Gombe Stream National Park

Gombe Stream National Park

Overview

Nestled on the north-eastern shore of Africa’s deepest and longest freshwater lake, Lake Tanganyika, abutting the border of Burundi is the Gombe Stream National Park. Covering an area of barely 52 sq km (20 sq miles) it is Tanzania's smallest national park, but famed as Jane Goodall territory who brought the park into the limelight from wild obscurity with her pioneering research on chimpanzees. The landscape of the park is characterized by steep valleys, streams, and rivers with the vegetation being a blend of evergreen tropical rainforests, semi-deciduous forests, to grasslands to alpine bamboos which give ample frolicking space for various primate species inhabiting the park ranging from colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, beachcomber olive baboons, and red-tailed monkeys. The park is a sanctuary for nearly 200 species of avifauna and you can spot Bushbucks and bush pigs once in a while, but what’s makes the park really coveted is the opportunity to watch the chimpanzees in their natural habitat. The rugged terrain provides good hiking opportunities and you can also undertake guided walking safaris deep into the dense forests and watch the primates out and about early in the day. Bear in mind the chimpanzees are friendly but you would be better served to not get too close especially to the baboons. The fresh water of Lake Tanganyika offers a relaxing ambience and are equally inviting for swimming, sailing and snorkelling activities without the fear of being ambushed by a hippo or a crocodile.

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