| Chimpanzees and Jane Goodall
The natural population of chimpanzees is the main attraction of Gombe, and this is the
place where Jane Goodall, famous for her research on chimpanzees, did most of her fieldwork.
Some of the Gombe chimpanzees have also featured in a series of nature documentaries
shown on television.
Gombe also has other primates, and is a good park to see monkeys not found in the savanna
parks of northern or southern Tanzania. Red-tailed monkey, blue monkey and red colobus
may be seen in the forests, while black-faced vervet monkeys and baboons, like the chimpanzees,
are found both in forests and in less densely vegetated and drier areas.
Apart from the monkeys and apes, the park doesn't have a very rich wildlife. You may
see bush pigs and bushbucks, and some interesting bird species. It's still a good park
for experiencing the African nature, as you visit the area on foot.
Lodges and camps
Besides the lodge below, there are basic bandas by the lake further south in the
Gombe Forest Lodge (also referred to as Gombe Tented Camp) is a small tented
lodge set on the shore of Lake Tanganyika in Gombe, offering good quality. It
has six tents with ensuite bathrooms and verandas facing the lake and the sunset.
The main activity is chimpanzee tracking. Forest walks and visits to local villages
are also offered, and the location is fine for relaxing, swimming and snorkelling.
Web site: www.mbalimbali.com