Gombe Stream National Park
Gombe Stream National Park is located in the westernmost region of Tanzania along the shores of Lake Tanganyika. The national park encompasses an area of 14 square miles (35sq km) making it the smallest national park in Tanzania as well as most of Africa.
The park consists of grasslands, woodlands, steep valleys, and tropical rainforest. The diversity is surprising for such a small region. The area where the monkeys and primates are found is dense jungle, which some may describe as a true Tarzan-like setting.
Gombe Stream National Park is renowned as the location where the scientific research and work of Jane Goodall with Chimpanzees and other primates. Jane Goodall began her studies in the area in 1960 and her work and observations are well documented and incredibly valuable to understanding primates and their behaviors and communications.
Chimpanzees are probably considered the pinnacle attraction in the park, however, there are other primates calling the area home. Other primates include blue monkeys, olive baboons, red colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, and vervet monkeys. This is one of the highest concentrations of primates in Africa.
There are around 200 species of birds for the bird watching to pursue. Some of the other wildlife includes bush pigs, hippopotami, various snakes, small antelope, and leopards. Leopards are one of the key predators of the chimpanzee and their cousin monkeys.
Along with the chimpanzees, this is an excellent place to see a variety of primates. For people who love monkeys, this is an excellent place for a diverse collection of them.
The primary activity in the national park is guided hikes into the remote jungle to observe and experience the chimpanzees, other primates, and any other possible wildlife sightings.
Other than that, there are no trails for travelers to experience on their own. Gombe Stream National Park protects the jungle habitat that supports the chimpanzees and other primate species that live in the area.
How to get to Gombe National Park
Gombe National Park is not among the easiest or even cheapest wildlife destinations to visit. The only possible way to arrive in the park is using a boat from the town of Kigoma. Based on your itinerary, visitors might reserve their international flight into Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) situated near Arusha town or into Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) found in the capital city of Dar-es-Salaam.
Usually, your tour operator will receive you at the airport and then make all ongoing arrangements, as well as the charter flight into the park as per your arrangements, if not, you may take a taxi. Also your tour operator will reserve your domestic flight into Kigoma Airport (TKQ) and also arrange for a private motorboat directly to Gombe National Park. This boat ride will not take more than an hour to get you into Gombe Park.
Domestic flights to Gombe National Park
Normally these charter flights are reserved by your safari / tour operator all as part of your safari package. You may make reservations for your Domestic flights with any of the domestic carrier such as: Air Tanzania, Precision Air, Regional Air, ZanAir, Safari Air Link, or Coastal Aviation
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