Western Circuit Gombe Stream National Park

  • Size: 52 km sq
  • Distance from Arusha: 1,020 km
  • Distance from Kigoma: 16 Km
  • Established: 1968

Description:

The Gombe stream national park is located on the north-eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika near the border with Burundi. The landscape of the park is made up of steep valleys, streams, and rivers. The vegetation changes from tropical rainforests, alpine bamboo to grasslands – like that of neighboring Mahale Mountains National Park. Air charters land in Kigoma few times in a week, but accessibility into the park is limited to boats departing from Kigoma town.

Gombe is famous for a population of chimpanzees live within the park. These incredible primates habituated to humans can be seen on a walking safari through the forests. Other primates seen in the park include vervet monkeys, beachcomber olive baboons and red-tailed monkeys.

Bushbucks and bush pigs can also be seen foraging on the forest floors from time to time.

The park is home to over 200 species of birds, amongst the most commonly seen are fish eagles, palm nut vultures, tropical boubous and trumpeter hornbills. Lake Tanganyika with is clear water is home to over 100 cichlid species as well as hippos. Apart from walking safari to see the chimpanzees and forest at Gombe. Lake Tanganyika is also a wonderful place to go snorkeling and swimming, or just relax on the white sand.

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