Mahale Mountains National Park in Tanzania is not only a sanctuary for some of the last remaining wild chimpanzees in Africa, but is also a region of striking natural beauty. It is located on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania, and consists of majestic forested peaks set against the white sand beaches of the lake. The rainforests teem with wild species, including hundreds of birds, as well as the park’s flagship species- the chimps. Primate trekking safaris take visitors on foot into the natural habitats of these fascinating creatures. There are also a host of other safari activities on offer, including snorkelling, fishing and kayaking. Lake Tanganyika is home to around a thousand fish species, and the savannah slopes of the mountains are home to species such as lions, giraffe, buffalo and antelope.

Why we like it

Sanctuary for some of the last wild chimpanzees in Africa; Stunning Lake Tanganyika scenery; Abundant rainforest wildlife; Variety of unique safari activities

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 1650 sq. km
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Chimpanzee
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Kigoma

Accommodation in Mahale Mountains National Park

Greystoke Lodge, Mahale

Greystoke Mahale is a magical luxury safari camp perched on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania’s Mahale Mountains National Park. The adventure starts before guests even reach the camp- after transferring to Mahale, a large wooden dhow is used to carry guests over to the camp. The camp’s main area is made up of a thatch-roofed main lodge with…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Mahale Mountains National Park

Aspect X: Tanzania Western Aspects Tour

Go where very few have been, and experience what very few have experienced. This seasonal safari tour (June–November) is all about getting to the remotest places in Tanzania. You will be flown in to the different reserves, which would normally take several days to get to if travelling by land. Katavi is simply magical, and is full of big game-…

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Duration: 8 nights
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Mahale and Gombe Chimpanzee Safari Tour

According to the World Wildlife Fund, Africa's wild chimpanzees are classified as an endangered species. Their distribution is restricted to Africa, in only a handful of countries. One of those countries is Tanzania. Gombe Stream National Park and Mahale Mountains National Park are both located on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, one of Africa's Great Lakes. Both are sanctuaries for…

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Duration: 9 Days
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Lookout for

African Wild Dog
Roan Antelope

Key Species

Colobus Monkey
Blue Monkey
Yellow Baboon
Red-tailed Monkey

African Fish Eagle
Livingstone's Turaco
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
Stuhlmann's Starling

Olive Sand Snake

Alpine Bamboo

Tropical Rainforest
Miombo Woodland

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 4
Mammals: 8
Birds: 7
Reptiles: 5
Trees: 8
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