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the Western circuit

safari circuit the Western circuit

The isolated far west of Tanzania presents a unique opportunity to escape the tourist crowds and provide the real essence of the African bush. You can see chimpanzees in their natural habitat at Gombe Stream or Mahale Mountains and trek through breathtaking forests. Kitavi is also exceptional for hippo and lion populations.

These are areas where you also get to visit the Great Lakes of the Rift Valley: Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika, Lake Nyasa (Malawi) and Lake Rukwa.

Because of the extreme distances involved in visiting Western Tanzania, safaris are manily flying safaris. If you wish to see an example of both a luxury trip and a lodge trip have a look at our sample west itineraries. For more information please contact us directly and our our staff will help you design your own personal Tanzania safari selected from our wide range of locations.

national parks in the west

Katavi & Mahale

Katavi and Mahale are true wilderness that are hardly visited thus providing the few intrepid souls who make it there with a thrilling taste of the real Africa as it must have been a century ago. They are located in the far west part of Tanzania. The bulk of Katavi supports a hypnotically featureless cover of tangled brachystegia species, home to substantial but elusive populations of the localized eland, sable and roan antelopes. But the main focus for game...


As the result of Jane Goodall's research, Gombe Stream has long been renowned for its chimps. Gombe is much closer to Kigoma (a local town with a small airport) than Mahale and hence it's easier to reach. A night will usually be spent at Kigoma, perhaps at the Hilltop Hotel, after which you will then depart by boat with your own guide from Kigoma to Gombe. Gombe is an oblong strip of rugged, mountainous terrain dominated by many steep-sided ridges and...