Gombe Stream National Park

from $191 /person

Location and How to Reach:

Gombe National Park is located in western Tanzania, along the shores of Lake Tanganyika. The nearest major city is Kigoma, which is accessible by air from Dar es Salaam or by train from Dar es Salaam or Tabora. From Kigoma, visitors can take a boat to reach the park, which usually takes about an hour.

Fun Facts:

  1. Gombe National Park is renowned for its population of chimpanzees, which were studied by primatologist Jane Goodall starting in the 1960s. Her groundbreaking research revolutionized our understanding of chimpanzee behavior and their similarities to humans.
  2. The park is one of the smallest national parks in Tanzania, covering an area of only 52 square kilometers.
  3. Gombe is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including various monkey species, baboons, bushbucks, and over 200 bird species.

Tourist Attractions:

  1. Chimpanzee Trekking: The main attraction of Gombe National Park is the opportunity to trek through the forest and observe wild chimpanzees in their natural habitat.
  2. Hiking Trails: The park offers several hiking trails that wind through lush forest, offering opportunities to spot other wildlife and enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Tanganyika.
  3. Boating: Visitors can take boat trips on Lake Tanganyika for fishing or simply to enjoy the stunning scenery and observe the diverse birdlife.
  4. Birdwatching: Gombe is a paradise for birdwatchers, with a wide variety of bird species inhabiting the forest and shoreline.

Best Time to Visit:

The best time to visit Gombe National Park is during the dry season, from June to October when chimpanzee trekking is easier due to reduced vegetation and wildlife congregating around water sources. However, chimpanzees can be observed year-round, so the park is accessible throughout the year.


  • Budget: There are basic campsites available within the park for budget travelers who prefer a more rustic experience.
  • Mid-Range: For mid-range options, there are several lodges and guesthouses in Kigoma town, offering comfortable accommodations and easy access to the park.
  • Luxury: For those seeking luxury accommodations, there are a few upscale lodges located on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, offering exclusive amenities and stunning views of the lake and surrounding wilderness.


  1. Do I need a permit to visit Gombe National Park? Yes, visitors need a permit to enter the park, which can be obtained from the Tanzania National Parks Authority or through authorized tour operators.
  2. Is it safe to trek with chimpanzees? Yes, guided chimpanzee treks are conducted by experienced park rangers who ensure the safety of visitors and the chimpanzees.
  3. What should I pack for my trip to Gombe? It is recommended to pack sturdy walking shoes, lightweight clothing suitable for hot and humid conditions, insect repellent, sunscreen, a hat, and a camera for capturing the incredible wildlife and scenery.
  4. Are there any health precautions I should take before visiting Gombe? It is advisable to consult a healthcare professional regarding any necessary vaccinations or malaria prophylaxis before traveling to Gombe National Park. Additionally, visitors should be prepared for hot and humid conditions and take precautions to prevent dehydration and sunburn.