Gombe National Park is a relatively small national park in Tanzania located on the western border of Tanzania and the Congo. Even being the smallest park the park is famous worldwide for through the initial work of Dr. Jane Goodall who came to study the behaviour of chimpanzees.
The landscape of the national park varies from valleys to streams and rivers and the vegetation changes from tropical rainforests, alpine bamboo to grasslands. The high concentration of chimpanzees is the unique attraction of the area. The most visible other animals of Gombe National Park are also primates including red-tailed and red colobus monkeys. The national park hosts 200-odd bird species range from the iconic fish eagle to the jewel-like Peter.
The park’s 200-odd bird species range from the iconic fish eagle to the jewel-like Peter’s twinspots that hop tamely around the visitors’ centre.
After dusk, a dazzling night sky is complemented by the lanterns of hundreds of small wooden boats, bobbing on the lake like a sprawling city.
About Gombe Stream National Park
Size: 52 sq km (20 sq miles), Tanzania’s smallest national park.
Location: 16 km (10 miles) north of Kigoma on the shore of Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania.
Gombe National Park Facts
- Gombe National Park is the UNESCO World Heritage site that is a protected area hosting a large concentration of Chimpanzees.
- The Gombe stream research center constantly does researches on the wild chimpanzees’ life and behaviour. .
- The national park lies in north-western Tanzania and borders on Lake Tanganyika, and is just south of the border with Burundi. .
- A safari trip to the national park gives an enchanting feeling by watching them expressing human-like gestures such as kissing, patting, hugging, shaking fists and holding as these chimpanzees share 99% of the human DNA.