About the National Parks
These two parks are sought after by those wishing to see man’s closest relative in Tanzania. They are both found along western Tanzania at the sores of the deepest lake in the world- Lake Tanganyika. Gombe is highlight when you are after a good chimpanzee treks and a feel of true African forest. It is home to a research center by Jane Goodall and home to other primates. Gombe can be accessed by charter boats. This park is exclusive and less disturbed.
Mahale is found in the mountainous region and offers the best Chimpanzee tracking experience in Tanzania. Other primates include red colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys and yellow baboons. Mahale is not accessible by road. Charter flights are available from Arusha. Fishing, Kayaking and walking expeditions can be experienced here. The rugged and forested mountains of Mahale expose a beauty not expected in such an environment. The spectacular white sandy beaches are such an attraction. Accommodation is limited here. Early plans are appreciated.
The same applies to its numbered lodges. Ruaha is also famed for its unique species of antelopes. It is characterized by its semi-arid and scrub vegetation, baobab and acacia tress. It has three rivers which give life to this park. It’s interesting to watch how elephants will also dig water pans on the river bed during the dry seasons. Ruaha which is also the largest national park in Tanzania boasts of both wildlife and plant diversity. Animals include elephants, buffalos, antelopes which include roan and sable, foxes, jackals, leopard, jackals and the rarely sighted wild dogs when you are lucky. It is found on the southern side of Tanzania and an ideal park for an off the beaten track safari.
The park with its rivers is a source of livelihood for people living downstream providing both water for agriculture and water for electricity. Ruaha is the perfect getaways for a perfect safari in Tanzania. It is an abundance of wildlife diversity.
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