Tanzania is a case of success regarding Nature conservation and endangerous species protection. The country soon understood that they have been presented with some of the greatest natural wonders to be found on Earth. And quickly they learned how to conserve them and take good care of them.

In fact, many conservation works have been done here, specially those related with fighting Elephant Hunting and saving one of the most endangerous species in the world, the Black Rhino. Jane Goodall also become famous for her pioneer work with the Chimpanzees at Gombe Stream National Park.

Blessed by nature with 14 national parks (there are even more, but these ones are the most famous) one can found everything in Tanzania. Tanzania is what comes to your mind when you think of Africa. There are parks that are as large as many european countries like the Serengeti National park and Selous Game Reserve. There are parks, like Katavi National Park or Ruaha National Park that are so untouched by humans they reassemble the descriptions of Africa by white hunters and missionaires who came here centuries ago. Parks where you can have a million of acres just for yourself and see more lions than people. There are parks like Gombe Stream National Park or Mahale Mountains National Park where you will be able to see large groups of Chimpanzees and Gorillas. There are parks like Saadani National park where you can join pristine beaches and the wild bush. Other parks, such as Ngorongoro Conservation Area with its Ngorongoro Crater have a beauty that is so stunning, so breathtaking that it is impossible to put into words. And what about Kilimanjaro National Park? Where you can see giraffes with the world's tallest free standing mountain, the roof of Africa, in the background? Well, there are really parks for every taste and interest and we haven't even spoke about Zanzibar, with world class beaches of white sand and turquoise warm water. Tanzania is definitely one of the top destinations of the world.

In the following map, you can see the 14 national parks. To learn more about each one and see what we recommend, move your mouse over the map and click in one park.

Gombe Stream National Park

Description

This park is famous for some of the last remaining wild chimpanzees in their natural habitat. One may also remember it from the work conducted by Dr Jane Goodall, who conducted an extensive 40 years research in this park. It's also a great opportunity to visit the Tanganyika as the park is situated on its shores. Though it is the smallest national park in Tanzania, it is the only place in the world where guaranteed sights of chimpanzee groups is possible.
The park has a hilly terrain, from the lakeshore to the top of the rift escarpment and is better viewed by foot, with a professional guide, or by boat.


Wildlife

This park is famous for the Chimpanzees. However, other wildlife include olive baboons, vervet, red taller and red colobus monkeys. Regarding birdlife, there are over 200 species and the most famous ones are the palm-nut vultures and fish eagles.


When to go

Open throughout the year but best from May to October.


What to do

Walking and boat safaris and treks to find groups of Chimpanzees and other primates in the park. Swimming, snorkeling, fishing, treks, boating and visits to the nearby fishing village of Mwamgongo are other possibilities.


What we suggest

If you are a chimpanzee enthusiast, this park will be one of the highlights of your trip to Tanzania. In any way, if you have the spare time, it will be a worthwhile experience to add on to your safari experience.