Lying in the Great Rift Valley are the inland lakes, Lake Victoria and Lake Tanganyika.
All three national parks in the circuit offer the only safe opportunities to see chimpanzees in the wild today.
The habitats of these areas are a merger between western Africa and East Africa therefore the cultures, rainfall and flora are unique to this small area.
The western circuit is seldom experienced on its own but is more often an addition to either the southern or northern circuits or both.
The western circuit is so remote that travel by both aircraft and boat is necessary in order to experience this lovely side of Tanzania
Gombe Stream National Park is situated in the western border of Tanzania and is easily accessible by boat from Kigoma town which is 16 km to the south. It is a park without roads where you can experience nature on foot accompanied by the park guide..
Mahale offers a number of outstanding attractions for visitors, from tracking wild habituated chimpanzees, to mountain climbing, snorkelling, fishing, kayaking and relaxing on deserted, pristine, white, sandy beaches.
Saanane Island is an ideal place for game viewing, bird watching, rock hiking, boat cruise, walking, picnics, bush lunch, photographing/filming, meditation and sport fishing.
Katavi National Park is at its best in the dry season, when the plains fill with thousands of zebra, topi and impala. Hartebeest, giraffe, and Defassa waterbuck are also very common, there's a large population of resident elephants, and some impressive herds of buffalo.