Gombe Stream National Park

Best known for its habituated chimpanzee population, Gombe Stream National Park provides visitors with a unique
opportunity to witness these incredible primates (sharing 98% of our human DNA) in their natural habitat.

GOMBE STREAM NATIONAL PARK

Destination Overview

Gombe Stream National Park is located in western Kigoma Region, Tanzania, 20 km north of Kigoma. Established in 1968, Gombe is the smallest national park in Tanzania, with only 52 sq km of forest running along the hills of the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika. It is located only 100km north of Mahale Mountains National Park and is accessible only by boat. The terrain is distinguished by steep valleys, and the forest vegetation ranges from grassland to alpine bamboo to tropical rainforest. Gombe Stream is best known as the place where Jane Goodall did her pioneering studies on chimpanzees, beginning in the 1960s and continuing until this day. It's one of the two places in Tanzania for a chimpanzee safari.

Where to find Gombe National Park

Basic Facts, Attractions

Gombe is the smallest of Tanzania's National Parks: a fragile strip of chimpanzee habitat across the steep slopes and river valleys that hem in the sandy northern shore of Lake Tanganyika.

  • Area: 52 sq km (20 sq miles), Tanzania's smallest park.
  • Location: 16 km (10 miles) north of Kigoma on the shore of Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania.

Attractions

  • Chimpanzees, a troop of beachcomber olive baboons, red-tailed and red colobus monkeys
  • The park’s 200-odd bird species

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