Gombe Stream National Park is located in western Tanzania, 10 miles (20 km) north of Kigoma the regional capital of western Tanzania. Established in 1968, Gombe is the smallest national park in Tanzania, with only 52 sq km of forest running along the hills of the northern shore of Lake Tanganyika.
The terrain is characterized by steep valleys, and the forest vegetation ranges from grassland to alpine bamboo to tropical rainforest. Accessible only by boat, the park is most famous as the location where Jane Goodall pioneered her behavioral research conducted on the chimpanzee populations. The Kasakela chimpanzee community is featured in several books and documentaries.
Gombe Stream’s high levels of diversity make it an increasingly popular tourist destination. Besides chimpanzees, primates inhabiting Gombe Stream include beachcomber olive baboons, red-tailed monkeys and vervet monkeys. The park is also home to many bird species and bush pigs. There are also 11 species of snakes, and occasional hippopotamus and leopards. Visitors to the park can trek into the forest to view the chimpanzees, as well as swim and snorkel in Lake Tanganyika with almost 100 kinds of colorful cichlid fish.
Gome Stream offers the opportunity to be in direct contact with the chimpanzees during the guided nature walks activities. Destination Jungle arranges trips to Gombe as an extension of our Eden Safari between Rwanda, Burundi and Congo, or as a package directly by plane from Arusha to Kigoma.