Western Circuit

Gombe Stream National Park

This is Tanzania’s smallest park, only 52 square km, but it is distinguishing as it is home to man’s closest genetic relative, the chimpanzee. On the shores of Tanganyika, this park offers beach side camping, hiking, swimming, and snorkelling, and of course Chimpanzee trekking. World renowned for Jane Goodall’s research with chimps, Gombe Stream is rich in primates, and has few carnivores, making a great hiking and swimming destination. Gombe Stream is usually accessed by flight and boat ride.

Mahale Mountains National Park

Dominated mostly by the Mahale Mountain chain, this park also borders Lake Tanganyika. Hiking and swimming are astonishing here, however, the most common reason for visitors to Mahale is Chimpanzee Trekking. Your guide will lead you on a trek through the wilderness, looking for signs of recent chimp activity, such as nests and discarded fruit. Mahale Mountains is accessed by aircraft or watercraft, and its 1613 square km need at least 2 full days of exploration!

Rubondo Island National Park

This exclusive park is on an island in Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest fresh water lake. Among others, habitants include giraffe, crocodile, parrot, bushbuck, as well as an astounding plethora of flowers. Some of the few visitors to this park are fisherman hoping to snag the biggest catch. Rubondo is home to protected breeding waters for many species of fish and is the only park where you can spot playful otters.

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