Mahale Mountains National Park is one of the remote national parks in Tanzania with un-spoilt eco environment. It is located on the western border with Congo on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. Visiting Mahale Mountains National Park will give you an opportunity to see large chimpanzee populations with more numerous, regular and prolonged sightings compared to Gombe National Park. The park has a wide variety of habitats ranging from miombo forest, Kasoge (lowland) forest and montane rainforest home to various flora and fauna.
What to see and do in Mahale Mountains National Park
The park is home to notable primates of East Africa which include chimpanzees, red colobus, red-tailed monkey, blue monkey, giant squirrel, red-legged sun squirrel, brush-tailed porcupine, bushy-tailed mongoose, Angolan black-and-white colobus monkeys. These are best seen during the wet and fruit seasons which makes tracking them easy.
Mahale mountains National Park is home to over 300 species of birds among the notable species include Sharpe’s grysbok, red-collared widowbird, speckled mousebird, crowned eagle, bee-eater, roller, crested guineafowl, Ross’ turaco, white-browed robin-chat, red-winged starling, violet-backed starling and parrots.
Local communicates interactions with the chimpanzees. Mahale Mountains National Park is surrounded by various community groups leaving in harmony with the large chimpanzee communities. You will have an opportunity to learn how the local communities get to survive along with the chimpanzees in close proximity.
How to get to Mahale Mountains National Park
The park can easily be accessed by a scheduled or charter flight from Dar es Salaam, Mwanza or Arusha. You can as well use a slow train or fast train from Dar es Salaam to get to the park. You can as well access the park from the neighboring countries that is Burundi or Zambia by road.
What is the best time for visiting in Mahale Mountains National Park?
The best time for visiting Mahale Mountains National Park is during the rainy season which is best for chimpanzee sporting while the green vegetation blooms providing an astonishing scenic view (November to Mid- May) while dry season provides a chance for best photo taking, short and long hike (May to October). During this time fruits have grown and it is easy for chimpanzees to find food and gather their making it easy for tracking. Primates can however be seen all year round in Tanzania.
Where to stay in Mahale Mountains National Park
Lodge options to stay in during a visit in Mahale Mountains National Park range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Lodge options in Mahale Mountains National Park include Mbali Mbali Mahale Lodge, Greystoke Mahale Camp and Kungwe Beach Lodge among others.
Tanzania Visa and work permit Advice
You will need to purchase the tourist visa. Many tourists prefer obtaining their visas before they come to Tanzania but visas can be obtained easily upon arrival at any entry point in Tanzania upon paying USD100.00 for Tourist Visa you will be able to get it immediately. Proof of yellow fever vaccination and a COVID-19 free certificate may be asked if arriving from affected countries. Visa, work permit and other entry and exit conditions such as customs and quarantine regulations can change regularly. We advise you contact your local Tanzanian embassy or here for the latest travel information to Tanzania.
Tanzania Vehicle Hire Services
Eco Adventure Safaris will help you organize transport in Tanzania depending on interest, budget and the nature of roads in such selected locations to see in the park. We recommend Customized 4×4 Land Cruisers which costs from USD200-250 per vehicle per day with Driver/Fixer or 4×4 Safari Vans from USD200 per Van per day with driver. For us to estimate how much it will cost in terms of fuel, we will need to look at your schedule to establish mileage and distance to be travelled.
Why book with Eco Adventure Safaris your Safari Trip to Mahale National Park?
Eco Adventure Safaris is experienced in organizing amazing safari experiences to Tanzania. We are also highly rated and reviewed on trip Advisor. We combine Tanzania safaris with eco-friendly and unforgettable high-end adventure and wildlife safaris that help preserve biodiversity, conserve wildlife and uplift local communities, these include gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking, Big 5 safaris and game viewing, Mountain Hiking, Boat cruises excursions and Cultural encounters to give you a memorable and best African Safari experience including popular and great African safari destinations Kenya, Botswana and Namibia. Feel free to contact us about visiting Mahale National Park.