|Size||52 km2 ( 20mi2 )|
|Location||16 km (10 miles) north of Kigoma on the shore of Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania.|
|Getting There||Kigoma is connected to Dar and Arusha by scheduled flights; to Dar and Mwanza by a slow rail service; to Mwanza, Dar and Mbeya by rough roads; and to Mpulungu in Zambia by a weekly ferry. From Kigoma, local lake-taxis take up to three hours to reach Gombe, or motorboats can be chartered, taking less than an hour.|
Gombe is the smallest of Tanzania's national parks: a fragile strip of chimpanzee habitat straddling the steep slopes and river valleys that hem in the sandy northern shore of Lake Tanganyika. The most visible of Gombe's other mammals are also primates. A troop of beachcomber olive baboons, under study since the 1960s, is exceptionally habituated, while red-tailed and red colobus monkeys - the latter regularly hunted by chimps - stick to the forest canopy.
The park's 200+ bird species range from the iconic fish eagle to the jewel-like Peter's twinspots that hop tamely around the visitors' centre. After dusk, a dazzling night sky is complemented by the lanterns of hundreds of small wooden boats, bobbing on the lake like a sprawling city.