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Mahale Mountains National Parks

The park like its northerly neighbor Gombe is home to some of the Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzees, a population of roughly 900,they are habituated to human visitors by a Japanese research project founded in the 1960s.

 

Tracking the chimps of Mahale is a magical experience.

Mahale is located in the 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 -October) is the best period. During this period, chimpanzees are likely to be seen in big 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 all year round. A visit in the rainy season can also be a memorable experience, made remarkable by views of the neighbouring country DR Congo across the water and by incredible lightning storms that light up the lake at night.

Tourist attractions

  • 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
  • Snorkeling
  • Sports fishing and many more water sports activities

Park Accessibility

Mahale is accessible by air, road and boat. There are several flights, car and boat options to suit most travelers and chimps lovers:

Direct flights to Mahale

This is the easiest way to reach Mahale. During the peak tourist season (June to October) the three tour operators with camps in Mahale schedule regular flights between the park and Arusha town. Between October and March flights arrive and leave twice each week. Between March, April and the first half of May Camps close therefore there are no scheduled flights.

However it is also possible for visitors to arrange their own charter flights. Tanzania has a large number of charter flight companies such as Air Excel, Northern Air and Regional Air to mention a few. Private charters can be arranged from major cities of Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam, Mwanza or Zanzibar.

The airstrip at Mahale is suitable for light aircraft only with the capacity of up to 12 passengers.

Recommended Tour Packages

7 Days - Exclusive Gorilla Safaris

This tour starts from Kampala/ Entebbe, visiting the mountain gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda, or Congo and game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Top or local hotels and lodges are used throughout, and transport is by customized 4x4 vehicles.

10 Days - Best of Lake Mburo

Trip highlight: Lake Mburo, gorilla tracking in Bwindi, boat trips and game drives in Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, visiting the Batwa in Bwindi and Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest.

14 Days - Rwanda and Kenya Wildlife Safaris

The Masai Mara provides some of the best game viewing in Africa and is renowned for the Great Migration. In Rwanda, tracking chimpanzees is a highlight and Nyungwe is best known for its large troop of Ruwenzori colobus monkeys, with 13 primate species and over 275 bird species.

9 Days -Wild Primate Safaris

Day 1: NGAMBA ISLAND Take a visit to the chimpanzees’ island! This day trip includes boat transportation from Entebbe, UWEC visits and viewing of chimpanzees being fed on the visitors’ plat form and viewing of traditional fishing villages.

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