ABOUT GOMBE STREAM NATIONAL PARK
With an area of only 56 sq km (35 sq miles), Gombe National Park is Tanzania’s smallest national park, but its famous primate inhabitants and its connection to Jane Goodall have given it worldwide renown. Many of Gombe’s 100+ chimps are well habituated, and though it can be difficult, sweaty work traversing steep hills and valleys, if you head out early in the morning sightings are nearly guaranteed.
Rewarding encounters with chimpanzees is the premier attraction at this park. Visitors are limited to one hour with each group of chimps, but you are allowed to go and find another group after your hour is up at no extra charge. A guide costs US $23.60 per group. Children under age 15 are not permitted to enter the forest, although they may stay at the rest house.
In addition to chimp tracking, you can take walks along the shoreline and get close to the resident baboons, see waterfowl, hike in the forest, and swim in the lake. There are no roads.You may also visit Jane’s old chimp-feeding station, the viewpoint on Jane’s Peak, and Kakombe Waterfall.