Originated from its natural beauty, Tanzania has so much to offer to tourists that make it easier for them to plan their trip to Tanzania. Tourist attraction especially wildlife visiting in Tanzania has been divided into regional zones or circuits – Western Circuit being the one that all offering wonderful landscapes, fascinating environments and an overabundance of exciting safari activities. This Western Zone or sometime called Western Circuit will give more information about what Tanzania has in its western side of the country that of course travellers not to miss this zone when planning for their safaris to Tanzania.
Western Circuit comprises of Serengeti National Park with unique wildebeest migration – one of the most amazing wildlife spectacles in the world, Saanane Island National Park, Burigi – Chato National Park, Rubondo National Park, Gombe National Park, Mahale Mountains National Park, Ibanda – Kyerwa National Park, Rumanyika National Park, Kigosi National Park and Ugalla River National Park.
If you want to say hello to the primates, the western circuit will be suitable for you. Western safari circuit is where you get to explore the fascinating jungles of Tanzania to meet chimpanzees. But, it’s not all about the primates. Here, you can also find rare roan and sable antelope species as well as giraffes, hippos and if you’re lucky, you can spot elephants, leopards, zebras and maybe even a lion, too.
Since this western circuit is very remote, it depends on your itinerary, the main entry hubs into the western safari zone are Tanzania’s major international hubs: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Arusha or Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam. Most attractions are only accessible by either flying to Mwanza Airport and getting travel to mentioned parks by bus or by charter planes or a boat ride depending on the national park you want to visit firstly.
To get to Kigoma, the most accessible starting point is Dar es Salaam. If you are in Dar es Salaam, you can take the bus or train direct to Kigoma. If you come from Arusha, you have to travel by bus / van or fly to Mwanza and then connect to Kigoma by booked flights or by bus also. You can also start your safari from Dodomo by taking a direct flight or taking a bus to Kigoma directly. if you’re looking into visiting Katavi National Park first, it is most accessible through Arusha as plenty of flights are available from Arusha Airstrip via Safari Air Link such as Coastal Air or Uric Air to your final destinations.
As Western Circuit has been widely spread and characterized by Savanna land, the western circuit promises a different kind of adventure and an exciting side trip to any wildlife safari. Western Zone parks are not very popular with tourists as the majority usually go with Northern Zone Safari Parks almost like a reflex. But, what’s great about this circuit is that it offers something different than the “usual” – it’s the road less traveled. It features a profound virgin territory, primate safari experiences like chimpanzee trekking and, given that most of it is probably one of the most inaccessible areas in the country; it displays an unspoiled wilderness that’s just too captivating not to stare at.