Gombe Stream National Park

Gombe Stream National Park

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Overview

Located 20km north of Kigoma on the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika, Gombe Stream National Park is the smallest national park in Tanzania. Jane Goodall conducted her years of chimp research in the park covering an area of 52 sq km.

Before Jane’s research in Gombe, it was thought humans were the only individuals on the planet who use tools to do work. Gombe has been the hub of revolutionary research ever since, led by the Jane Goodall Institute who focuses on chimpanzees, conservation and community.

The stunning scenery of Gombe includes almost 16 valleys; lush green forest and lakeshore contribute their share to enhance the beauty of the Park.

The Wildlife

The unique ecosystem of Gombe harbours different a wide range of animals including vervet monkeys, beachcomber olive baboons and red tailed monkeys.

Different types of primates can also be seen in a walking safari through the forest. Other animals like bushbucks and bush pigs can also be seen strolling in the forest.

The Birdlife

About 200 different types of birds are habitants of Gombe National Park. The most common are palm nut vultures, tropical boubous, fish eagles, and trumpeter hornbills. The clear water is home to over 100 cichlid species and hippos.

Gombe Stream National Park

Best Time To Visit

Trekking chimpanzees in Gombe National Park can be done throughout the year, but the Dry season, from July to October offers a great view. The chimps are easier to find on walks or hikes through the forest.

In the wet season (November to April), the chimps are hard to locate.

Gombe Stream National Park

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Gombe Stream National Park

How To Go

How To Go

Gombe Stream National Park can be reached by boat from Kigoma town. The point of entry to the land is Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Arusha town or Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam.

Domestic flight to Kigoma Airport and then charter private motor boat to the Park is also available. The boat trip will take only one hour to reach the park.

In most cases, your tour operator will pick you up from the airport and guide you further.

Uniqueness

  • Incredible chimpanzee viewing experience
  • 200-odd bird species can be found
  • Dense forest vegetation on the shoreline of Lake Tanganyika
  • Very exclusive and not crowded
Gombe Stream National Park

Uniqueness

Gombe Stream National Park

Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • A chance to come face to face with chimps
  • Beautiful thick forest at the shore of Lake Tanganyika
  • Watching wildlife on a hike which is not possible from a safari vehicle
  • Very exclusive and not crowded

Cons

  • Difficult to get to and accommodation options are limited

Activities

  • Chimpanzee Trekking
  • Nature Walk
  • Swimming
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
Gombe Stream National Park

Activities

Gombe Stream National Park

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Location

Gombe National Park is located in the western Kigoma Region, Tanzania, 10 miles (20 km) north of Kigoma.

The point of entry to the land is Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Kilimanjaro town or Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam.

Domestic flight to Kigoma Airport and then charter private motor boat to the Park is also available. The boat trip will take only one hour to reach the park.

What to see

Best place to track chimpanzees

Except for chimpanzees, the park is also good for primate viewing

Swimming offers visitors an unforgettable experience to relax enjoying the view of the forested slopes.

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