Gombe Stream National Park


Formed in 1968 to protect its resident chimpanzees made famous by Dr Jane Goodall, this is the smallest of Tanzania’s National Parks. A narrow strip of land along the shores of Lake Tanzania rises into mountainous folds and valleys full of towering indigenous trees and palms forms the park. There are no roads, no phones and no electricity. This is real jungle and in it the creatures of Africa rule.

Chimpanzees rule the roost here, They share the canopy with red colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, red-tailed monkeys and olive baboons. Young baboons play in the water and may even submerge themselves, whilst elephants, buffaloes and leopards also inhabit this park.

May to October is dry and the best time for forest walks, although the light rains of October and November are also fine. Mid-December to February are dry and hot. the long rains are from March to May when insects come to life and the forest becomes very slippery.

Facts

  • Gombe is Tanzania’s smallest National Park having gained its status in 1968.
  • It is situated at the country’s western border with Zambia, which cuts through the middle of Lake Tanganyika.
  • This is a malarial area.
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