About Mahale Mountains

MAHALE MOUNTAINS

About Mahale Mountains

Mahale is located in the Western Tanzania to the South of Kigoma town, it is bordering Lake Tanganyika-the World’s longest, second deepest and least polluted freshwater lake-harboring an estimated 1000 fish species.

Mahale Mountains National Park is home to one of Africa’s most studied chimpanzee populations. The support that visitors give through payment of park entrance fees provides the Park with the means to safeguard and protect this unique population of chimpanzees and the beautiful forest that they inhabit.

The park like its northerly neighbor Gombe is home to some of the Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzees, a population of roughly 900, they are habituated to human visitors by a Japanese research project founded in the 1960s. Tracking the chimps of Mahale is a magical experience.

The dry season (May -October) is the best period. During this period, chimpanzees are likely to be seen in big groups, the sunshine illuminates the fish in the Lake and the beach is an inviting place to relax. However, Mahale Mountains National Park is accessible all year round.

A visit in the rainy season can also be a memorable experience, made remarkable by views of the neighboring country DR Congo across the water and by incredible lightning storms that light up the lake at night.

Getting there:
Road provides accessibility to Kigoma, but it can be rough and impassable, especially in the rainy season. From Arusha it takes 2 or 3 days to reach Kigoma by car, a 4-wheel drive vehicle is required. Air Tanzania schedules daily flights from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma. The flight takes about 3 hours.

Highlights

  • THE CHIMPANZEES
  • CHAINS OF MOUNTAINS (MAHALE RANGE)
  • FOREST FLORA AND FAUNA (ANGOLA COLOBUS, RED COLOBUS, RED-TAILED AND BLUE MONKEYS, FOREST BIRDS, ALPINE BAMBOO, MONTANE RAIN FOREST ETC.)
  • SUNSET ON THE LAKE HORIZON

ACTIVITIES

  • Chimp Tracking
  • Hiking to the park’s highest point ‘Nkungwe’ held sacred by the local Tongwe people.
  • Camping
  • Snorkeling
  • Sports fishing

WILDLIFE

Mahale Mountains National Park is home to one of Africa’s most studied chimpanzee populations. There is also an estimated 1000 fish species.