Gombe Stream National Park

Gombe Stream National Park                                  
Gombe Stream National Park, located on the western border of Tanzania and the Congo, is most famous for Jane Goodall, the resident primatologist who spent many years in its forests studying the behaviour of the endangered chimpanzees. Situated on the wild shores of Lake Tanganyika, Gombe Stream is an untamed place of lush forests and clear lake views. Hiking and swimming are also popular activities here, once the day’s expedition to see the chimpanzees is over.

Gombe Stream’s main attraction is obviously the chimpanzee families that live protected in the park’s boundaries. Guided walks are available that take visitors deep into the forest to observe and sit with the extraordinary primates for an entire morning -- an incredible experience and one that is the highlight of many a visitors trip to Africa. Aside from chimpanzee viewing, many other species of primates live in Gombe Stream’s tropical forests. Vervet and colobus monkeys, baboons, forest pigs and small antelope inhabit the dense forest, in addition to a wide variety of tropical birdlife.

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Gombe Stream  ( Jane Goodall´s research centre on Chimpanzees )
Gombe Stream is the smallest of Tanzania's National Parks, comprising of ancient forest set among mountainns and steep valleys on the shore of Lake Tanganyika. Chimpanzees are the main reason to visit Gombe Stream - they are the stars of the world's most famous chimpanzee community, made famous  by the pioneering British researcher Jane Goodall, whose years of constant observation since 1960 have brought to light starting new facts about mankind's closest cousins.
Chimps are as individually unique as humans and no scientific expertise is needed to distinguish the different characters in the cast. The majority of the park mammals are primates, most of them forest species. In addition to the famous chimpanzees, visitors could be lucky enough to see blue and red tailed monkeyes. Canivores are rare in the forest, making Gombe the ideal place for a walking safari,or a swim in one of the streams.The best time to find chimpanzees at Gombe is during the wet season from February to June and November to December. The dry months of July to October and December to January are better for photo-opportunities.

Gombe Stream
Jane Goodall arrived at the Gombe Stream in 1960, to start up a long lasting research of the Cimpanzee. The population of Chimpanzees are today approximately 150 - 200, and they live in an area of 52 sq km. Gombe Stream became a Wildlife Reserve already in 1943, and finally upgraded to National Park in 1968. Family Leaky and National Geograhic Society have played an important role in Jane Goodalls research.