The Mahale Mountains is an extraordinarily beautiful national park on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. Chimp tracking is the chief attraction here, and thanks to Jane Goodall’s pioneering research in the 1960s, the wild chimpanzees are habituated, and guided walks offer a good chance of encountering them.
Katavi National Park is a remote classic dry season reserve. It contains large tracts of Miombo woodland crossed by a number of rivers, each with wide floodplains. Between May and November, these open floodplains attract abundant game, allowing for superb wildlife viewing.