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Western Circuit


There are truly wild places in Tanzania, Gombe National Park is one of them. The nature value of Gombe was noticed in 1943 when it was designated as a game reserve. Gombe gained its popularity after the pioneering research activities of Dr Jane Goodall in 1960 which is believed to be the longest running study of primates in the world. Conservation status was upgraded to that of a National Park in 1968 and opened for tourism in 1978 after chimpanzee habituated to human visitors. It is located 16 km north of Kigoma town on the shores of the world’s second deepest Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania with an area of 56 square kilometers.



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Gombe National Park is located in western Tanzania, along the shores of Lake Tanganyika. It is renowned primarily for its population of wild chimpanzees and is one of the best places in the world to observe these fascinating primates in their natural habitat.

Established in 1968, Gombe National Park covers an area of about 52 square kilometers (20 square miles). The park’s terrain is characterized by steep valleys, forested slopes, and lush vegetation, providing a suitable habitat for chimpanzees and other wildlife.

Gombe gained international recognition largely due to the pioneering research conducted by primatologist Jane Goodall, who began her groundbreaking study of chimpanzees in the wild here in the early 1960s. Her research shed light on the complex social behaviors of chimpanzees and revolutionized our understanding of these animals.

In addition to chimpanzees, Gombe National Park is home to other primates such as olive baboons, red colobus monkeys, and red-tailed monkeys. The park also supports diverse birdlife, including numerous species endemic to the region.

Visitors to Gombe National Park can participate in guided chimpanzee trekking expeditions led by experienced park rangers. These treks offer the opportunity to observe chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as well as to learn about their behavior, ecology, and conservation.

Gombe National Park provides a unique and immersive wildlife experience, allowing visitors to connect with one of our closest living relatives in their natural environment while enjoying the scenic beauty of Lake Tanganyika and the surrounding landscapes.

Getting There:

Drive, schedule or charter a flight from Dar es salaam, Mwanza or Arusha or take a slow or fast train from Dar es salaam or ferry along the shore of Lake Tanganyika from Burundi or Zambia to Kigoma. To reach Gombe you must travel by boat from Kigoma. Depending on your budget, there’s an option of speed boat, which takes much less time- or passenger’s boat, which takes longer about 4 hrs.Boat ride is an amazing trip.

Park Attractions:

Gombe wilderness worth a year round visit; enabling you to cruise along part of the historical inquisitiveness way back in the 19th century when Livingstone and Stanley searched the source of River Nile. Rainy season is the best chimpanzee sporting while the green vegetation blooms providing an astonishing scenic view and waterfalls are at the best (November to Mid- May) while dry season provides a chance for best photo taking , short and long hike(May to October).


The climate in Gombe is warm to hot and humid. Unlike the coastal areas and northern parks, Gombe has one continuous Wet season from November to April. It rarely rains all day, but afternoon thundershowers can be expected. The Dry season starts from the month of May to October. Daytime temperatures are around 26°C/79°F, and it cools down at night.

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