Tanzania Safaris – western circuit safaris
Western Circuit presents a unique opportunity to escape the tourist crowds and enter the hear of the bush. You can see chimpanzees in their natural habitat at Gombe Stream or Mahale Mountains and trek through breathtaking forests. Kitavi is exceptional for hippo and lion.
You can also visit the great lakes: Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika, Lake Nyasa (Malawi) and Lake Rukwa.
GOMBE STREAM NATIONAL PARK
Gombe Stream National Park is famous for its social chimpanzee living harmony to this rain forest set amidst mountains and steep valley.
The National Park has very rare carnivores in the forest making it the ideal place for a walking safari or a swim in one of the streams.
MAHALE NATIONAL PARK
Is famous for its elephants, leopards, zebras, roan antelopes, hyena, wild dogs, giraffes, and buffaloes.
The vegetation of the Mahale is populated with the Miombo woodland, the narrow forest along the rivers.
KATAVI NATIONAL PARK
The park is the third largest in Tanzania with an area approximately 4,500 square kilometers and was gazetted as a national park in 1974.It is famous for its unspoiled wilderness areas. vegetation of the park is scattered acacia trees near Lake Chada, the grassy Katavi flood plain and Miombo woodland. The park’s Lakes (Katavi and Chada) and river Katuma are rich in birdlife more than 400 species are recorded to date, and has the largest population of crocodiles and hippos in Tanzania.
RUBONDO ISLAND NATIONAL PARK
Is tucked in the southwest corner of Lake Victoria, the world’s second-largest lake, an inland sea sprawling between Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. With nine smaller islands under its wing, Rubondo protects precious fish breeding grounds.
Tasty tilapia form the staple diet of the yellow-spotted otters that frolic in the island’s rocky coves, while rapacious Nile perch, some weighing more than 100kg, tempt recreational game fishermen seeking world record catches.
Rubondo is more than a water wonderland. Deserted sandy beaches nestle against a cloak of virgin forest, where dappled bushbuck move fleet yet silent through a maze of tamarinds, wild palms, and sycamore figs strung with a cage of trailing taproots.
The shaggy-coated aquatic sitatunga, elsewhere the most elusive of antelopes, is remarkably easily observed, not only in the papyrus swamps it normally inhabits, but also in the forest interior.