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Gombe Stream National Park

Gombe is the answer to sameness observed in major national parks of Tanzania like Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Selous etc. Even though all of them are different in their own ways, they more or less offer the same game viewing experience comprising of plain animals and predators. But Gombe Stream National Park specializes in something else - chimpanzees. From the town of Kigoma, it is 20 km distance.

Covering an area of around 35 sq km, Gombe Stream is among the smallest national parks in Tanzania. The park in its entirety is located at high elevation and covered with dense forest reserve. The terrain features steep valleys, tropical rainforests, and alpine bamboo, and dense grassland. Moreover, limited number of people are allowed into the park each day. These two factors create the perfect ecosystem for conserving the endangered chimpanzees. Pant-hoots and whoops often echoes in the park and so does chirping along with other sounds. They live in families consisting of 4 to upwards of 40 members. Tracking the chimpanzee families is the main activity enjoyed by tourist along with hiking and boating in the nearby Lake Tanganyika.

The park among the primatologist fraternity is synonymous with Jane Goodall Research Research Institute which was founded by Jane herself and is actively working on Chimp research projects.

Besides chimps, you can spot Beachcomber olive baboons, red-tailed and red colobus monkeys on any given day. Look out for the 200 bird species that inhabit the park.

You Will See

Buffalo

Buffalo

100%
Giraffe

Giraffe

80%
Lion

Lion

80%

Fox

30%
Wildebeest

Wildebeest

100%
Elephant

Elephant

100%
Zebra

Zebra

100%
Leopard

Leopard

80%
Hippo

Hippo

90%
White Rhino

Rhino

15%

When to go

Gombe Stream National Park is open for tourist all year round. However the best

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Gombe Stream National Park is open for tourist all year round. However the best time to visit the park is during the dry season, from July to October as it is easier to trace the chimpanzee as they stay nearer to the lakeshore.

Art & Culture

Renowned as Jane Goodall territory Gombe is the smallest park in Tanzania.

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Renowned as Jane Goodall territory Gombe is the smallest park in Tanzania. The park is perched on shores of Africa's deepest and longest freshwater lake, Lake Tanganyika, which has a basin 10 million who are primarily engaged in fishing, livestock rearing, and farming. Take a closer look at how the life a fisherman looks likes and discover their secrets of fishing. Observe life around the lakes and learn how the boats are made and join them on the fishing trip for a rewarding catch of the day.

Culinary

The culinary spread of Gombe has the characteristics of traditional Tanzanian

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The culinary spread of Gombe has the characteristics of traditional Tanzanian food with the added specialty of fish cuisines thanks to Lake Tanganyika’s waters are teeming with hundreds of species that are found nowhere else in the world. Break your day with a cup of chai and flatbread or of Mandazi, a fried dough (donut). Alternatively, you can try Uji, a millet porridge. But there’s no escaping the omnipresent Ugali, , and cassava flour porridge beans and a vegetable called mchicha (kind of like spinach) are the two side dishes. Meat samosas and fried bananas along Mishikaki (marinated, grilled meat kebabs) and nyama choma (seasoned roasted meat) are widely available to be relished.

How to go

Gombe Stream National Park is one of the remote parks situated in Tanzania, it can

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Gombe Stream National Park is one of the remote parks situated in Tanzania, it can only accessible by waterways.

Waterways:

Kimoga Town is the connecting point to the park where boat rides and private motor rides are easily available. These rides usually take one hour to reach the park. You can also take ‘Lake taxis’ or public motorboat facilities which takes around 4 hours from Kigoma to reach Gombe.

Airways:

Tourist arriving from outside Tanzania, can either arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport in Arusha town or Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar Es Salaam and then take a domestic flight to Kigoma Airport. From where you can take the boat ride to Gombe.

Activites

During your visit to Gombe Stream National Park, you can indulge yourself in the

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During your visit to Gombe Stream National Park, you can indulge yourself in the following activities:

  • Chimp Trekking
  • Hiking
  • Birding
  • Forest trails
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Snorkelling

What to see?

Gombe National Park is famous for its population of the habituated chimpanzee

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Gombe National Park is famous for its population of the habituated chimpanzee. Olive baboons and other monkey species including red colobus monkeys and vervet monkeys can also be spotted at the park. It also has a rich aviary species, around 200 bird species including the fish eagles, palm nut vultures are also found in the Park.

The Uniqueness of Gombe Stream National Park

  • Gombe Stream National Park is the smallest national park in Tanzania measuring 35km sq.
  • The park was formed in 1968 to protect the chimpanzees, only around 90 reside here.
  • Dr Jane Goodall founded the Gombe Stream Research Centre in 1965 to study the chimpanzee's behaviour.

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