GOMBE STREAMS NATIONAL PARK
Gombe Streams National Park is Tanzania's smallest park. It covers just 52 sq km (20 sq miles). It was made famous by Jane Goodall in nineteen sixty when she came to the park to study its chimpanzees. Her study revealed that chimpanzees share about 98% of their genes with humans. Of the original chimpanzee community only the matriarch, Fifi, remains. Other inhabitants of this park include olive baboons, the red-tailed Colobus money and the red Colobus monkey. Two hundred odd species of birds are recorded in this park.
This is park not a game drive destination! From Kigoma, local lake taxis take up to three hours to reach Gombe National Park or we can charter motorboats for our clients which take less than one hour. The park can be reached from Mbeya on rough primitive dirt roads however this means of transportation is not advised under the best of weather conditions.
Clients can track chimpanzee’s which don’t roam far in the rainy seasons from February through June and November through mid December, however due to harsh weather conditions it is advisable to visit this park during the dry seasons of July through October or in late December. Clients can swim, snorkel, and visit the site of Henry Stanley's famous "Dr Livingstone I presume" at Ujiji near Kigoma during their safari.