Mahale Mountains Safari Guide – Chimpanzee Tracking at Lake Tanganyika

Mahale Mountains National Park is located in one of the most remote locations in Tanzania, on the western border with the Congo, against the dramatic shores of Lake Tanganyika. Accessible only by small aircraft, the park is the home of a large chimpanzee population that is well acclimatised to human contact. Although the nearby Gombe Stream National Park is more famous, the primate population in Mahale Mountains is more numerous and sightings more regular and prolonged.

Observing the chimpanzees in their natural habitat, one cannot help but be touched by their natural grace and anthropomorphic features. Although remote, a chimpanzee safari to Mahale Mountains National Park is well worth the effort. Hikes to their habitation areas are accessible and not strenuous, although being in good physical condition will ease the strain of walking through the jungle! Up close, observing the endangered primates is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Wildlife of Mahale Mountains National Park

The main attraction that every visitor goes to this park to see is the chimpanzees of which there are an estimated seven hundred to a thousand in the park. However, for those who wish to explore deeper, also look out for other fascinating wildlife in the park such as warthog, bush pig, elephant, buffalo, yellow baboons, monkeys, roan and sable antelope, kudu, beautiful butterflies and the elusive leopard. As well as forest birds including crested guinea fowl and Ross’s turaco.

Chimp Safaris in Mahale Mountains National Park

The ultimate activity in the Mahale Mountains National Park is the once-in-a-lifetime experience of tracking wild chimpanzees. After tracking their trails through the forest in the company of an experienced guide you will have the incredible opportunity to see these fascinating creatures going about their daily life in their natural habitat.

Truly breathtaking!  However, there are also other numerous walking trails to allow you to get close to nature and experience the wildlife and beauty of this region. Be sure to keep an eye out for the playful vervet, red colobus and white spot nose monkeys. Visitors can also swim, fish and snorkel in Lake Tanganyika. White-sand beaches provide a perfect spot for relaxation after a morning walk in search of chimps.

Highlights of Mahale National Park

Watching wild chimpanzees at play – one of life’s great experiences.
Hiking through lush forest to see native fauna and flora and forest wildlife.
3 Relaxing at Lake Tanganyika on perfect white-sand beaches.

Tanzania Parks & Reserves

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Serengeti National Park

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Kilimanjaro National Park

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Selous Game Reserve

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Mahale Mountains

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Arusha National Park

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Lake Manyara

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Ruaha National Park

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Gombe Stream

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Ngorongoro Crater

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Mkomazi National Park

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Kitulo National Park

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Uzungwa Mountains

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Tarangire National Park

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Mikumi National Park

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Saadani National Park

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Katavi National Park

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