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

Tours and Activities in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania

Mahale and Gombe Chimpanzee Safari Tour

According to the World Wildlife Fund, Africa's wild chimpanzees are classified as an endangered species. Their distribution is restricted to Africa, in only a handful of countries. One of those countries is Tanzania. Gombe Stream National Park and Mahale Mountains National Park are both located on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, one of Africa's Great Lakes. Both are sanctuaries for…

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Duration: 9 Days
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Lookout for

Bush Pig
Colobus Monkeys

Key Species

Olive Baboon
Red-tailed Monkey
Vervet Monkey

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

11 Species of snake

Alpine Bamboo

Tropical Rainforest
Steep Valleys

Wildlife Ratings

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