Gombe Stream National Park, Western Tanzania Destinations

Chimpanzee Named Frodo Gombe Stream National Park Tanzania

 Gombe Stream National Park famous due to the work of Dr. Jane Goodall's chimpanzee research team. At 52 sq km, this is Tanzania’s smallest national park. Enjoy chimpanzee tracking, hiking, swimming and snorkeling and visit the site of Henry Stanley's famous “Dr Livingstone I presume” meeting at Ujiji near Kigoma.

Gombe Stream is the smallest of Tanzania's National Parks only 52 sq km. It is a fragile remnant of chimpanzee habitat, a thin strip ancient forest set in mountains cut with steep valleys clinging to the shores of Lake Tanganyika. The chimps sip the steams tumbling into the lake while, at night the lanterns of hundreds of small wooden boats light the horizon like a sprawling city.

You can meet the stars of the worlds famous chimpanzee community made famous by the pioneering researcher Dr. Jane Goodall, whose years of constant observation since 1960 have made this the longest study of its kind.

Gombe is a place of personalities. Chimpanzees are as individually unique as humans and no scientific expertise is required to distinguish the different characters in this cast - their repertoire of pants, hoots, grunts and screams defining the celebrities, the powerbrokers, the supporting roles.

Perhaps you will see a flicker of understanding when you look into a chimp eyes, assessing you in return. Sharing more than 95% of our genes, it's a look of recognition from our closest animal relative.

The majority of the parks mammals are primates - most of them forest species. Likely to be seen, in addition to the famous chimpanzees, are the colorful red-tail and blue monkeys. Carnivores are rare in the forests making Gombe a heaven for walking safaris.

Visit a local village and site of the famous meeting between Henry Stanley and Dr. Livingstone where Henry Stanley said “Dr Livingstone I presume” on seeing a Muzungu (Whiteman) in the village at Ujiji near Kigoma.


Why Visit Gombe Stream National Park, Western Tanzania.

  • Visit one of the smallest of all Tanzania's National Parks.
  • See the place where Dr. Jane Goodall conducted their long research on chimpanzees.
  • Meet the chimps made famous by Dr. Jane Goodall's research.
  • Learn a little about the way the chimps live, interact, socialize, communicate and play.
  • Get up-close to a chimp look at them while the look back at you it a wonderful experience and a look of recognition from our closest animal relative.
  • Visit the site where Henry Stanley and Dr. Livingstone met at Ujiji village.
  • Swim, snorkel and relax on the shore of Lake Tanganyika Africa's least polluted lake.

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