Situated 16kms north of Kigoma town in western Tanzania, Gombe is a
narrow mountainous strip of the country bounded to the east by the
crest of the rift valley escarpment and by Lake Tanganyika to the
west. It is a fragile remnant of Chimpanzee habitat. The beauty of
Gombe National Park is unique; it is a park without roads, where you
can walk and experience nature with all your senses, in its pristine
Due to its altitude, the park's vegetation varies from ever green
forests of tall trees to open woodlands and grassland. Common
mammals found in the park are forest species, mostly primates. These
include chimpanzee, baboon, blue monkey, red tailed monkey and red
colobus monkey. Jane Goodall brought the Chimps of Gombe to world
fame through her research projects based here, and various projects
still continue to operate.
Chimpanzees are very amusing and intelligent animals and it is
interesting to observe them in their natural habitat engaged in
different activities. Likely to be seen in addition to the famous
chimpanzees, are the colourful red-tail and blue colobus monkeys.
Herbivores and carnivores are a rarity in the forests, making Gombe
a heaven for walking safaris.