Gombe Stream National Park

Gombe Stream National Park

Renowned for Jane Goodall’s research on chimpanzees, offering unique primate experiences.

Gombe Stream National Park, located on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania, is one of the smallest national parks in the country, covering just 52 square kilometers. Despite its size, Gombe is internationally renowned for its significant population of wild chimpanzees and the groundbreaking research conducted by Dr. Jane Goodall. This park offers a unique opportunity to observe primates in their natural habitat, surrounded by stunning landscapes of steep valleys, forested slopes, and the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tanganyika.

What to Expect

Visitors to Gombe Stream National Park can expect a once-in-a-lifetime experience of tracking and observing wild chimpanzees. The park is home to several habituated chimpanzee families, allowing for close and intimate encounters with these fascinating primates. In addition to chimpanzees, the park is home to other primates such as red colobus monkeys, olive baboons, and vervet monkeys.

The park’s diverse habitats, ranging from tropical rainforests to alpine bamboo, support a rich variety of flora and fauna. Birdwatchers will be delighted with the park’s avian diversity, which includes fish eagles, palm-nut vultures, and the rare Livingstone’s turaco. The pristine waters of Lake Tanganyika offer additional activities such as snorkelling, kayaking, and relaxing on the beach.

Activities and Highlights

  • Chimpanzee Trekking: Experience the thrill of tracking and observing wild chimpanzees in their natural habitat.
  • Forest Hikes: Explore the park’s lush forests on guided hikes, learning about its diverse flora and fauna.
  • Birdwatching: Discover a variety of bird species, including the fish eagle, palm-nut vulture, and Livingstone’s turaco.
    Lake Activities: Enjoy swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, and relaxing on the pristine beaches of Lake Tanganyika.
  • Cultural Visits: Engage with the local community and learn about their traditions and way of life.
    Photography: Capture stunning images of wildlife, landscapes, and the picturesque lake.
  • Research Center Visit: Learn about Jane Goodall’s pioneering research and ongoing conservation efforts.


Gombe Stream National Park offers a range of accommodation options, from comfortable lodges and tented camps to more rustic bush camps. Each provides a unique experience, whether you’re looking for comfort, adventure, or an authentic wilderness experience.

Travel Tips

  • Best Time to Visit: The dry season (June to October) is ideal for chimpanzee trekking and other outdoor activities. The wet season (November to May) can be more challenging for trekking but offers lush landscapes and fewer tourists.
  • What to Pack: Bring lightweight clothing, sturdy hiking boots, a hat, sunscreen, binoculars, and a good camera. Warm clothing is recommended for cool mornings and evenings. Insect repellent is also essential.
  • Health and Safety: Ensure you have necessary vaccinations and anti-malaria medication. Always follow your guide’s instructions and respect the wildlife and local communities.
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