A glance through the wilderness of the Great Gombe National Park : The Gombe national park is the smallest protected area that is located on the western part of Tanzania and along the shores of the Lake Tanganyika on the borders of Congo-Tanzania. It covers the total area of 35 square kilometers that is highly made up of the steep valleys, the diverse vegetation cover that varies from the grassland all the way to woodlands and tropical rainforest which is the home of the endangered species. The Gombe national park was first named as the game reserve in the year of 1943 and later on the year 1968 it was named as the national park.
This national park gained its famous because of the main attraction of the chimpanzee families that is well protected in the park boundaries. This habitat of chimpanzee was first made famous by the work of Jane Goodall, who in 1960 founded a behavioral research program that now stands as the longest-running study o its kind in the world.
Explore the chimpanzee of the Gombe national park
Have the opportunity to explore the beauty of this national park that is highly covered by different species of chimpanzee. There are endangered species of the chimpanzee that are found in this national park, it’s also famously known because it accommodates the large number of chimpanzees. The chimpanzee species that are found here includes the large troops of the beachcomber olive baboons, the red colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, and vervet monkeys.
Other wildlife that can be spotted in this national park includes the antelopes, bush pigs, leopards, and the hippos that can be seen rarely along the shores of the Lake Tanganyika. Have the most spectacular moment to explore this land as well as the vegetation of this national park, spot different wild animals while trekking for the while animals.
The main activities to be done in this national park
There a lot o activities that can be done while in this national park, have the most engaging activities that will make you enjoy the natural habitat of the chimpanzee as well as other refreshing activity in the fresh waters of Lake Tanganyika. This activity includes the following;
Chimpanzee trekking; it’s the most amazing activity as you got into the tropical forest of this national park trailing through the routes of this national park. Visit the natural habitat of this animal that looks similar in characters like those of the human beings. Spend sometimes almost one hour to learn about the chimpanzee and see their behaviors, they are way of life. At the headquarters of this national park you will be given the regulations and rules while trekking that will keep all of you while trekking. While trekking in this national park you will also see other primates that are found in this national park other than just the chimpanzees, such the red monkeys, the blue monkeys, and many other primates.
Bird watching at Gombe national park; the Gombe national park is the home of the forest birds, migratory birds and the aquatic birds. There are about 200 different bird species that are found here and it’s also the paradise for the bird lovers. There are some of the birds that cannot be seen easily because they are found deep in the forest mostly the forest birds. The sight of birds such as the peters twinspot, palm nut vulture, Africa fish eagles, double toothed barbet, tropical boubou, African broad bill, and red capped robin among others. The best time for the bird watching activity is normally in the morning where the bird’s wakes up and make beautiful melodies in the early morning. Capture the most amazing photos of different colorful birds that are found here, the other best time of the day is during the evening where the birds are going back to their nests after the long day. Have the spectacular pictures and sceneries of the birds in the evening during the sunset.
Guided nature walk; this activity will give you a true experience of the Africa safari; explore the beauty of this land on foot. Enjoy the most beautiful sceneries as well as spotting different species of the birds, the animals as well as the chimpanzee in their natural environment. The armed rangers will accompany you all the way during the nature walks in order to ensure safety of each and every one, apart from just safety they will also show you the trails that leads to different habitats of chimpanzee and other animals. The nature walks normally takes 3-4 hours. The perfect time for the guided nature walks is normally in the evening or in the early morning; its perfect in the morning breeze and the walk becomes more comfortable and not hot. Visit different attraction sites that are found in this national park including the old feeding station of the Jane Goodalls foundation which is where Hendry Stanley met Dr Livingstone in 1871. Explore different plant species as well as the vegetation cover that is found in this national park, have the fresh breath of the nature and relax your brain while in this national park.
Sport fish in Lake Tanganyika in special areas in this national where Lake Tanganyika is also part of this national park. It’s the exciting activity that will give you the opportunity to explore different fish species that are found in this lake. It’s the best way to relax your mind and do very different activities that will make you feel like a winner after catching different fishes, A glance through the wilderness of the Great Gombe National Park
The best time to visit the Gombe national park
Like most of the national park that are found in Tanzania, the perfect time to visit this national park is during the dry season which is normally around the month of June to October. During this times the vegetation cover is lower hence the animals and the chimpanzees can be spotted easily. The trails during the chimpanzees trekking can also be seen and less slippery during the dry season. The wet seasons are normally perfect for the bird watching activities.