Gombe Stream national park

Gombe stream national park is a protected area and one of the smallest national parks in Tanzania. Located 20 kilometers north of Kigoma in the western Kigoma region, the park is 52 square kilometers in size and borders Lake Tanganyika to the west and thigh rift escarpment to the east.

Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park is a prime habitat for chimpanzees. It was established in 1943 as a national reserve and later elevated to national park status in 1968. Jane Goodall’s research on chimpanzees, which began in 1960 and continues to this day, is the longest-running research and study of its kind in the world.

Gombe national park is well-known for being the site of her research. Jane Goodall, at the age of 25 and without formal college training, traveled to Tanzania in 1960 and began her research on chimpanzees based on the fact that they share over 80% of their genetic code with humans. During her studies, she conducted research on Fifi, the matriarch who is the last surviving member of the first group studied by Jane Goodall when she arrived at Gombe national park; at the time of her arrival, Fifi was three years old, and today she is observed during chimpanzee tracking excursions.

The landscape of Gombe stream national park resembles that of Mahale in that it consists of a sandy shoreline, steep slopes and river valleys of forested mountains, and is dominated by rolling grasslands, evergreen and steep slopes covered in semi-deciduous forest. This park is home to various species of primates, including baboons, blue monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, black-and-white colobus monkeys, and many others. Gombe national park is acknowledged as a prime primate territory in Tanzania and is home to over 150 habituated chimpanzees.

Between November and April, Gombe national park is home to over two hundred species of wildlife, including both resident and migratory species. African broadbill, Black saw-wing, Crowned eagle, Double-toothed barbet, Kenya rufous sparrow, Livingstone’s turaco, Palm-nut vulture, Peter’s twinspot, Red-capped robin-chat, Red-chested cuckoo, Ross’s turaco, Yellow-rumped tinkerbird, and many others are among the bird species in Gombe national park.

Activities At Gombe Stream National Park

Chimpanzee tracking

Gombe stream national park’s premier safari activity is chimpanzee tracking; the park’s chimpanzees have been habituated for tracking and made accustomed to human presence. In Gombe stream national park, chimpanzee tracking begins with a briefing on the rules and regulations that must be followed, after which participants enter the tropical forests in search of chimpanzees. The pinnacle of this experience is observing chimpanzee groups engaged in play and living their own lives. While monitoring chimpanzees, you may also see dik-dik, bushbucks, bush pigs, and other animals.

Gombe Stream national park
Chimpanzee tracking in Gombe Stream national park

Birding excursion

Gombe stream national park is a haven for Tanzania birding safaris, boasting over 200 bird species including resident and migratory bird species. A birding safari offers the chance to see birds such as the African broadbill, Black saw-wing, Crowned eagle, Double-toothed barbet, Kenya Rufous sparrow, Livingstone’s turaco, Palm-nut vulture, Peter’s Twinspots, Red-

Guided nature walks

Gombe stream national park is an ideal location for guided nature walks, as the park is naturally endowed with precipitous valleys, streams, and rivers, as well as diverse vegetation covers such as alpine bamboo, tropical rainforests, and grasslands, all of which are encountered during a guided nature walk. On this same excursion, you will have the opportunity to visit the former feeding station of Goodall’s foundation, where she began her chimpanzee research. Henry Stanely and Dr. Livingstone first met in 1871 at the ancient feeding station.

Boat excursions

In Gombe park, boat trips on Lake Tanganyika and the park’s rivers provide breathtaking views of the park’s verdant surroundings and blue waters. Boat rides in Gombe national park can be arranged upon request and are available in the mornings and afternoons; this experience rewards travelers with views of birds and animals such as chimpanzees, as well as a wonderful opportunity to take breathtaking photographs.

Hiking excursions

Hiking safaris in Gombe stream national park are an exciting safari experience that offers amazing encounters with the park’s green vegetation and scenic views of the surrounding area. Hiking is also a form of exercise as it challenges your physical ability and puts your muscles to action. Hiking in Gombe stream national park takes you through heavily forested green hills and tropical forests, offering views of unique wild flower species and plants, wildlife species such as chimpanzees, and birds including trumpeter hornbill, horn bill, kingfishers, sunbirds, Palmnut vulture, and many others.

Fishing excursions

Fishing safaris are a very entertaining safari activity in which tourists have the opportunity to test their fishing skills for enjoyment in Lake Tanganyika. Lake Tanganyika is home to numerous fish species, including Lake Tanganyika sardine, Tanganyika killifish, Lake Tanganyika sprat, Tanganyika slates, and enormous tilapia, which can be captured during a fishing excursion. To partake in a fishing safari in Gombe Stream National Park, you must purchase a fishing license that includes a fishing guide.

Swimming safaris

Gombe national park is located adjacent to Lake Tanganyika, the second oldest freshwater lake in the world and the second largest lake in East Africa; swimming safaris are conducted in this lake. Swimming excursions provide a refreshing and relaxing experience away from the scorching sun as you play in the lake’s placid waters.


Gombe Stream National Park is only accessible by water and air. Domestic flights are available from Dar-es-Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport to Kilimanjaro International Airport. The Kilimanjaro International Airport is accessible via vehicle conveyance to Kigoma, and the park is accessible via boat from Kigoma.


In Gombe stream national park, there are a variety of accommodation establishments of varying status; these establishments are classified as luxury, moderate, and budget.

Luxury include GHN Lake Tanganyika Hotel, Kigoma Hilltop Hotel, Gombe Executive Lodge, Mbali Mbali Gombe Lodge, Triple J resort and many more.

Midrange include Gombe forest lodge, leader’s lodge, Mahale classic lodge, sunset Vista Hotel and many more

Budget include Gombe Bandas, janda lodge, one point, Muzye lodge

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