This region of Tanzania is quite simply miles from anywhere and mercifully free from all but the more intrepid tourists. Authentic Africa at its best await the hard
Gombe stream National park
Located along Lake Tanganika and the smallest national park in Tanzania, this park is famous for Dr. Jane Goodall’s chimpanzee research. Walking safaris are the only option available here and no other traditional safari game is present, but the experience of tracking chimpanzees in the wild is unforgetable.
Mahale National Park
Unique scenery, with the majestic Mahale Mountains popping out of the shore of Lake Tanganika along with the opportunity to see chimpanzee in the wild, make this park a real gem. The location makes it an adventure to arrive there. Plenty of traditonal safari game in addition to the chimpanzees make this a bit more exhilerating to track the chimpanzees and the larger size of the habitat make this a bit tougher to locate the chimps compared to Gombe Stream.
Katavi National Park
A chance to experience the feel of safaris of old. Virtually devoid of infrastructure, encountering other tourists is a rarity. Katavi’s density of large mammals is second only to the Serengeti. This park is best visited during August until early November, when the animals congregate around the available water sources. The park is best known for the huge numbers of hippos. A trip to Katavi is a highly rewarding experience for the adventurous.
Rubondo National Park
Rubondo Island National Park is comprised of Rubondo Island and nine smaller Islands tucked into the corner of Lake Victoria north-west of Mwanza. The park provides a variety of habitats ranging from savannah to open woodland, dense forest, papyrus swamps and sandy beaches. It is a protection for precious fish breeding ground and is very attractive for sport fishing. There is a wide variety of animals including bushbuck, crocodile, genet, hippo, mongoose, vervet monkey and the reclusive sitatuga – a shaggy aquatic antelope. Also dwelling inside the park are introduced species such as chimpanzee, elephant and giraffe. The bird-life is unique with migrating birds from East, Central and Southern Africa flocking to “Bird Island” from December to February to breed. Bee-eaters, fish eagle, ibis, kingfisher and saddle-billed stork will be seen while tilapia and Nile perch abound in the lake. Wild flowers are at their best from November to March. both walking safaris and boat safaris are available for this park.