Must-see attractions in Western Tanzania

  • Katavi National Park, Tanzania
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    Katavi National Park

    Western Tanzania

    Katavi National Park, 35km southwest of Mpanda, is Tanzania’s third-largest national park (together with two contiguous game reserves the conservation…

  • Chimpanzee, Mahale Mountains, Tanzania.
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    Mahale Mountains National Park

    Western Tanzania

    It’s difficult to imagine a more idyllic combination: clear, blue waters and white-sand beaches backed by lushly forested mountains soaring straight out…

  • Common Chimpanzee - Scientific name - Pan troglodytes schweinfurtii portrait at Kibale Forest National Park, Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda, Africa
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    Gombe National Park

    Western Tanzania

    With an area of only 56 sq km, this is Tanzania’s smallest national park, but its famous primate inhabitants and its connection to Jane Goodall have given…

  • Livingstone’s Tembe

    Western Tanzania

    This deep-maroon-coloured, flat-roofed Arabic-style home, built in 1857, is the main attraction in these parts. It was Livingstone’s residence for part of…

  • Livingstone Memorial Museum

    Western Tanzania

    The site where the immortal words, ‘Dr Livingstone, I presume?’ were uttered by Stanley on meeting Livingstone in 1871 is commemorated by a stark grey…

  • Jakobsen’s (Mwamahunga) Beach

    Western Tanzania

    Jakobsen's is actually two tiny, beautiful sandy coves below a wooded hillside. The overall setting is idyllic, especially if you visit during the week…

  • Katonga

    Western Tanzania

    This large and colourful fishing village is quite a spectacle when the 200-plus wooden boats pull in with their catch. During the darkest half of the moon…

  • Port

    Western Tanzania

    Many people find Ujiji’s beach and small dhow port a charming step back into centuries past. They don't use power tools to build the boats, so the…

  • Kibirizi

    Western Tanzania

    There are many fishermen at Kibirizi, 2km north of town by the oil depots. The early-afternoon loading of the lake taxis is impressive in a noisy,…

  • Catholic Cathedral

    Western Tanzania

    This notable and attractive Catholic cathedral has concrete inner walls painted to look like wood and marble.

  • Kaiser House

    Western Tanzania

    This colonial-era building was constructed in the early years of the 20th century for German emperor Wilhelm II, who was planning a hunting expedition to…