Mahale Mountains National Park

Mahale Mountains National ParkThe Mahale Mountains National Park lies on the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika and is in one of the most remote locations in Tanzania. The park has a unique combination of forests, mountains and lakes, and is home to some of Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzees.
Fauna that inhabit the park include lions, elephant, hippo, buffalo, giraffe and leopard.
The lake contains more than 250 species of fish found nowhere else on earth.

About Mahale Mountains National Park

Size: 1,613 sq km
Location: Western Tanzania, bordering Lake Tanganyika.

Getting there

Charter flight from Arusha, Dar or Kigoma.
Charter private or national park motorboat from Kigoma, three to four hours.
Weekly steamer from Kigoma, seven hours, then hire a local fishing boat or arrange with park HQ for pickup in park boat, another one or two hours.

What to do

Chimp tracking (allow two days); hiking; camping safaris; snorkelling; walking safaris