Gombe National Park
Gombe, designated as a game reserve in 1943, was upgraded into a national park status in 1968. The park is located 16 km north of Kigoma town on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania. It covers an area of 56 square kilometers and is a fragile habitat for chimpanzee. Gombe gained its popularity after the research of Dr Jane Goodall which is believed to be the longest running study of primates in the world.
Chimpanzee can be trekked throughout the year. However, for plants/insects and better chimpanzee spotting, the best time is during wet season (November to mid May) and for the best photo taking (May to October).
Main Tourist attractions
The Chimpanzee are Sharing more than 98% of our genes, it’s a look of recognition from our closest animal relative.
Colobus, Red-tailed and Blue monkeys
The majority of the park’s mammals are primates, most of them forest species. Likely to be seen, in addition to the famous chimpanzees, are the colorful red-tailed and blue monkeys.
Kakombe and Mkenke waterfall
The longest and deepest lake in Africa which harbours about 350 species of fish, most of them endemic. The lake shore offers sun bathing and sunset viewing opportunities.
Inside the park: Rest house and one luxury tented camp.
Outside the park: In Kigoma town