Mahale Mountains National Park

Mahale Mountains National Park

Famous for its population of wild chimpanzees and beautiful lake views.

Mahale Mountains National Park, located on the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania, is a remote and breathtaking wilderness known for its population of wild chimpanzees and stunning lake views. Covering approximately 1,613 square kilometers, this park is one of the few places in the world where chimpanzees can be observed in their natural habitat. The park’s dense forests, rugged mountains, and pristine beaches offer a unique and tranquil safari experience.

What to Expect

Visitors to Mahale Mountains National Park can expect a blend of adventure, wildlife encounters, and serene landscapes. The park is home to an estimated 800 to 1,000 chimpanzees, with the Mimikire clan being the most habituated to human presence. Guided treks through the forest provide the opportunity to observe these fascinating primates up close as they play, groom, and interact with each other.

In addition to chimpanzees, the park boasts a variety of other wildlife, including colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, and a range of bird species. The park’s western boundary is bordered by the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tanganyika, offering activities such as snorkelling, kayaking, and relaxing on the pristine beaches. The combination of forest, mountains, and lake creates a picturesque setting that is both peaceful and exhilarating.

Activities and Highlights

  • Chimpanzee Trekking: Experience the thrill of tracking and observing wild chimpanzees in their natural habitat.
  • Forest Hikes: Explore the park’s lush forests on guided hikes, learning about its diverse flora and fauna.
  • Birdwatching: Discover a variety of bird species, including kingfishers, fish eagles, and colourful forest birds.
  • Lake Activities: Enjoy swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, and relaxing on the pristine beaches of Lake Tanganyika.
  • Cultural Visits: Engage with the local community and learn about their traditions and way of life.
  • Photography: Capture stunning images of wildlife, landscapes, and the picturesque lake.


Mahale Mountains National Park offers a range of accommodation options, from luxury lodges and tented camps to more rustic bush camps. Each provides a unique experience, whether you’re looking for comfort, adventure, or an authentic wilderness experience.

Travel Tips

  • Best Time to Visit: The dry season (June to October) is ideal for chimpanzee trekking and other outdoor activities. The wet season (November to May) can be more challenging for trekking but offers lush landscapes and fewer tourists.
  • What to Pack: Bring lightweight clothing, sturdy hiking boots, a hat, sunscreen, binoculars, and a good camera. Warm clothing is recommended for cool mornings and evenings. Insect repellent is also essential.
  • Health and Safety: Ensure you have the necessary vaccinations and anti-malaria medication. Always follow your guide’s instructions and respect the wildlife and local communities.

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