Gombe Stream National Park is situated along the western boundary of Tanzania and the Congo. Established in 1968, it stands as one of Tanzania’s smallest national parks, encompassing a protected area of merely 35 square kilometers nestled among the hills on the eastern edge of Lake Tanganyika. Renowned for its off-the-beaten-path chimpanzee encounters, this park is an attraction of choice for those seeking a unique experience.
The Gombe Stream National Park is renowned as the site where Jane Goodall conducted pioneering research on chimpanzee populations. Her study unveiled the intellectual and emotional complexities of chimpanzees. Creating a research station in Gombe, she sought insights into our closest relatives’ behavior. Her dedicated tracking of chimpanzee troops, especially the Kasekela community, led to her gradual acceptance by one group, providing rare and intimate insights into their society.
In 1967, the Gombe Stream Research Center (GSRC) was established to coordinate ongoing chimpanzee research within the park. Mainly run by trained Tanzanians, GSRC has engaged in the longest-standing field study of an animal species in their natural habitat.
Gombe’s remarkable biodiversity has fueled its growing popularity as a tourist destination. In addition to chimpanzees, the park is home to various primates such as beachcomber olive baboons, red colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, and vervet monkeys. Notably, red-tailed monkeys and blue monkeys interbreed within this region. With over 200 bird species and even bushpigs, Gombe boasts a diverse range of inhabitants.