About Burigi Chato National Park
The National Park is situated close to the border of Lake Victoria, the border of Rwanda, and is surrounded by the wondrous waters of the Kagera River and Lake Burigi. 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 Biharamulo airstrip.
Recently gazetted as a National Park Burigi Chato combines 3 former Game Reserves into 1 unit that is now 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 the wild country encompassing freshwater 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 best time to visit Burigi Park
The best time to visit Burigi National Park is from June to September
A key attraction in this National Park is 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 shoe billed stork.
The park offers a number of tourist excursion activities, which go from game viewing, boat excursion, sport fishing, camping, bird watching, and Nature walking safaris.