Chimpanzee Trekking in the Mahale Mountains
Chimpanzee Trekking in the Mahale Mountains National Park is one of the magical experiences to do in Tanzania. Mahale Mountains National Park is home to some of the Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzees with a population of roughly 900 chimpanzees. These chimpanzees are habituated and used to human presence offering a great opportunity to trek chimpanzees in Tanzania.
Mahale Mountains National Park is located in 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.
Best time to trek chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park.
The dry season (May -October) is the best period to visit Mahale Mountains National Park, this time is also best for chimpanzee trekking. During this period, chimpanzees are likely to be seen in big groups then as well the trek through the forest to search for chimpanzees is much easier compared to the wet season. 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.
Tourist Attractions and things to see in Mahale Mountains National Park
– The Chimpanzees
– Chain of Mountains (Mahale ranges)
– Forest fauna and flora (Angola colobus, red colobus, red-tailed and blue monkeys, forest birds, alpine bamboo and montane rain forest).
– Beach along Lake Tanganyika
– Local fishermen
– Sun set on the Lake horizon
Things to do in Mahale Mountains National Park
– Chimp tracking (allow two days)
– Hiking to the Park’s highest point “Nkungwe” (8,069ft) held sacred by the local Tongwe people.
– Camping safaris
– Sports fishing and many more water sports activities
How to get to Mahale Mountains National Park
Mahale is accessible by air, road and boat. There are several flights, car and boat options to suit most travelers. Eco Adventure Safaris will help you arrange your transfer to this park contact us here.
Direct flights to Mahale
This is the easiest way to reach Mahale Mountains National Park. There are scheduled and regular flights between the park and Arusha town. Between October and March flights arrive and leave twice each week. However, it is also possible to arrange for you the charter flights. Tanzania has a large number of charter flight companies such as Air Excel, Northern Air and Regional Air to mention a few which we work with and we will be able to get you good offers for you to fly to Mahale Mountains National Park. Private charters can be arranged from major cities of Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam, Mwanza or Zanzibar.