BURIGI - CHATO NATIONAL PARK
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BURIGI-CHATO NATIONAL PARK- “The gladdest moment in human life, methinks, is a departure into unknown lands”
Gazetted as a National Park in 2019 Burigi Chato covers 4,707 sq. km making it the 4th largest National Park in Tanzania. Stretching from Lake Victoria in the East to the Rwandan boundary in the West Burigi Chato is an enormous piece of wild country encompassing fresh water lakes, long hills, rocky crags along escarpments, deeply set valleys lined with forest, open plains, swamps, rivers, flood plains and hundreds of square kilometers of medium and tall grass wooded savanna – mostly Combretum and Terminalia known as Miombo.
The National Park is situated close to the border of Lake Victoria, boarder of Rwanda’s Akagera National Park, Uganda’s Kikati game reserve, rangeland is to north of the Katungo River, the Lake Mburo National Park and is surrounded by the wondrous waters of the Kagera River and Lake Burigi. This National Park is set among the pictorial beauty of the lakes and the riverside which is a delight for the eyes of any tourist and one of the special features about the wild life of this park is that one of the largest antelopes of the world the statuesque Cape eland is found here.
THE PARK’S INTENDED IMPACT
The Burigi-Chato National Park is the third largest wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania. Previously a game reserve, Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli made it known to the public he was planning on changing its status in an effort to boost tourism in the area, and take advantage of the Chato Airport that would facilitate visitors to access the area.
While at Burigi-Chato National Park expect to see a numerous number of the natural landscapes and magnificent mountainous sceneries. You will also be able to spot varieties of wildlife, the preserved ecological systems, and amazing lakes.
- Game drive wildlife Safari
- Walking safari
- Canoeing in lake Burigi
- Photographic safari
- Honeymoon safari
- Cultural safari
The National Park has a wide collection of wildlife and some of them are elephant, buffaloes, antelopes, lions, leopards, zebras and giraffes. It also extends to the eastern side towards the Kimisi, Ibanda-Kyerwa and Rumanyika-Karagwe National Park Tanzania. So just book a trip to this amazing national park.
A key attraction in this National Park are the lakes with Lake Burigi being the 3rd largest lake in the country. It is a long lake with a number of islands, inlets and bays along its length, some of which are swampy and are home for the rare sitatunga antelope, and possibly also the even rarer shoebill stork.
All the lakes lie along winding valleys lined with trees and occasional palms. They are tranquil and beautiful and provide wonderful opportunities for boating and water borne game viewing, as well as sites for camps and small lodges.
There is an atmosphere here of untouched remote wilderness, and that a lifetime of exploring would not reveal all its corners and treasures.
CLIMATE AND SEASONS
This part of East Africa has two rainfall peaks. One in November / December and another in March / April, with dry weather from June to September. Temperatures are pleasant with cool nights and warm days. From June to October conditions are dry and wildlife will be increasingly concentrated around the lakes and the many fresh water springs found throughout the Park. The green season starts in October with the first rains, but the hilly terrain and stony soils make access possible to most areas, and wildlife spreads out through green wooded valleys and numerous small plains.
ATTRACTIONS IN THE BURIGI-CHATO NATIONAL PARK
This national park has a wide collection of wildlife. It includes Animals are elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, lions, leopards, zebras, giraffes, chimpanzees, gorillas, and chimpanzees. There are some rare species of birds that are also found in the Burigi-Birahamulo, Kimisi, Ibanda, and Rumanyika National Park and some of them are fish eagles, papyrus Gonolek, and bizarre shoebill stork.
Wildlife numbers are increasing throughout the Park with Elephant, Buffalo, zebra, giraffe, waterbuck, eland, warthog, roan, topi, impala, sable and many other smaller species being regularly seen. Oribi are also commonly found. A fewer common species is the swamp dwelling sitatunga. The big cats lion, leopard and cheetah are present and can be enjoyed on many a game drive. There are also many crocodile and hippo in the lakes and Rivers.
There are viewing tracks available, giving visitors access to more and more of the Park for exploring and game viewing. Boating and enjoying wildlife from the lakes is also possible by prior arrangement with the Park authorities.
Activities Game viewing by vehicle or from a boat, guided hiking and fishing are the main activities.
Currently there are public and special campsites and moves are under way to encourage permanent camps and lodges.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT BURIGI – CHATO NATIONAL PARK
While at Burigi – Chato National Park expect to see;
- The natural landscape and magnificent mountainous sceneries;
- Varieties of wildlife;
- Preserved ecological system;
- Amazing lakes;
WHAT TO DO AT BURIGI – CHATO NATIONAL PARK
- Safari game drive
- Honeymoon safari
- Photographic safari
- Cultural safari
- Who to take you to Burigi
HOW TO GET THERE:
The nearest local town is Chato which has an International Airport, and private charters are possible to an airstrip near the Nkonje Ranger Post beside Lake Burigi, or to the Birahamulo airstrip.
Chato to the Katete Gate is 40 km. Safari ideas Burigi Chato National Park makes a perfect beginning or end point for a boat or yacht tour of the southern shores and islands of Lake Victoria. Such a safari could also start or end at Musoma, and would include visits to Saanane and Rubondo Island National Parks.