WESTERN CIRCUIT

Eastern Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) baby with mother grooming juvenile, Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania

Gombe Stream National Park

Gombe is the smallest of Tanzania’s national parks, but thanks to Dr. Jane Goodall, one of the best known. Since 1960, Goodall and colleagues have lived among the Gombe chimpanzees, making significant contributions to the study of primates. Travel to the Park is by water only from Ujiji or Kigoma.

The forests are alive with the famous chimpanzee, red colobus and red-tail and blue monkeys. You can also spot bushbuck and bush pig and gray duiker. The lakeshore is home to the pied and giant kingfishers, the crowned eagle, the African broadbill, Ross’s turaco and the trumpeter hornbill.

Mahale Mountain Park

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Mahale Mountains, like Gombe, are home to some of the last remaining wild chimpanzees in Africa. The Park is reached by boat or plane, both of which are available for charter. May to October is the best time to visit. There are no roads and all game viewing is done on foot. Mahale is a unique ecological zone with lowland forest, moist and dry savannah, miombo and open woodlands. Animals range from elephant, buffalo, leopard and primates to roan and sable antelopes, giraffe, kudu, eland, leopard and lion.

Rubondo National Park

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Rubondo Island National Park is made Rubondo Island and islands in Lake Victoria. Hippopotamus, crocodiles, lizards, sitatunga, giraffe, a variety of birds and big fresh water fish including the giant Nile Perch, are among the major wildlife found here. The island is rich of flora and fauna, and most stricking, are the hippo and crocodile population in the lake. These two different animal spices decorate the lakeshores during the early morning and evening hours. This park covers an area of 240 sq kms and is famous for its various species of plants ranging from savannah and open woodland to dense forest and papyrus swamps. The park is located about 300 kms from the Mwanza port.

Katavi National Park

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The Katavi National Park was established in 1974 covering an area of 2253 square kilometers. It is about 40 kilometers south east of Mpanda town. Despite of being dissected by the Mpanda – Sumbawanga road, it is considered by many as difficult to reach that make

Katavi one of the unspoiled and beautiful national parks in Tanzania. The main vegetation in the park is miombo woodland, acacia parkland, grassland plain and swamps around the River Katuma, which joins Lake Katavi and Lake Chada. The lakes (Katavi and Chada) that are joined by the River Katuma give an excellent attraction to the visitors. Bird Watching around lakes and swamps provide the safest breeding ground for the birds, for that matter, over 400 species of birds have been recorded in Katavi National Park, among them are pelicans, which are easily observed. Katavi has one of the largest undisturbed herds of buffalo in Tanzania, hippos, crocodiles and other sorts of reptiles. Other animals include lions, leopards, roan and sable antelopes, reedbuck, topi, eland, zebra and elephants.

The best time to visit the park is July to October; it is dry.

Ugala Forest National Park:

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The park is located in western part of Tanzania, lying between Tabora and Rukwa regions. The Ugala Forest National Park is on the west of Ugala River Game Reserve consists of a broken table-like plateau that connects with Masito Hills on the west, with few narrow and steep valleys.

The park has a considerable number of chimpanzees, which are under the project observations. The forest reserve covers an area of 2800 square kilometers in the western plateau, which is bounded by the Uvinza-Mpanda Road in the west, the River Malagalasi in the north, the Ugala River in the East and a drop-off to the lower elevation to the south. The Forest Reserve is dominated by canyons, which are seasonal oriented, [they run dry during dry season]. Grass and miombo woodlands are types of vegetations dominating the park, which support remarkable population of primates and other species such as reptiles and birds such as owls.

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