Gombe Stream National Park 147

Chimpanzee at Gombe Stream National ParkChimpanzee at Gombe Stream National Park

This is the smallest of Tanzania's National Parks and was formed in 1968 to give protection to its resident chimpanzees, made famous by Dr Jane Goodall.

The trekking will be done through a narrow strip of land along the shores of Lake Tanganyika which rises into the mountainous folds and valleys dotted with towering oil nut palms and indigenous trees dangling with intertwining vines. The park provides a real jungle atmosphere with no roads, no phones, and no electricity.

The Park
The main attraction of this park are the chimps, but the canopy also harbours other primates like red colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, olive baboons etc. Because of the ongoing research since hte 1960s, the chimpanzees are well habituated to humans. However, respect and understanding is the key to a rewarding and successful chimpanzee encounter. Bird species liek pied wagtails and sandpipers can be seen dashing in and out of the lapping waves along with butterflies who cloud up the sky in confetti-like setting. Over the lakeshore, palm nut vultures glide over, and the young baboons can be seen playing cheerfully in the water, sometimes even by submerging themselves. Besides them, plain animals like buffaloes, leopards, and elephants are sometimes seen in the park.     

Seasons

 

Dry Season: The best time for forest walks which is between May to October. Although light rain does occur mostly towards the start of October, the park normally remains dry.

Rainy Season: the long rain start from March and last till May. The wet environment makes the forest very slippery and brings insects and reptiles to life

Attractions

  • Close encounters with chimpanzees
  • Foot safaris into real African jungle
  • Lake Tanganyika - an inland sea

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.

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