The Wild West of Tanzania is an area in the southwestern part of the country, bordering Lake Tanganyika. It is a truly remote paradise in the western frontier. Here you will find two fabulous and contrasting national parks, Katavi National Park and Mahale Mountain National Park. The remote location of this area, five hours by light air transfer from Arusha, certainly makes this qualify for off the beaten path. These are also lesser known areas compared to the famed northern circuit of the country, so you are guaranteed an incredibly private and wild safari experience.
Katavi has huge plains game and seasonal rivers attract hippos and crocodiles in the thousands when water begins to dry up. With only a handful of camps, your game viewing experiences are phenomenal and many types of wildlife make their home here.
The Mahale Mountains border Lake Tanganyika and create an ideal environment for wild chimpanzees and leopard. A stay at a lakeside camp here can offer treks in the mountains to see chimpanzees as well as water based activities - surfing, sailing, fishing and swimming.