Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 4
Mammals: 8
Birds: 9
Reptiles: 5
Trees: 9

Lookout for

Duiker
Bush Pig
Bushbuck
Chimpanzee
Colobus Monkeys
Leopard
Baboon

Gombe is the smallest of Tanzania's national parks: a fragile strip of chimpanzee habitat straddling the steep slopes and river valleys that hem in the sandy northern shore of Lake Tanganyika. Its chimpanzees – habituated to human visitors – were made famous by the pioneering work of Jane Goodall, who in 1960 founded a behavioural research program that now stands as the longest-running study of its kind in the world. The matriarch Fifi, the last surviving member of the original community, only three-years old when Goodall first set foot in Gombe, is still regularly seen by visitors. The most visible of Gombe’s other mammals are also primates. A troop of beachcomber olive baboons, under study since the 1960s, is exceptionally habituated, while red-tailed and red colobus monkeys - the latter regularly hunted by chimps – stick to the forest canopy.

Why we like it

Chimpanzee hotspot, Beautiful setting on Lake Tanganyika

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 52 km²
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Chimpanzee
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Kigoma

Key Species

MAMMALS
Chimpanzee
Olive Baboon
Red-tailed Monkey
Vervet Monkey


BRIDS
African Fish Eagle
Palm-nut Vulture
Livingstone's Turaco
Tropical Boubou


REPTILES
11 Species of snake


TREES
Alpine Bamboo


HABITAT TYPES
Tropical Rainforest
Steep Valleys