Not just a chimpanzee trekking destination, Mahale National Park has an absurdly good beach with gin clear waters. And the park itself would stake its claim as one of the most interesting destinations in Africa. Mahale is located in Western Tanzania to the South of Kigoma town, it borders Lake Tanganyika – the World’s longest, second deepest and least polluted freshwater lake that harbors an estimated 1000 unique fish species.
Like its northerly neighbor Gombe, this park is home to some of the Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzees, a population of roughly 900. Tracking the chimps of Mahale is a magical experience that must be seen to appreciated. Mahale’s chimps have been studied and habituated for more than 40 years and are well accustomed to people. Nevertheless, they are wild animals so need their space, so care and respect are the order of the day.
There are many things to do while at Mahale. There are unique animals to see like the Angola Colobus monkey (pictured), and a wide range of forest birds. Lake Tanganyika is spectacular and includes activities like snorkeling, water sports activities and just relaxing and enjoying the beach. Local sports fishermen can be seen until the setting sun ends their day. And a hike to the Park’s highest point “Nkungwe” (8,069 feet) holds mysteries untold. Mahale is one of the most unique safari destinations in Tanzania. Enjoy!
Prices are per person and range from $1,520 to $5,250 depending on duration and lodging. For more details about itineraries and prices go to our Tour Packages page.