• Incredible far from the madding crowd
• Track chimpanzees in their natural habitat
• See no other vehicles for days
• Exclusive destinations for those prepared to strive for
If you are looking for the ultimate African wilderness
experience, then Tanzania’s Western Circuit is your answer.
The very inaccessibility of the Western Parks makes them rarely
visited but truly breathtaking experiences for those prepared to
work for that definitive moment.
Gombe Stream National Park, a mountainous
strip which borders the shores of Lake Tanganyika, is Tanzania’s
smallest park. Covering only 52 sq km, Gombe Stream offers visitors
the rare chance to observe chimpanzee communities made famous by
British explorer Jane Goodall. The area is heavily forested making
it unsuitable for larger carnivores and safe for walking safari.
Particularly excellent for birdwatchers.
Katavi National Park, Tanzania’s
3rd largest is noted for its Miombo woodland and is home to buffalo,
elephant, leopard, lion and zebra. Katavi boasts Tanzania’s
highest concentration of hippo and crocodile. Water fowl are abundant
with Lake Chala particularly rich with over 400 species of bird
life recorded. Only 150 visitors a year means that you can explore
the area for days without seeing another vehicle.
Mahale Mountains National Park is
the other sanctuary of the chimpanzee. Covering an area of approximately
1,000 sq km, bordering Lake Tanganyika, the chimpanzee population
is estimated at 1,000, and may be observed in their natural habitat
in groups up to 30. Other animals include buffalo, bush pig, elephant,
giraffe, leopard, lion, porcupine and antelope.
Rubondo Island National Park comprises
of Rubondo and 9 smaller islands tucked into a corner of Lake Victoria,
providing a variety of habitats from savannah to open woodland,
dense forest, papyrus swamps and sandy beaches. The bird life is
unique with birds flocking from east, central and southern Africa
to breed. Bee-eaters, fish eagle, ibis, kingfisher and saddle-billed
stork can be seen.