Holiday Destination - Gombe Stream

Gombe Stream Holiday Travel

Gombe Stream National Park, located on the western border of Tanzania and the Congo. It's the smallest park in Tanzania located 24 kilometers from Kigoma town and north of Mahale Forest National Park.

The park is only accessible by boat the park is made up of narrow mountain strip of land about 16 kilometers long and 5 kilometers wide on the shore of Lake Tanganyika. Gombe is home to over 150 chimpanzees and was made famous by the renowned zoologist Dr Jane Godall in her study to establish the behavior of these primates.

The terrain is distinguished by steep valleys, and the forest vegetation ranges from grassland to alpine bamboo to tropical rainforest. This type of vegetation is unique in Tanzania and has been supporting a large number of Chimpanzee, Baboons, and bird species.

Besides chimpanzees, other primates inhabiting Gombe Stream include beachcomber, olive baboons, red-tailed monkeys, and velvet monkeys. The park is also home to over 200 bird species and bushpigs. There are also 11 species of snakes, and occasional hippopotamus and leopards.

The best time to visit Gombe is during the dry season, May to October, and during the short rains in January and February.