Katavi National Park
Katavi National Park is Tanzania’s third largest National Park from Serengeti and Ruaha National Parks. Katavi was gazetted in 1974 and covers an area of 4500 sq km. Katavi has one of the best unspoilt wilderness areas. Its terrain includes the grassy Katavi flood plains to the north, miombo woodland in the west and the centre, the Katuma River and several seasonal lakes. Katavi is noted of its buffalo herds which is said to be among the largest in Tanzania as well as hippos and crocodiles. Other animal includes zebras, giraffes, leopards, elephants, lions and is also excellent for bird watching.
Gombe Stream National Park
Gombe Stream National Park covers an area of only 52sq km and is Tanzania’s smallest National Park. The Gombe stream area was gazetted as a game reserve in 1943 and in 1968 Gombe was designated as a National Park. Gombe Stream Nat. Park is one of the best Parks in Tanzania for tracking Chimpanzees. It’s also a good destination for hiking as travelers can hike in the Gombe forest. Other wildlife in the park is Columbus and vervet monkeys, bushbucks, baboons, bush pigs and a variety of birdlife.
Mahale Mountains National Park offers a number of outstanding attractions for visitors, from tracking wild habituated chimpanzees, to mountain climbing, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking and relaxing on deserted, pristine, white, sandy beaches.
Walking safaris in the beautiful, lowland forest allow close encounters with a vast array of birds and animals, including a group of habituated chimpanzees. The opportunity to track chimps in their natural habitat is Mahale’s foremost tourist attraction.
An ascent of the highest peak in the Mahale Mountains ridge, Mt. Nkungwe, is one of the most spectacular activities available to tourists. It takes 2-3 days to reach the summit, and the best time for climbing is during the dry season (May – October). Whilst camping on the mountain at night, it is often possible to see the spectacle of ‘fishing fire’, as the kerosene lamps carried by small fishing boats light up across the Lake.