The beautiful and enriched national park of Gombe can be visited throughout the year but the best season to visit is between June to October which is the dry season around the park. In contrast, March to April and October to December are the wet seasons within the park consecutively. The best season for viewing wildlife is during the dry season since most of them gather around places containing water like the waterholes also the vegetation within the park is not that too high and not neglect the fact that mosquitoes will have reduced during the dry season. During the wet season, it may become difficult to reach the park since the roads leading to the park may become harder to navigate through and other challenges that will lead to the cancellation of plans which affect the wildlife experience negatively. However, this may be a chance to view some migratory birds that come through to the park during the wet season

 Climate and vegetation of Gombe national park

The climate within Gombe national park is warm to hot and with relatively high levels of water vapour in the atmosphere throughout the year. The dry season is experienced from May to October with may being the end of the wet season and the start of the dry season as well. the temperatures during the dry season are about 26°C/79°F during the daytime and reduce down to around 16°C/61°F during the night. the wet season is experienced from November to April with temperatures around 25°C/77°F during daytime and 17°C/63°F during the night hours. The vegetation of Gombe national park is of five main major types, for example, evergreen forests with medium packed shrub layer in the bottom of the valley, open packed Miombo woodland, drier areas of the valleys and some parts of the lower slopes around the lakeshore, grassland with spaced trees cover and semi-deciduous forest cover

Activities to do in Gombe National Park

Chimpanzee trekking

Chimpanzee trekking is one of the many activities within Gombe National Park. These worthy-of-attention mammals that have been accustomed to human visitors were made popular to the world by the innovative and inventory mind work of Dr Jane Goodall who in 1960 started a research program that now stands as the running study of its kind on the planet to date. Taking into consideration that the minimum age to participate in chimpanzee trekking is 15 years plus and also chimpanzee trekking always follows a number of strict rules during the trekking activity. During the trekking process, visitors will be able to view numerous primate species for example red-tailed monkeys, olive baboons, vervet monkeys, and blue monkey among conclusion, the trekker must be in very good health and not ill because ill visitors are not allowed to trek within the national park and also trekkers must keep a distance of 32 feet from the chimpanzees

Boat cruise

The boat cruise is basically moving around the freshwater lake of Tanganyika as the visitors also known as tourists hire a boat to move about and around the lake. This activity is full of different and amazing experiences since you get to spot a lot of wildlife near the lake as you feel the breeze of the Tanganyikan-based lake seated within the rift valley escarpments. One could hire any type of boat be it a speedboat or luxury boat

  Walking Safari

Since Gombe national park has no roads for vehicles, you shouldn’t get surprised to find that there are no safari drives but rather the walking safari. Walking safari is interesting and worth trying an activity that provides you with a chance to explore and discover the beauty of the park while on foot. The walking safari always starts with a briefing then later you are allocated an armed park guide who is entitled to shield you against any dangerous circumstances during the nature viewing walk. During the nature safari, you will be able to view the beauty engulfed within the park with your pure naked eyes for example, you will be able to view Waterfalls, and numerous wildlife within the park ranging from animals to birds and many others. During the walk, you will also encounter some tourist attractions like the venue where Henry Stanley met Dr Livingstone in 1871 and the feeding station of Dr Jane Goodall. The walking safari is an activity filled with joy and worth giving a try due to its ability to make you view a diversity of attractions as you also take pictures if you wish and among others


Gombe is an ideal or idyllic place for lovers of birds and also for people who are studying birds. with Over 200 bird species that have been seen within the park and many more bird species that are yet to be discovered. The Park is a habitat to both permanent and migratory birds for example the iconic fish eagle, pelican, the jewel African broadbill, black saw-wing, crowned eagle, double-toothed barbet, Kenya rufous sparrow, Livingstone’s turaco, palm-nut vulture, Peter’s twin spot, Red-capped robin-chat, red-chested cuckoo, Ross’s turaco, Yellow-rumped tinkerbird and many more others. The best bird-watching period is between December to March since they are easier to find because many of the  resident bird