Mahale National Park

The ultimate location for chimpanzee safaris, Mahale is one of the most remote and scenically breathtaking areas in East Africa Mountains, forest and the crystal clear water of Lake Tanganyika combine to make this a unique African safari destination. Mahale is one of Tanzania’s most diverse and dramatically distinctive national parks.

Size and situation: 1,613 sq km. In Western Tanzania, Mahale National Park lies on the edge of Lake Tanganyika.
 

Landscapes: The forested mountains rise from the crystal waters of the lake to over eight thousand feet above sea level.

Wildlife: Mahale National Park is arguably the best place in Africa for a chimpanzee safari. There are between 1,500 and 2,000 chimpanzees in the park.

It's not just about chimps. Chimpanzees aside, the forest at Mahale is a magical place to explore. Interlaced with rivers and waterfalls, it is home to eight other species of primate, including black and white colobus, red colobus and red-tailed monkeys.

Numerous other mammal species have been sighted in the park; some such as bush pig are relatively common. Leopard, though not uncommon are rarely seen, but often heard.

There are over 300 species of butterfly recorded and the western slopes of the Mahale Mountains are unique because they contain savanna adapted species of eastern and southern Africa and forest adapted species of western and central Africa or the Congo Basin.

 

Activities: The highest peak in the Mahale range is at 2,462m, and the only way to explore this park is on foot. If there are no roads, numerous pathways and tracks allow visitors to enjoy truly beautiful forest walks and experience the chance of encountering some of the many different inhabitants of the lowland forests and higher woodlands and savannahs.

An angler's paradise, Mahale is one of the best locations on Lake Tanganyika for fishing. Due to the effective control along the park's borders, there is an abundance of fish in the area. Some of the types of species caught are the Sangara (Nile Perch) and Kuhe (Yellow Belly).

Swimming and snorkeling are other pleasures of the Tanganyika Lake’s shores.

Climate: Mahale has two seasons, a dry season from June to October and a rainy season from November to May.

 

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