Gombe Stream National Park may be small in size, but its attractions pack a punch. The park is famous all over the world because of its connection to Jane Good all and her pioneering research on chimpanzees.
Chimpanzee tracking expeditions are an obvious highlight, but one can also expect to see several species of primates here. Gombe presents a trail system which lets visitors penetrate deep into the forest and enjoy some of the best views of the African bush.
The area is famed for the habituated chimpanzees, of which there are currently around 150. Their instantly recognizable pant-hoot call builds the excitement and you are likely to come within metres of these incredible animals.
Sharing 98% of their DNA with humans, there is a feeling of understanding as you make eye contact, almost as if you both know of the thin border between the two of you.
Being prime primate territory, there is also beachcomber olive baboons, red-tailed colobus and vervet monkeys, which mainly stick to the forest canopy, save becoming dinner for the chimps.
You may also spot bush pigs and elephants, as well as the occasional hippo. There have been rare leopard sightings too. There are over 200 bird species and for those interested in marine life, you can snorkel in Lake Tanganyika, among hundreds of colorful cichlids.
Where to stay
Gombe Forest Lodge is a comfortable camp located in a prime position for tracking the famous chimpanzees of Jane Good all and Gombe Stream Reserve. Views over Lake Tanganyika and the Congo Mountains provide the perfect evening vista.
Gombe Forest Lodge is set on the shore of the Mitumba stream, by a white- sand beach with shady trees. Views over Lake Tanganyika and the Congo Mountains provide the perfect evening vista.
Your safari begins at Kigoma Town with a boat journey, passing through fishing villages and scenic hills before reaching the park – a perfect extension to the classic Tanzanian wildlife safari.
The spacious tents face Lake Tanganyika on raised wooden platforms and are adequately spaced to ensure privacy. Decorated in a distinct African style with locally produced furniture, Gombe Forest Lodge has the ambience of a truly authentic safari camp.
Each tent has a private viewing deck, equipped with safaris chairs and a table, enabling fantastic views of the Lake Tanganyika and the wildlife that flocks here.
The small thatched reception area accommodates a library, information centre, curio shop, bar and lounge. The kitchen and staff area is a short distance from the camp so as not to interfere with the sights and sounds of nature.