Gombe National Park

Gombe is a long strip of rugged, mountainous terrain dominated by steep ridges. The landscape is amazing, with more than sixteen major valleys having abundant fast streams all year round.

The specificity of the park is the chimpanzees, made famous by the studies of Jane Goodall.

The other most visible mammals in Gombe are green baboons, red colobus and red-tailed colobus. The park is also home to more than two hundred species of birds, ranging from fisherman's eagles to palm vultures.

Chimps at Gombe National Park in Tanzania

Size and situation: 52 sq km
Gombe, on the shore of Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania, is Tanzania's smallest park.

Water falls at Gombe National Park in TanzaniaLandscapes: Gombe is an oblong strip of rugged, mountainous terrain dominated by many steep-sided ridges and valleys. The scenery in Gombe is stunning, with most of the 16 major valleys containing swift streams that flow all year.
The streams provide the larger mammals with drinking water, which is of great importance during dry months because some of the local fauna do not frequent the lake shore.
The area is covered by a complex mosaic of vegetation types, with rolling grasslands on the ridge crests, open semi-deciduous woodlands on the steep slopes, and thick evergreen forests along the valley floors.

The park survives as a natural habitat because it is a small, isolated ecosystem surrounded by distinct boundaries. Lake Tanganyika, which lies 772 m above sea level, forms the western boundary. The high wall of the rift escarpment, which rises another 750 m and more above the lake, forms the eastern boundary.

Wildlife: The Park's most special feature is its chimpanzees, made famous by Jane Goodall's study.
The most visible of Gombe’s other mammals are beachcomber olive baboons, red-tailed and red colobus monkeys.

The park’s over 200 bird species range from the fish eagle to the palm nut vultures.

Activities: It is a park without roads, where you can walk and experience nature with all your senses. Tracking chimpanzees usually begins early in the morning, with the guides usually starting at the area where the chimpanzees nested the previous night and tracking from there.
If chimpanzee trekking is of course the main activity, swimming and snorkeling later in the cool lake is refreshing.
The site of Henry Stanley's famous “Dr Livingstone I presume” at Ujiji near Kigoma can also be visited.

Climate: The park is open throughout the year, but the best times to visit are during the dry season (from May to October) and during the short rains (in January and February).

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