Safaris in western Tanzania are in a league of their own with superb and contrasting wildlife experiences – but see a map to realise that they are seriously remote! Because of this, Tanzania safaris here usually expensive and so receive very few visitors
Gombe Stream National Park The park is located outside the Kigoma town about 16 kilometers covering only 52 square kilometers. The park is narrow strip of a mountainous country bordered by the crest of the African Rift Valley walls to the east and Lake Tanganyika to the west the deepest cold water lake in Africa.Gombe offers visitors the rare chance to observe the chimpanzee communities made famous by British explorer Jane Goodall. A number of monkey species can also be seen, red colobus, baboons, velvet, red-tail and blue monkey.
Mahale Mountains National Park The other sanctuary of the chimpanzee is the Mahale Mountains National Park which is reached by boat from Kigoma. Covering an area of 1,613 square kilometers, its western boundary is the shore of Lake Tanganyika. The vegetation of the Mahale is populated with the Miombo woodland, the narrow forest along the riversThe chimpanzee population of the park is estimated to about 1,000 which can be seen, in groups of between five and 30 at a time, in their natural habitat. Katavi National Park Main features of Tanzania's third largest park, located about 40 kilometers southwest of the town of Mpanda, are Lake Katavi, withits vast floodplains, the palm fringed Lake Chala and the Katuma River. The park covers an area of approximately 4,500 square kilometers of unspoiled wilderness areas compare with other parks in the country.The park is noted for Miombo woodland and scattered acacia trees scenery and is the home of zebras, sable and roan antelope, eland, leopard, elephant, buffalo and lion.
Rubondo Island National Park Rubondo Island National park comprises Rubondo Island and nine smaller islands tucked into a corner of Lake Victoria making the only island park in Tanzania. The park provides a variety of habitants, ranging from savannah to open woodland, dense forest, papyrus swamps and sandy beaches.Covering an area of 240 square kilometers Rubondo boasts a unique diversity of flora and fauna. There is also a wide variety of animal species, including hippo, crocodile, bushbuck, sitatunga, giraffe, elephant, chimpanzees, and velvet monkeys.The bird life is unique, with birds from east, central and southern breed they include ibises, storks, egrets, kingfishers, flycatchers and bee-eaters among others. Tilapia and Nile perch abound in the lake.