Overview – Gombe National Park

Gombe’s high levels of diversity make it an inexorably well-known tourist destination. Gombe is one of the smallest national parks in Tanzania, with just 13.5 square miles of secured land along the hills of the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika. The landscape is recognized by steep valleys, and the vegetation ranges from grassland to woodland to tropical rainforest. Chimpanzees are the primary fascination point here.

  • Wildlife9 animals

  • High SeasonNovember to April (access is difficult and trekking is slippery)

  • Best Time to GoMarch and April (good time for maintenance.)

Pros & Cons

  • An opportunity to encounter chimpanzees very closely
  • Flawless forest at the shore of Lake Tanganyika
  • Watching wildlife on a climb is a decent change from vehicle safaris
  • Extremely selective and not crowded
  • Hard to get to and very limited options for accommodation

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Wildlife & Animals – Gombe National Park

Gombe's significant levels of diversity make it an inexorably famous tourist destination. The primary attraction in Gombe Stream is its populace of acclimated chimpanzees. There are around 100 chimpanzees in the small park. Visitors to the park can travel into the forest to see the chimpanzees and notice them for 60 minutes, regardless of whether they're feeding, resting or walking. You can likewise do swimming and snorkelling in Lake Tanganyika with almost around 100 sorts of beautiful cichlid fish. 

Wildlife Highlights

Apart from chimpanzees, primates inhabiting Gombe incorporate beachcomber olive baboons, red colobus, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, and vervet monkeys. Red-tailed monkeys and blue monkeys have additionally been known to hybridize nearby. There are likewise numerous types of snakes, incidental hippopotami and leopards. One of the more clandestine occupants of the forest is the bushpig.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The dry season from June to October is the best time to visit Gombe Stream National park because the chimpanzees don't wander far and stay close to the lakeshore. Because of this, visitors get a chance to take extraordinary photographs. The wet season begins from February to June and afterwards again happens from November to mid-December.

Birds – Gombe National Park

Around 200 bird species are recorded in Gombe Stream national park. The vast majority of them are forest birds, which are very hard to spot. Especially since walking in the forest unguided isn't permitted and the guided walks are centred around chimpanzees. The lakeshore is a decent spot to see fish hawks and palm nut vultures roosted in the palm trees. Peter's twinspot, a typically tricky forest bird, is very easily and effortlessly seen in the camp. Migratory birds are available from November to April.

Best Time for Bird Watching

Birding in Gombe Stream can be done around the year, however, the best time to do Birding is from November to April when migratory birds from Europe and northern Africa are available. As of now, numerous inhabitant bird species are nesting and are in breeding plumage. Birding can be difficult in wet seasons from March to April as forest trains are very slippery. 

Best Time to Visit – Gombe National Park

Chimpanzee trekking can be done around the year, however, the best time to do is in the Dry season from July to October as they don't wander far and stay close to the lakeshore. Because of this, visitors get a chance to take extraordinary photographs. In the Wet season, it might take three to four hours to locate the chimpanzee. Limited accommodations are available in the park and that too is closed in March-April.

  • Best Time

    June to September

  • High Season

    July to October

  • Low Season

    April and May

  • Best Weather

    June to October (Little rainfall)

  • Worst Weather

    November to April

May to October (Dry Season)

  • Best time for Chimpanzees trekking
  • It is sunny, and there is little rain
  • Fewer mosquitoes and less chance of catching malaria
  • Other tourists can be visible tracking Chimpanzees but never gets crowded

May to October (Wet Season)

  • The air is clear and has no haze
  • Migratory birds are available
  • Plenty of Butterflies
  • Forest trails are slippery due to heavy rains, difficult to trek.
  • Difficult to find Chimpanzee as they move away from the lake
  • It gets very hot and humid

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