Situated some 16 km north of Kigoma town in western Tanzania, Gombe Stream is the smallest National Park in Tanzania with an area of 52 sq. km of land. Gombe is a narrow strip of a mountainous country bounded to the east by the crest of the Rift Valley escarpment and by Lake Tanganyika to the west. The beauty of Gombe is unique; it is a park without roads, where you can walk and experience nature with all your senses.
The park’s vegetation varies from the evergreen forests of tall trees to open woodlands and grasslands. Common mammals found are forests pecies, mostly primates including chimpanzees, baboons, blue monkeys, red tailed monkeys and red colobus monkeys.
Gombe stream in Kigoma is connected to Dar and Arusha by scheduled flights, to Dar and Mwanza by a slow rail service, to Mwanza, Dar and Mbeya by rough dirt roads, and to Mpulungu in Zambia by a weekly ferry. From Kigoma, local lake-taxis take up to three hours to reach Gombe, or motorboats can be chartered, taking less than one hour.
What to do
Chimpanzee trekking; hiking, swimming and snorkelling; visit the site of Henry Stanley’s famous “Dr Livingstone I presume” at Ujiji near Kigoma, and watch the renowned dhow builders at work.