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Mahale Mountains National Park

Mahale Mountains National Park, located in the remote western regions of Tanzania, is a hidden gem perched along the pristine shores of Lake Tanganyika. This park, famed for its towering peaks that reach into the clouds, offers an exclusive wildlife adventure — trekking with chimpanzees.

The park is renowned as the premier destination for chimpanzee viewing globally, with an estimated population of 800 to 1,000 chimpanzees distributed across roughly 12 groups, including the well-known ‘M’ group. Beyond its primary allure, Mahale Mountains captivate visitors with their lush, jungle-covered peaks that cascade down to a stunning beachfront along the clear waters of Lake Tanganyika, the second deepest lake in the world.

Visitors to Mahale can engage in a variety of activities including chimpanzee trekking, boating, canoeing, fishing, swimming, and leisurely beach relaxation. The park is also home to the iconic Greystoke Camp, a top-rated facility that justifies the journey’s effort and expense. Many wildlife experts consider the chimpanzee encounters in Mahale to be the finest wildlife experience across Africa.

Essential Information for Visitors:

Mahale typically requires a minimum stay of three to four nights, with a four-night stay highly recommended to fully immerse in the extraordinary environment. While Western Tanzania is often touted as a destination for seasoned safari-goers, Mahale is equally welcoming to first-time safari travelers. This contrasts with Katavi National Park, a nearby destination favoured by safari enthusiasts, yet Mahale offers a broad appeal, making it a fantastic choice for all types of visitors.

Best Time to Visit:

The ideal time to visit Mahale aligns with the dry season, from July to October, when chimpanzee sightings are most frequent and the animals tend to be closer to the lower mountain areas, easing the trekking efforts. The park is closed during the April and May rains but remains a compelling destination throughout the rest of the year, even though it might require more challenging hikes during other periods.

Travel Tips:

If making the journey to Mahale, consider extending your stay to four nights to truly experience everything the park has to offer. Additionally, combining your visit with a trip to Katavi National Park can enhance your experience, making for an exceptional week-long safari adventure that is among the best we offer.

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