Gombe National Park or more commonly known as Gombe Stream National Park is one of the iconic national parks of the Western circuit. The national park is located in the Kigoma, which is the capital of the Kigoma region. The national park was established in 1968.
It is one of the smallest national parks in the country that acquires 35 km2. The landscape of the national park is diverse. You will traverse through steep valleys and forest vegetation ranges from woodland, tropical rainforest, and grasslands.
The Gombe Stream national park is situated in a remote location. It is accessible only by boat. The national park is famous worldwide due to one name Dr. Jane Godall. She travelled to Tanzania at the age of 26 and dedicated her life to studying the behavior of chimpanzees. She settled down a small research center in Gombe with the help of renowned anthropologist Louis Leakey. She spent months tracking and observing the daily life of the Chimps, particularly the Kasekela chimpanzee community.
Dr. Goodall lived in Gombe for fifteen years. In the year of 1967, the Gombe Stream Research Center (GSRC) was founded which coped with the ongoing research on Chimps by Jane Goodall.
The Gombe Stream National park offers great biodiversity. Apart from Chimpanzees tourists can get introduced to various primates life in the national park. Few of them are; olive baboons, red colobus, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, and vervet monkeys. Not only primates but the national park offers a fair chance to spot various species of snakes, hippos, and leopards.
As the Lake Tanganyika is just beside the national park, it is possible to spend some tranquil moments near the lake. Lake Tanganyika is the largest freshwater lakes of Africa as well as the second deepest lake in the world. You can take an amazing opportunity for swimming and snorkeling with 100 kinds of colorful cichlid fishes in Lake Tanganyika.