Gombe Stream National Park Overview

Gombe Stream National Park Settled on the Lake Tanganyika shoreline (in western Tanzania) this is perhaps the best spot for very close experiences with chimpanzees on the planet. In 1960 Dr. Jane Goodall started research in the Kakombe Valley (within Kigoma District in Tanzania); in 1968 Gombe National Park was established and then in 1967 the Gombe Stream Research Center was started. The park is located 16 km north of Kigoma town and It covers an area of 56 square kilometers and is a fragile habitat for chimpanzees. It’s likewise an excellent spot where green forested mountains course down to the lakeshore, perfectly clear waters lap against white sand bays and the fog secured pinnacle of Mount Nkungwe can be found out of sight. Other than the enormous chimp populaces, the mountains are also home to other primates including yellow baboons and the red colobus.

Wildlife in Gombe Stream National Park

Gombe Stream National Park is high levels of diversity make it an increasingly popular tourist destination. Besides chimpanzees, primates inhabiting Gombe Stream 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 bush pigs. There are also 11 species of snakes, and occasional hippopotami and leopards.

The best time to visit Gombe

Gombe Stream National Park receives visitors throughout the year, however the best times to visit are during the dry season, which is between May to October, and during the short rains of January and February. We can tailor an itinerary to suit your exact requirements, just contact us, and will be happy to help.

What to do in Gombe Stream National Park

Gombe is outstanding and the absence of roads implies that guests walk and experience nature with the entirety of their senses. 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.

Climate in gombe

The park is found between the lake Tanganyika and the rift escarpment on the eastern side, around 3 to 4 kilometers inland. The altitude ranges from 775 meters above sea level at the side close to the lake and then 1500 meters on the side near the ledge. It is a sloping terrain that steeply ascends from the shore of the lake to the peak of the rift escarpment. There are sheer-sided valleys that run from the rift escarpment down to the lake which are intersected by bottomless ravines that from the ridges in-between the valleys. The Vegetation is a blend of grasslands, open woodlands, semi deciduous forest as well as evergreen forest.

Getting there

Gombe Stream National Park is not accessed by Road due to the fact that it’s located in the rift valley, and the park can only be accessed by Water Transport. The nearest town to Gombe national park is Kigoma, the remote areas near the park and it has an airstrip, Travelers from Arusha, Nyerere Airport can take a domestic flight to Kigoma airstrip from where they will take a 10 minutes boat to reach the lodge and enter the national park.

While travelers can select to visit Gombe national Park starting from Burundi and take a hour drive from Burundi capital city and transfer to Kigoma from Burundi’s side, this may take you 40 minutes to clear the customs and later take 20 minutes’ drive to access the park by Boat.