- Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join a chimpanzee research scientist at the Gombe research area, made famous by Dr. Jane Goodall
- Three days of trekking through the forest in search of chimpanzees, with myriad birds, red colobus monkeys, and baboons along the way
- Enjoy evening sundowners on the shore of Lake Tanganyika
- Luxury stay at Ngorongoro Crater to see the “Big 5”
- Visit to Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world
- Spend a day trekking to see mountain gorillas and endangered golden monkeys the following day
- Meet with mountain gorilla researchers from the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund
- Carefully curated trip featuring excellent arrangements and transport by a long-time African travel expert
Are you ready for a real adventure—not just a view of wild animals from a platform or Land Rover? Then this is the trip for you!
Gilby is a Research Affiliate with the Institute of Human Origins and the Codirector of the Gombe chimpanzee database, which contains detailed daily observations collected at Gombe over the last 55 years, and continuing today.
By trekking through the forest and observing this iconic chimpanzee population, you will learn from Dr. Gilby the life stories of individual chimpanzees and how their personalities affect their social relationships, how and why they cooperate, and how environmental challenges are changing their lives. While at Gombe, you will also have the opportunity to hear from researchers studying other primates, including baboons and red colobus monkeys.
For the second half of the trip, you will stay at the edge the Ngorongoro Crater for the quintessential African animal experience, and then Olduvai Gorge, an area essential to understanding how our genus, Homo, evolved.
Finally, trek into the forests of Rwanda to observe wild mountain gorillas and golden monkeys and meet with gorilla researchers working at Karisoke, the site made famous by the pioneering work of Dian Fossey.