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Mahale Mountains

a landscape of tropical forests and jagged peaks on the banks of Lake Tanganyika

The Mahale Mountains is one of the country’s most beautiful parks, perched on the sandy banks of Lake Tanganyika in a remote corner of western Tanzania. In this fairy-tale landscape of tropical forests and jagged peaks, visitors can enjoy some of the world’s best chimpanzee viewing.

The lush, verdant slopes of the Mahale Mountains are the ideal habitat for a thriving population of wildlife, but chimpanzee tracking is the park’s claim to fame. Trekking through the dense vegetation in the mist of the early morning, listening to the sounds of the forest and the intermittent shrieks of chimpanzees is a truly magical experience.

There are approximately 1,000 chimpanzees within the boundaries of Mahale, but most famous are the Mimikere troop. Having been under the study of researchers for many years this wild troop are well habituated, allowing for incredible viewing at close quarters where you can watch them forage, groom and play.

Although chimps are the stars of the show, the park harbours a variety of other creatures to look out for, such as red-tailed, vervant and red colobus monkeys, as well as giant forest squirrels, sable, warthog and over 350 bird species.  

When you’re not enjoying wildlife excursions, Lake Tanganyika offers powder-white sands to unwind on and a range of activities to try. Fishing and snorkelling are popular, but those with a thirst for adrenaline can climb to the 2,462m high summit of Mount Nkungwe.  

If you’re looking for a unique safari experience in one of Tanzania’s most stunning regions, get in touch with one of our specialists who will be able to put together your tailor-made itinerary.

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