Kigoma region is home to the famous Chimpanzee parks of Gombe Streams and the Mahale Mountains National Parks. Lake Tanganyika is rich with authentic cultural experiences and is home to numerous water birds.

  • Primate viewing: excellent
  • Birding: Excellent
  • Best time to visit Kigoma: June - September
  • How to get to Kigoma: you can drive or fly or catch the train
  • Safari types available: Boat safaris, Walking Safaris

Kigoma market is well worth a visit. It has lots of small winding alleyways with shops selling fabric, baskets, spices, fruit & vegetables.

On visiting Kigoma we recommend you go on the primate safari of lifetime and track chimpanzees through exotic woodland trails, passing beautiful streams and waterfalls on the way.

Many thanks to Kirsten Skinner for the use of her photographs for these pages.

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Gombe is the smallest of Tanzania's national parks, stretching across a mere 52km square. The thin strip of ancient forest is set among mountains and steep valleys, to the shores of Lake Tanganyika. Renowned for it's chimpanzee population Gombe became a household name in the west as a result of the pioneering research conducted by Jane Goodall. Famous as it may be Gombe remains a surprisingly little-visited and low-key park, largely due to it's remote location and high entrance fees.

The Mahale Mountains National Park is one of the most beautiful parks anywhere in Africa. This part of Lake Taganyika is characterized by deserted sandy beaches, crystal clear water and an incredible backdrop of towering forested mountains. The forests are home to one of the highest number of primate species of any park in Tanzania (beaten only by the Udzungwa Mountains), including nearly 1,000 chimpanzees.

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