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Mahale Mountains National Park

Mahale Mountains National Park , chimpanzees take center stage as the park’s star attraction. Nestled within the forests of this mountainous terrain, approximately 900 chimpanzees reside, offering visitors a rare opportunity to witness these remarkable primates in their natural habitat. Trekkers can venture into the lush forests to visit the habituated Mimikere community, home to around 75 individuals. This community has been under the study of Japanese researchers since the 1960s, providing invaluable insights into chimpanzee behavior and social dynamics. The chance to observe these intelligent creatures up close in their wild surroundings is an unforgettable experience that epitomizes the allure of Mahale Mountains National Park.

Beyond its renowned chimpanzee population, Mahale Mountains National Park is distinguished by its remote location on the picturesque shores of Lake Tanganyika. This remarkable lake stands as the world’s longest contained freshwater body, adding to the park’s scenic charm and allure. Visitors to Mahale have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the pristine beauty of the park’s surroundings, from the dense forests teeming with wildlife to the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tanganyika, creating a truly enchanting and unforgettable safari experience amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Tanzania.

Best Time To GoAugust to October (Chimp trekking is easiest)

High SeasonAugust to October (Mahale is never crowded)

Size1,613km² / 623mi²

Altitude767-2,388m / 2,516-7,835ft

What Are The Major Activities Done In This National Park?

The primary and highly sought-after activity in Mahale Mountains National Park is chimpanzee trekking, typically commencing after breakfast but occasionally departing later, often even after lunch, contingent upon the movement and whereabouts of the chimpanzee groups. Visitors are led by experienced guides into the forest in search of these fascinating primates, offering the chance to observe them in their natural habitat.

In addition to chimpanzee trekking, visitors can partake in a variety of other activities within the park. Guided forest walks provide opportunities to encounter diverse species of monkeys and birds amidst the lush vegetation. Adventurers can embark on invigorating hikes to picturesque waterfalls nestled within the rainforest, immersing themselves in the park’s serene beauty. For those seeking aquatic adventures, dhow cruises and snorkeling excursions on Lake Tanganyika offer unparalleled opportunities to explore the vibrant underwater world and soak in the breathtaking scenery surrounding the park.

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