Chimpanzee trekking in Gombe Stream National Park. Chimpanzee trekking in Gombe Stream National Park is a unique Tanzania safari activity that can be enjoyed by those travelers looking to see primates, especially chimpanzees in their natural habitat. Gombe Stream National Park is located in the western part of Tanzania, at the border of Tanzania with the Democratic Republic of Congo. Gombe Stream National Park was made famous by the research and conservation efforts of Dr. Jane Goodall a primatologist who spend several years in the reserve studying the behaviour and way of life of chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park.
Gombe Stream National Park is found along the shores of Lake Tanganyika, an untamed area with some of the most beautiful views of the clear blue waters. Gombe Stream National Park is the smallest Tanzania national park measuring only 52 square kilometers of space, located about 16km north of Kigoma which is the nearest town with an airstrip. Gombe Stream National Park is most famous for chimpanzees which have over the years been habituated allowing human interaction that travelers can encounter them with chimpanzee trekking in Gombe Stream National Park activities.
This is an activity that involves hiking through the forest cover searching for the chimpanzees. The chimpanzees that travelers get to trek in Gombe Stream National Park are fully habituated, and are allocated only such chimpanzee groups/families. Chimpanzee trekking in Gombe Stream National Park is a fully guided Tanzania safari activity that is done in the presence of experienced ranger guides.
Gombe Stream National Park hosts a considerable population of chimpanzees some of which are fully habituated for chimpanzee trekking purposes by those travelers interested in the activity. Apart from chimpanzees, there are a number of other attractions in Gombe Stream National Park including olive baboons, diademed monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, bush bucks, buffalos, barbet, Palm-nit Vulture, Forbes’ Plover, African Fish Eagle, among so many others.
Part from chimpanzee trekking in Gombe Stream National Park, other activities in Gombe National park that travelers can enjoy include primate walks, bird watching, nature walks, snorkelling, among others.
Best time to do Chimpanzee trekking in Gombe Stream National Park
While Gombe Stream National Park is open all throughout the year, the best time for chimpanzee trekking is during the dry season which is in the months of late May to October and late December through February. During this time of the year the park is less muddy and not slipper as would be the case during the wet season which falls in the other months of the year. Important to note is that though it is the dry season, Gombe Stream National Park is a forest which thus can receive rains at any time of the year. Be sure thus to be prepared for any kind of weather while on your Tanzania safari tour in Gombe Stream national Park.
How to get to Gombe Stream National Park
To get to Gombe Stream National Park, one can do so by taking either charter or scheduled flights from Dr es Salaam, Arusha, Mwanza to Kigoma Airport from where you would be picked up to start your safari. Kigoma Airport is in the dry land and given that Gombe Stream National Park is bordered by the second deepest lake in the world, a boat transfer through Lake Tanganyika is important to get to the park.
Wondering where you would stay while on your Tanzania safari, then worry not. There are not so many accommodation in Gombe National Park that one ought to book a little in advance to secure one’s lodging. Accommodation in Gombe Stream national Park include Mbali Mbali Gombe Lodge, Gombe Forest Lodge, Muzye Lodge, among others.
Tanzania is an amazingly beautiful and diverse Africa safari destination that travelers can have ll their Africa safari dreams come true from here. From the sunny savanna parks of Tanzania including the Serengeti National Park, to the rainforest safari destinations of Gombe Stream National Park and Mahale National park, to the scenic turquoise blue waters of the Indian Ocean waters. You can enjoy the typical game drives and walking safaris to see all the big 5 animals, walk the rainforests to come up-close with the endangered primates like chimpanzees, before relaxing at the fine white sand beaches of Zanzibar. With this much to offer, get in touch with a trusted tour operator to help you pitch an amazing Tanzania safari tour 2023 and beyond and be able to enjoy so much.