The park, like its northerly neighbor Gombe, is home to some of Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzees, a population of roughly 900. They are familiar to human visitors due to a Japanese research project founded in the 1960s.
Tracking the chimps of Mahale is a magical experience.
Mahale is located in Western Tanzania to the South of Kigoma town. It is bordering Lake Tanganyika, the World’s longest, second deepest, and least polluted freshwater lake, harbouring an estimated 1000 fish species.
Best time to visit the park
The dry season; (May to October). During this period, chimpanzees are likely to be seen in large groups, the sunshine illuminates the fish in the lake, and the beach is an inviting place to relax. However, Mahale Mountains National Park is accessible throughout the year. A visit in the rainy season can also be a memorable experience, made remarkable by views of the neighboring country, DR Congo across the water, and by incredible lightning storms that light up the lake at night.
- The Chimpanzees
- Chain of Mountains (Mahale range)
- Forest fauna and flora (Angola colobus, red colobus, red-tailed and blue monkeys, forest birds, alpine bamboo, montane rain forest etc).
- Beach along Lake Tanganyika
- Local fishermen
- Sun set on the Lake horizon
What to do
- Chimp tracking (allow two days)
- Hiking to the Park’s highest point “Nkungwe” (8,069ft) held sacred by the local Tongwe people.
- Camping safaris
- Sports fishing and many more water sports activities