Western Tanzania, Safari Holiday Vacation Destinations

The Mystical Mahale Mountains on the Shores Of Lake Tanganyika

 Katavi, Mahale and Gombe are a long way from any other parks in Tanzania, and so access is by flying in light aircraft. Katavi has hippo pods of up to 600, while in Mahale and Gombe you can track chimpanzees.

Tanzania is a vast country and the two parks in the west, Katavi, Mahale and Gombe are a long way from any other parks in Tanzania. Access is by flying in light aircraft, usually from Northern Tanzania and flights usually take around four hours or more.

Because of the remoteness of the camps, operating costs are high and these are some of the most expensive parks to visit in Tanzania. However, those that do explore Katavi, Mahale and Gombe will find some of the most spectacular scenery and wildlife that there is on the entire African continent.

Katavi National Park

Katavi National Park is the wildest reserve in East Africa. It is best visited in the dry season when herds of up to 3,000 buffalo congregate on the plains. Lion and leopard are never far away. Cutting through the plains the Katasunga River has hippo pods of up to 600 and crocodiles of around 14 feet dug into damp mudholes in the river banks.

Mahale Mountains and Gombe Stream National Park

The Mahale Mountains and Gombe Stream National Park are on the shores of Lake Tanganyika and are Africa’s best place to track chimpanzees living in the mountains.

Visitors to Western Tanzania usually spend a week in the area, combining three days in Katavi with four in Mahale or vice versa, flying from one park to another.

Places within Western Tanzania

  • Katavi National Park
  • Mahale Mountains National Park
  • Gombe Stream National Park

Why Visit Western Tanzania.

  • To track the chimpanzees that live on the mountains.
  • The visit and stay in a remote park a long way from the other parks in Africa.
  • For the most spectacular scenery and wildlife that there is on the entire African continent.
  • To see the hippos Katavi National Park is famed for.
  • To swim, snorkel, fish and even relax on the shores and beaches of Lake Tanganyika.

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