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Chimps Of Mahale and Gombe

Information about chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park and Gombe Stream National Park.
Blog Category: Chimpanzee | Gombe NP | Mahale NP

Chimps Of Mahale and Gombe

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Chimps Of Mahale and Gombe

These are some rules if visiting the chimps of Tanzania:

  • When near the chimps, please remember to keep your voices low. This will also help you to observe the other wonderful and varied wildlife of the forest.
  • Do not point at the chimps or make any sudden movements, and avoid direct eye contact with them because they may perceive this as aggressive or threatening behavior.
  • Do not use perfume, smoke or spit.
  • Stay in a tight group when near the chimps, and try to sit or squat rather than standing, as this minimizes disturbance. Also be sure that your group does not completely surround the chimps.
  • In the unlikely event that a chimp charges towards you, move to the nearest tree, stand up and hold on tightly to the trunk. Above all, don’t panic or run. Follow your guide’s example.
  • If the chimpanzees move closer to you than permitted 10 meters, don’t make any sudden movements to increase the distance. Simply back slowly away.
  • Camera flashes must be switched off. Flash photography can disturb and antagonize the chimps.