|Herd of African buffalos.
Katavi National Park
Katavi is a select destination for safari-goers prepared to pay more to visit a remote
wildlife area of good quality, far from the crowds.
The park is a land of open plains, forests, bushlands, lakeshores and wetlands, known
for its huge herds of African buffalos, many hippos and crocodiles, and generally good
wildlife. The dry seasons from June to October are especially good, as the animals congregate
around the few permanent water sources. The herbivores are represented by elephants,
giraffes, zebras, impalas, reedbucks, roans, sables and others, the large predators
by lions, leopards and spotted hyaenas.
The park has a few small camps and lodges offering good comfort. A normal stay is at
least two days, preferably more if Katavi is the only savanna park in your itinerary.
The only realistic way of getting there is by chartered flight an interesting
combination is a fly-in safari to both Katavi and Ruaha.
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|Female hippo and her calf.
Gombe Stream National Park
Gombe is the smallest national park in Tanzania, and may be best known as the site for
Jane Goodall's research on chimpanzees. The park is set on the eastern shore of Lake
Tanganyika, and is covered by woodlands, forests and steep valleys. The chimpanzees
are the main attraction, but there are also many species of monkeys and some herbivore
Gombe has one small tented lodge on the shore of Lake Tanganyika, accessed by boat from
Kigoma. A stay is minimum two nights to allow time for chimpanzee trekking, but more
time can be spent exploring the forests, relaxing, swimming and snorkelling.
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|Troop of baboons.
Mahale Mountains National Park
Mahale is, like Gombe, set on the shore of Lake Tanganyika. It's a hilly park, featuring
mountains peaks up to 2,462 m/8,077 ft. Much of Mahale is covered in miombo woodland,
but there are also forests, mountain forests and bamboo forests. Most visitors come
for the chimpanzees, but there are also many monkeys, and the eastmost part of the park
has safari wildlife such as lions, giraffes, elephants, wild dogs and roan antelopes.
The park has two lodges, both situated on the shore. The reasonable length of a stay
depends much on your interests. You may want to spend one or two days exploring the
park, and add more time for swimming, fishing, snorkelling or boating.
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In addition to the above, there are a number of game reserves that receive very few
visitors, for example Uwanda,
Game Reserves. These parks are mainly poor as to infrastructure for tourism, park management,
wildlife conservation etc, and should only be considered by safari-goers prepared to
trade comfort for experiences way off the beaten track.