental problems to help our community attain positive plans consist of solutions and solve the existing problem.
Gombe National Park (often, but incorrectly, called "Gombe Stream National Park"), is located in western Kigoma Region, Tanzania, 10 miles (20 km) north of Kigoma, the capital of Kigoma Region. Established in 1968, Gombe is one of the smallest national parks in Tanzania, with only 13.5 square miles (35 km2) of protected land along the hills of the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika. The terrain is distinguished by steep valleys, and the forest vegetation ranges from grassland to woodland to tropical rainforest. Accessible only by boat, the park is most famous as the location where Jane Goodall pioneered her behavioral research conducted on the chimpanzee populations.The Kasekela chimpanzee community, featured in several books and documentaries, lives in Gombe National Park.
Gombe’s high levels of diversity make it an increasingly popular tourist destination. Besides chimpanzees, primates inhabiting Gombe include beachcomber olive baboons, red colobus, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, and vervet monkeys. Red-tailed monkeys and blue monkeys have also been known to hybridize in the area. The park is also home to over 200 bird species and bushpigs. There are also many species of snakes. Visitors to the park can trek into the forest to view the chimpanzees, as well as swim and snorkel in Lake Tanganyika with almost 100 kinds of colorful cichlid fish.
- 4 Nights & 5 Noons
- Supporting school-based environmental projects around Gombe National Park through Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots and Scouting including: o Composting, o Life Skills, Adventure, Camping o Gardening, and o Soil Maintenance.
- Introduction to African Nature & Environmental overview
- Attending Fish Village and local traditional dance at noon
- Conducting African BBQ at night during the program
- Signature of Mangrove Conservation Nature book as donation of $50 USD to the Mangrove Rehabilitation Project
- Enjoy Nature view from Kigoma Town to Gombe during pickup at the airport
- Visit Mikoko Scout Group Office and Mikoko Tours & Safaris for trip signature project before departure to Kigoma Airport
Itinerary Cost: $ 2,630 USD
Travel From Dar es salaam to Kigoma Airport
MTS team will pick you from the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) or hotel at Dar es salaam and direct you to the Mikoko Scout Group and Mikoko Tours & Safaris for sign the nature book (signature project). The tour director will show you the health and safety rules during the trip. The team will allow you to sign the nature signature project as you wish to contribute to the Mikoko Scout Group year plan. The team will bring you back to the hotel or pack to the bus for transportation to the JNIA for Kigoma Airport arrival at 03:00 PM that you will start the journey to Gombe National Park or have a view of Kigoma Town. At the evening you will sleep at the camp at Kigoma Town or Gombe National Park with night games at the camp where you will start describe the map of Kigoma Town and location of the park and the history of Dr. Jane Goodall research at Gombe National Park and the rest of the remaining days activities.
The day where you will find your self at the middle of the nature that you want
Mikoko Tours & Safaris is a nature based tour that will connect you to the nature you want. At the early morning you will wake up and start the birdwatch activity then start to discover types of birds available at Gombe National Park. At the following stage you have to come back at the camp have morning tea then have next step activity you are interested or having animals study by viewing them at the park and have description of each animal in details following the nature standards developed by MTS. At the Noon it is a nature lunch in which the team will take you to the camp and take the luch you want. After the lunch you have to brainstorm while viewing noon nature experience that will be the real nature life of African wildlife while observing great apes at the middle of the forest. At the approaching time to the evening you will take a route to the other places where you will see and observe the river which is the most part that describe Saadani National park and see how the great apes survive in the forest by using primitive tools and technology. At the night you will take the next step of the life to have nature lesson at the night following with nature dinner at the camp, then take a sleep.
Visit fish village and nature local tour
Wake up early in the morning starting and start view the nature park with nature lessons. Guide will lead you to the unique nature features of Gombe National Park and brainstorming on the observation you saw the nature that you wanted to see. Continue with tour at the park while having morning tea at the middle of the park while observing the park rules without break any park rules. Session will continue for five hours to the local community and visit school around Gombe National Park. At the afternoon the guide will lead you to the next side of the conservation perimeter which will connect you with local community play traditional ngoma (dance), observe fishing village and donate to the one of the local project at the fish village around Gombe National Park. Evening, return to the camp for final arrangements and observe the park logistics for next day timetable.
Wakeup early in the morning take a tea and start learning what Dr. Jane Goodall have been contributing to Gombe National Park through Gombe Stream Research Center (GSRC) the project under Jane Goodall Institute - Tanzania and how they link the research to the community around Gombe and the world at larger. At the noon after getting overview of Jane Goodall's works you will start to finalize the studies and have fun at the shore of lake Tanganyika. Take lunch at campsite At the evening you will take dinner and start to park for tomorrow journey back to Dar.
Final day of the program and return to Dar es salaam
Wake up early in the morning have tea and start trip to Kigoma Town. You will visit Jane Goodall Institute - Tanzania Kigoma Offices, say hi to TACARE workers and all staff visit Kigoma Regional Offices including Kigoma Scout Regional offices and say hello then start trip to Kigoma Airport trip to Dar es salaam before leave to home country.