Gombe Stream National Park Safari in Tanzania
Gombe Stream National Park lies on the shore of Lake Tanganyika in the western part of the country, 6 km north of the town of Kigoma near the Burundi border.
Kigoma is the final destination on the railway line from Dar es Salaam, built by German specialists until 1914, as well as the main port of Lake Tanganyika, which is connected by ferry to the ports of Zambia, Congo and Burundi. Lake Tanganyika was formed in a tectonic fault and therefore has steep, high banks. Its depth is 1470 m, slightly less than that of Baikal, its bottom is located 660 m below the sea level, and the area is 231000 km².
The Park Gombe Stream is small, its area is only 158 km². Most of the park is covered with woods, inhabited by a lot of chimpanzees, vervet monkeys, baboons, wild swine, small antelopes and many tropical birds.
Since 1968, the park is the world center for studying chimps and the place where the longest observing program for wildlife is held. The beginning was set in 1960 by British naturalist Jane Goodale. Now the sixth generation of chimpanzees is being studied. The small size of Gombe Stream is easily allowed to walk across the park, so do not miss the opportunity to wander longer to meet a few chimpanzees on the way.
After dusk the lake is lit by the lanterns of hundreds of wooden boats, floating on the water like a sprawling town.
About Gombe Stream National Park
Size: 52 sq km (20 sq miles), Tanzania's smallest park.
Location: 16 km (10 miles) north of Kigoma on the shore of Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania.
Getting to Gombe Stream National Park
Kigoma is connected to Dar and Arusha by scheduled flights, to Dar and Mwanza by a slow rail service, to Mwanza, Dar and Mbeya by rough dirt roads, and to Mpulungu in Zambia by a weekly ferry.
From Kigoma, local lake-taxis take up to three hours to reach Gombe Stream National Park, or motorboats can be chartered, taking less than one hour.
What to do in Gombe Stream National Park
Chimpanzee trekking; hiking, swimming and snorkelling;
visit the site of Henry Stanley's famous “Dr Livingstone I presume” at Ujiji near Kigoma, and watch the renowned dhow builders at work.
When to go to Gombe Stream National Park
The chimps don't roam as far in the wet season (February-June, November-mid December) so may be easier to find;
better picture opportunities in the dry (July-October and late December).
Accommodation in Gombe Stream National Park
1 new luxury tented lodge, as well a self-catering hostel, guest house and campsites on the lakeshore.
Strict rules are in place to safeguard you and the chimps. Allow at least 2 days to see them - this is not a zoo so there are no guarantees where they'll be each day