Western Hinterland:

GOMBE STREAM NATIONAL PARK

The cries cut through the silence of the forest. Cries of monkeys, birds and chimpanzees. The branches creak, from the movement of the primates hidden in the trees. A rustling of leaves, a cry, a leap. He appears on the path. We are going up, he’s coming down. We are going to cross paths. We don’t move, we don’t say anything, He moves on. Tanzania’s smallest national plark, Gombe Stream is a world centre of study on chimpanzees, and the location of the longest-running wildlife observation programme on the planet. Started in 1960 by British naturalist Jane Goodall, the chimpanzee study is now in its sixth generation. As an added bonus, Gombe Stream’s small size permits an easy and comprehensive visit, so don’t miss the opportunity to get out walking with every chance of meeting a couple of chimps on your way.


KATAVI NATIONAL PARK

Isolated, untrammelled and seldom visited, Katavi is a true wilderness, providing the few intrepid souls who make it there with a thrilling taste of Africa as it must have been a century ago. Tanzania’s third largest national park, it lies in the remote southwest of the country, within a truncated arm of the Rift Vally that terminates in the shallow, brooding expanse of Lake Rukwa. The bulk of Katavi supports a hypnotically featureless cover of tangled brachystegia woodland, home to substantial but elusive populations of the localised eland, sable and roan antelopes. But the main focus for game viewing within the park is the Katuma River and associated floodplains such as the seasonal Lakes Katavi and Chada. During the rainy season, these lush, marshy lakes are a haven for myriad waterbirds and they also support Tanzania’s densest concentrations of hippo and crocodile. It is during the dry season, when the floodwaters retreat, that Katavi truly comes into its own. The Katuma, reduced to a shallow, muddy trickle, forms the only source of drinking water for miles around and the flanking floodplains support game concentrations that defy belief. An estimated 4,000 elephants might converge on the area, together with several herds of 1,000-plus buffalo, while an abundance of giraffe, zebra, impala and reedbuck provide easy pickings for the numerous lion prides and spotted hyena clans whose territories converge on the floodplains. Katavi’s most singular wildlife spectacle is provided by its hippos. Towards the end of the dry season, up to 200 individuals might flop together in any riverine pool of sufficient depth. And as more hippos gather in one place, so does male rivalry heat up – bloody territorial fights are an everyday occurrence, with the vanquisted male forced to lurk hapless on the open plains until it gathers sufficient confidence to mount another challenge.


MAHALA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

This lovely National Park could be described as a tropical beach nirvana, Scenically, Mahale might have been transplanted from some uninhabited Indian Ocean island, with its white sandy beaches lepped by the transparent waters of Lake Tanganyika (the world’s longest, second deepest and reputedly least polluted fresh water body) and rising to forested peaks 2,000 m above shore. With an area of 1,600 sq km Mahale Mountains slopes harbour a divers forest fauna and flora, including readily observed troops of red colobus, red-tailed and blue monkeys. This park is home to thousands of chimpanzees, studies conducted by a group of Japanese scientists also take place here for four decades. You will find elephants, leopards and buffalos as well. Furthermore, there is always a lake nearby for refreshing dip and home to an estimated one- thousand colourful cichlid and other fish species.


LAKE TANGANYIKA

The first Europeans to encounter Lake Tanganyika were the British explorers Richard Francis Burton and John Hanning Speke, in 1887. Beginning on the eastern coast, they crossed Tanzania in search of the source of the Nile, finally coming upon the shores of this seemingly endless and bottomless body of water after months of great deprivation. Though this was not the mythic headwater of the great Nile (it is actually Lake Victoria, to the north), the sheer size of this lake, the world's longest at 446 mi. (714 km), made it a geographical bonanza in itself.



 
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