Kigoma can be reached by road from Arusha. The journey from Arusha takes around 1070km/16 hours. It’s best to know that the only way to get to Gombe Stream National Park is by boat. Upon reaching Kogoma, the only choices you have is to take a ‘lake taxi’ to the park, which takes 4 hours, or a speed boat, which takes 2 hours.
Daily scheduled flights to Kigoma are available from Arusha and Dar es Salaam with Auric Air, Coastal Aviation, and Precision Air.
Best Time to visit Gombe Stream National Park
First, it’s best to know that the park is visitable year-round.
However, if you’re not a fan of rain, it would be best to visit the park during the dry season from June to October, when there is plenty of sunshine.
The humid and warm weather makes viewing the chimps on lower slopes easy. During the dry season, you may also see them roaming around the sandy shores or even close to the camps.
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Gombe Stream National Park is a popular tourist attraction in Tanzania, known for its wide array of exciting activities and stunning natural scenery.
Wildlife in Gombe Stream National Park
Whether you’re an avid nature lover or simply looking for a unique adventure, check out the wildlife in Gombe!
When you visit Gombe, you may get startled by the blue monkeys' almost naked faces jumping from branch to branch.
Another most anticipated wildlife to see in Gombe are the Vervet monkeys. These are small, black-faced monkeys with silvery grey or greenish-olive color.
With a dog-like appearance, you may be surprised to see this species. On top of that, they are heavily built with close-set eyes, strong limbs, and thick fur.
Red-tailed monkeys are old-world monkeys with red and blue skin on their faces and posteriors, making them a great deal to see.
The red Colobus monkeys are the most threatened African monkeys. It's worth seeing them in their natural habitat in Gombe.
Red Colobus monkeys
Birds in Gombe Stream National Park
Gombe Stream National Park is a true paradise for bird lovers, with over 200 bird species residing at the park.
The African Fish eagles are huge, with milk-white heads and tails, yellow cere, dark eyes, and chocolate brown backs.
African Fish Eagle
Livingstone's Turacos have bright green colors with a white-tipped crest, blue back, and red sides on their wings.
Graced with stunning white-colored skin, these rare birds look classy and majestic in the raptor world. If you get lucky, you may see these birds change color to orange and bright red.
These stunning medium-sized passerine birds have prominent white wing bars, bright blue bills, and eye wattles with chestnut orange back and wings.
African Paradise Flycatcher
Kenya Rufous sparrows are something you'll see flying around Gombe Park. You will know its Kenya sparrows if you see their striped back, dark bib, and grey crown and nape.
Kenya Rufous Sparrow
These eagles are interesting-looking ones. They are huge with long crest feathers, white tips, dark heads, and reddish or cream breasts with black bars.
Landscape in Gombe Stream National Park
This stunning natural setting provides the perfect backdrop for adventure and exploration.
Upon reaching Gombe, you'll be greeted by fresh air and complex mosaic landscapes like rolling grasslands.
Miombo woodland is an essential habitat for many mammals. It is characterized by the Miombo species' presence, producing a new flash of new leaves right before the onset of the rainy season.
Gombe boasts a luxurious rainforest where the chimps jump from one tree to another. Here, you'll feel the essence of nature as you breathe and pant while trekking to see the park's famous residents—the chimps!
Gombe's landscape also includes exquisite alpine bamboo. Walk through this seemingly enchanting bamboo and see what more Gombe has to offer.
Another fascinating landscape in Gombe is its streams and rivers. These are where safari goers can swim, snorkel, and see the other side of the park beside its chimps.
Stream and rivers
Where to stay in Gombe Stream National Park
From upscale luxury lodges with all the amenities to rustic eco-camps set deep in the jungle, there is something for everyone.
Besides the main activity in the park, which is chimpanzee trekking, there are other activities that you can enjoy in Gombe. This includes swimming and snorkeling. These experiences are not offered in other parks, so your visit here is worth it.
Most of the chimpanzees in the parks are habituated. This means that they are used to human presence. However, we may have to point out that these animals are still wild and can potentially get aggressive when taunted. So, as much as possible, don’t try something that will get on their nerves.
Also, make sure to always be with your guide and never stray away from the group.
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