TANZANIA - GOMBE STREAM NATIONAL PARK
depth guide to the seasons, animals, birds and wildlife
habitats of Gombe Stream in Tanzania
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is the smallest of Tanzania's National Parks
and was formed in 1968 to give protection to
its resident chimpanzees, made famous by Dr
It is a narrow
strip of land along the shores of Lake Tanzania,
which rises into mountainous folds and valleys
full of towering oil nut palms and tall indigenous
trees dangling with intertwining vines. There
are no roads, no phones and no electricity.
This is real jungle and in it the creatures
of Africa rule. It is a real life Tarzan movie
are king of the treetops, but the canopy also
harbours red colobus monkeys, blue monkeys,
red-tailed monkeys and olive baboons. Many of
the chimpanzees are habituated to humans as
a result of ongoing research since the 1960's.
Respect and understanding are key to rewarding
chimp encounters. On the lakeshore pied wagtails
and sandpipers dash in and out of the lapping
waves and butterflies rise in confetti-like
clouds. Palm nut vultures glide over the lakeshore.
Young baboons play in the water, sometimes even
submerging themselves, which is rarely seen
outside this park. Elephants, buffaloes and
leopards also inhabit this park.
Season: May to October is dry and the
best time for forest walks, although the light
rains of October and November are also fine.
Mid-December to February are dry and hot.
Rainy Season: the long rains
are from March to May when insects come to life
and the forest becomes very slippery.
• Close encounters with chimpanzees
• Foot safaris into real African jungle
• Lake Tanganyika - an inland sea
Gombe is Tanzania's smallest National Park having
gained its status in 1968.
It is situated at the country's western border
with Zambia, which cuts through the middle of
This is a malarial area.
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