Gombe Stream National Park is the smallest of Tanzania’s National Park which is located in the western part of Tanzania (Kigoma Region) covering an area size of 52 sq. km. The park is easily accessible by boat from Kigoma Town Center which is 16 km to the South and borders Lake Tanganyika to the west, the deepest cold-water lake in Africa and the world’s longest and second deepest at 1400 meters deep. At Gombe Stream, you will experience the nature on foot (walking safaris) accompanied by the Park guide.
The park’s most special feature is its chimpanzees, made famous by Jane Goodall’s study in 1960s. Chimpanzees are classed as one of the world’s endangered species, and is the primary visitor attraction in Gombe. The primates found in the National Park includes olive baboons, blue monkeys, red-tailed monkeys and Velvet Monkeys. Over 250 species of birds are recorded in the area and occasionally hippos and leopards can be seen. It’s also a home of over 100 species of colorful fishes. Other primates include bush pigs and bush bucks.
The park’s vegetation varies from the evergreen forests of tall trees to open woodlands and grasslands. There are really rewarding findings for birdwatchers.