"Home of the kasakela chimpanzee community"

GOMBE STREAM NATIONAL PARK

A stunning park featuring mist-covered forested mountains cascading down to the lake Tanganyika’s crystal-clear waters teeming with fish lapping against white sand coves.

REASONS TO VISIT GOMBE STREAM NATIONAL PARK

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Chimpanzees

Mahale is probably the best place in the world for chimp safaris with around 1,700 Chimpanzees in the park.

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Chimpanzees

Mahale is probably the best place in the world for chimp safaris with around 1,700 Chimpanzees in the park.

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Chimpanzees

Mahale is probably the best place in the world for chimp safaris with around 1,700 Chimpanzees in the park.

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Chimpanzees

Mahale is probably the best place in the world for chimp safaris with around 1,700 Chimpanzees in the park.

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Chimpanzees

Mahale is probably the best place in the world for chimp safaris with around 1,700 Chimpanzees in the park.

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Chimpanzees

Mahale is probably the best place in the world for chimp safaris with around 1,700 Chimpanzees in the park.

WHERE AM I

Serengeti National Park

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Ngorongoro Crater

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Lake Manyara

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Tarangire National Park

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Arusha National Park

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Mt. Kilimanjaro

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Ruaha National Park

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Lake Victoria

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Lake Tanganyika

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Selous Game Reserve

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Gombe Stream National Park

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Mikumi National Park

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Mahale Mountains

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Zanzibar

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Mount Meru

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Geography

Gombe Stream National Park is located in western Kigoma Region, Tanzania, 10 miles (20 km) north of Kigoma, the capital of Kigoma Region. It has an area of only 52 sq km.

Accommodation

Accommodation at Gombe Stream National Park is limited to a luxury camp and rest houses.

Inquiries

If you have any questions with regards to accommodation or Gombe Stream National Park contact us and let one of our experts create your dream safari.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Activities

At Gombe Stream National Park you can go on forest walks, chimp trekking, birding or relaxing on the sandy beaches of lake Tanganyika.

Experiences

Getting Gombe Stream National Park may take long, tracking chimps is sweaty work but the forest walks, primates and landscapes ensure that it’s something you will never forget or regret

JANE GOODALL

Lake Manyara National Park is known for it's prolific elephant population. The elephants which are normally very relaxed can usually be viewed at close quarters. While the neighbouring Tarangire National Park is home to Tanzania’s largest elephant population, it is in Lake Manyara that has Africa’s largest concentration of elephants.

ABOUT GOMBE STREAM NATIONAL PARK

Established in 1968, Gombe Stream National park is located near the Burundi border on the world’s longest lake, Lake Tanganyika, it is rich in both human and natural history. Nearby is the village of Ujiji, where historians believe British researcher H.M. Stanley uttered the famous words “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” in 1871 upon encountering fellow adventurer David Livingstone, who had been believed dead. Livingstone, though seriously ill, convinced Stanley to join him on a search for the source of the Nile — a quest that took them through the Gombe Valley.

Accessible only by boat, the park is most famous as the location where Jane Goodall pioneered her behavioral research conducted on the chimpanzee populations contributed the drive to combine the preservation of primate wildlife habitats with the development of eco-tourism and the beneficial involvement of indigenous human communities in Tanzania. The Kasakela chimpanzee community, featured in several books and documentaries, lives in Gombe Stream National Park.

TOP ATTRACTIONS

WILDLIFE

Gombe's chimp are the main attraction, but the park is also home to a troop of habituated olive baboons that can usually be found on the lakeshore. There are several other monkey species present, including red colobus monkeys, which are sometimes hunted by the chimps. The park is also home to over 200 bird species, and bushpigs. There are also 11 species of snakes, and occasional hippopotami and leopards.

SCENERY

Gombe lies at the shore of Lake Tanganyika. The forest is lush and divided by 13 streams which run down the escarpment to the sandy beach. To swim out and look back at the way the forested slopes climb up the steep escarpment is an unforgettable experience.

ACCOMMODATION: Gombe Forest Lodge | Rest Houses

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The climate in Gombe is warm to hot and humid. Unlike the northern parks, the nights in Gombe are not cold but comfortable year round. Daytime temperatures are around 26°C/79°F and it cools down at night to around 16°C/61°F. The altitude in Gombe is varied, from 767 to 1606m (2516-5269ft). This results in variations in climate within the park. Temperatures drop by about 6.5°C for every 1000m you climb (or 3.5°F per 1000ft). The area accessible to tourists is mostly at lower altitudes.

The Dry season is from May to October. Unlike the coastal areas and northern parks (which have two Wet seasons with a dry spell in between) Gombe has one continuous Wet season from November to April. It rarely rains all day, but afternoon thundershowers can be expected.

Tracking chimpanzees in Gombe National Park can be done throughout the year, but the odds of finding them quickly is better towards the end of the Dry season from July to October. This is when the chimps tend to stick to the lower slopes. In the Wet season it might take 3 or 4 hours to locate the chimps. 

 

Best time to go:

July to October

High Season:

July to October (Gombe doesn't get crowded any time of the year)

Low Season:

April and May (Most lodges are closed)

Best Weather:

June to October (Little to no rainfall)

Worst Weather:

November to April (Wet season)

Did you know....

FUN FACTS :- The park was established in 1968 | Gombe Stream is Tanzania’s smallest national park | Jane Goodall first traveled to Tanzania in 1960 at the age of 26 | Gombe Stream Research Center (GSRC) was established in 1967

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