Situated on the wild shores of Lake Tanganyika, Gombe Stream is an untamed place of lush forests and clear lake views. Gombe Stream National Park is most famous for Jane Goodall, the resident primatologist who spent many years in its forests studying the behaviour of the endangered chimpanzees.
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 visitors' trips to Africa. Besides chimpanzee viewing, many other species of primates live in Gombe Stream's tropical forests. Vervet and colobus monkeys, baboons, forest pigs and small antelopes inhabit the dense forest, in addition to a wide variety of tropical birdlife.
Hiking and swimming are also popular activities here, once the day's expedition to see the chimpanzees is over.
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Trekking chimpanzees in Gombe National Park can be done throughout the year, but the odds of finding them quickly is better towards the end of the Dry season, from July to October. This is when the chimps tend to stick to the lower slopes. In the Wet season, it might take three to four hours to locate the chimps.
July to October (Gombe doesn't get crowded any time of the year)
April and May
June to October (Little to no rainfall)
November to April (Wet season)
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