Conservation Status:

National Park




Western Tanzania, 16 Kms from Kigoma town


52 Kms², with an adjacent 100 m wide strip of coastal water (Tanzania's Smallest National Park)

Maximum Length

13 Kms from North (the same as the length of its shoreline)

  Height A.S.L.

773 m (on the shore of Lake Tanganyika) - 1,500 m (Mitumba). Maximum ascent of the steep slopes from the shoreline up to the highest hills is just over 700 metres.

Seasonal Variation

Two well-defined seasons (except in most of the forests, which are evergreen) - dry season from mid-May to October / November, wet season from November to mid-May (less rainy in January / February). Bush fires occur on the crests of the hill during the dry season. Negligible seasonal variation in the occurrence of animals, but the best time for plants and insects is during the wet season.


Mean annual rainfall c. 1,500, but up to 2,500 mm in some years. Lowest rainfall in June - September (< 30 mm/month, practically rainless in August), highest rainfall in November - May (maximum in April, more than 200 mm).


Monthly average 22°C - 25°C. Daytime 26° - 30°C, sometimes up to 40°C. Night time 14°C - 17°C.


Chimp tracking, swimming, snorkeling, fishing and bird watching

About Gombe Stream National Park:

The smallest of Tanzania's National Parks, covering an area of only 52 sq. km, Gombe and its chimps have been made famous by the ground-breaking work of the British primatologist Jane Goodall.gombe stream national park The chimpanzees are definitely the main attraction and watching them go about their daily lives in their natural environment is an experience not to be missed.

Lying on the shores of Africa's deepest and longest freshwater lake, Tanganyika, Gombe is a thin strip of lakeshore forest set among steep valleys and mountains. The Park is dissected by 13 steep sided valleys carved out by swift flowing streams running from East to West. The altitude varies from 773 m at the lake shore to over 1,500 m at the top of the escarpment; the variation in altitude and variety of habitats makes the Park one of the most rewarding places for observing flora and fauna. From Jane's Peak you can see an astounding view of the entire park area and Kakombe Waterfalls.

Gombe's beauty is breathtaking, a park without roads, where you can walk and experience nature with all your senses, in its pristine manner. The diverse evergreen riverine forests are home to the Park's famous chimps which have been habituated to human presence. The most visible of Gombe's other mammals are also primates. These include vervet monkeys, red-tail and blue monkeys, baboons and red colobus. Over 230 bird species have been recorded here including barbets, starlings, sunbirds, crowned eagles, kingfishers and the palm-nut vultures; along with 250 species of butterflies. The best time to visit the park is in the dry season - July to October and late December as chimps don't roam far in the wet season.