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Gombe stream National park and Mahale mountains National park are both closely and are located in the Western Tanzania to the South of Kigoma town. They are bordering Lake Tanganyika, the world’s longest ,second deepest and least polluted fresh water lake harbouring an estimated 1000 fish species.
These parks are best visited in the dry season from May – October, During this period Chimpanzee are likely to be seen in a big groups, the sunshine illuminates the fish in the Lake and the beach is an inviting place to relax. However Mahale mountains National park accessible all yer around. The visit of rain season can be a memorable experience made remarkable by view of the neighbouring country DR Congo across the water and by the incredible lighting storms that light up the lake at night.
Gombe is one of the smallest national park in Tanzania with only 52 sq km of protected land along the hills of the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika, and this park established in 1968. Terrain is distinguished by the steep valleys, and the forest vegetation ranges from grassland to woodland to tropical rainforest.
Gombe high level of diversity make it an increasingly popular tourists destination. Besides Chimpanzee,primates inhabiting Gombe including Beachcomber olivee baboons, red colobus, red tailed monkey, blue monkey and velrvet monkeys. Park also to be known a home to over 200 birds species and bushpigs. There are also many species of nakes and hippopotami and leopards.
The visitors to the park can trek into the forest to view the chimpanzee as well as swim and snorkel in lake Tanganyika with almost 100 kinds of colorful cichlid fish.