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Thanks to Jane Goodall’s primate research, the chimpanzees may be the main draw at Gombe Stream, but there are also large numbers of olive baboons and several different species of monkeys such as red colobus and blue monkeys.

Despite its tiny size, the park is exceptional and the lack of roads means that visitors walk and experience nature with all of their senses. The birdlife is extraordinary with more than 200 species of birds recorded. Gombe receives visitors throughout the year but the best times to visit are during the dry season, which is between May to October, and during the short rains of January and February.

Gombe Stream National Park lies just north of Kigoma Town in Western Tanzania and is Tanzania’s smallest National Park.

Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: blue monkey, chimpanzee, olive baboon, red colobus monkey, bushpig
  • Where: Kigoma, Tanzania