Gombe National Park
Situated 16kms north of Kigoma town in western Tanzania,
Gombe is a narrow mountainous strip of the country
bounded to the east by the crest of the rift valley
escarpment and by Lake Tanganyika to the west. It is a
fragile remnant of Chimpanzee habitat. The beauty of
Gombe National Park is unique; it is a park without
roads, where you can walk and experience nature with all
your senses, in its pristine manner.
Due to its altitude, the park's vegetation varies from
ever green forests of tall trees to open woodlands and
grassland. Common mammals found in the park are forest
species, mostly primates. These include chimpanzee,
baboon, blue monkey, red tailed monkey and red colobus
monkey. Jane Goodall brought the Chimps of Gombe to
world fame through her research projects based here, and
various projects still continue to operate.
Chimpanzees are very amusing and intelligent animals and
it is interesting to observe them in their natural
habitat engaged in different activities. Likely to be
seen in addition to the famous chimpanzees, are the
colourful red-tail and blue colobus monkeys. Herbivores
and carnivores are a rarity in the forests, making Gombe
a heaven for walking safaris.