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.

How to get 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.


Gombe Stream National Park is best known for its population of wild chimpanzees. Fascinated by the spectacular creatures, Dr. Jane Goodall studied the park’s chimps for more than 5 decades! She convinced the country’s officials to combine the chimps’ preservation with eco-tourism for the well-being of its wildlife and indigenous communities.

The park is located amongst some of Tanzania’s luscious tropical rainforests on the edge of the gorgeous Lake Tanganyika. With its awe-inspiring scenery, lush forests, glistening lake and of course, an exciting population of chimpanzees of all kinds, Gombe National Park is a favorite amongst tourists.

Chimpanzee Safaris

Visitors can explore the park by taking guided tours. Local tour guides are aware of the best spots in the park where visitors can view chimpanzees in their natural habitats. Where else would you get to see chimpanzees up close?

Besides the chimpanzees, Gombe National Park’s Lake Tanganyika offers unforgettable experiences.

Visitors can choose to cool off at the lake with activities such as snorkeling, fishing and scuba diving. The scenic views of the lake itself will take your breath away.