Situated on the wild shores of Lake Tanganyika Gombe Stream is easily accessible by boat from Kigoma town which is about 10 miles (16 km) to the south., Gombe Stream is an untamed place of lush forests and clear lake views. Like its sister Mahale Mountains National Park to the south, Gombe Stream is a park without roads, so you’ll be experiencing nature on foot accompanied by the park guide. Therefore, hiking and swimming are popular activities here, once the day’s expedition to see the chimpanzees is over. Gombe Stream National Park, located on the western border of Tanzania and the Congo, is most famous for Jane Goodall, the resident primatologist who spent many years in its forests studying the behavior of the endangered chimpanzees.
Gombe Stream’s main attraction is obviously the chimpanzee families that live protected in the park’s boundaries. Guided walks take you deep into the forest to observe and sit with the extraordinary primates for an entire morning — an incredible experience and one that is the highlight of many visitors’ trips to Africa. Besides chimpanzee viewing, many other species of primates live in Gombe Stream’s tropical forests. Vervet and colobus monkeys, baboons, forest pigs and small antelopes inhabit the dense forest.
The park’s 200-odd bird species range from the iconic fish eagle to the jewel-like Peter’s twin spots that hop tamely around the visitors’ center.
After dusk, a dazzling night sky is complemented by the lanterns of hundreds of small wooden boats, bobbing on the lake like a sprawling city.