Mahale Mountains National Park


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Lion-laden savannahs and chimp-filled forest


Mahale Mountains National Park has an air of enchantment about it. No doubt in part thanks to its fascinating landscape of densely wooded rainforest, savannah, miombo woodland, and the mighty Lake Tanganyika – one of the oldest lakes in the world. A flourishing population of approximately 900 chimpanzees call the forest home. They are some of the last remaining wild troops on the continent. Mahale is also the only place in the world where chimpanzees and lions live alongside one another.

Lake Tanganyika is a magnificent foreground to the Mahale mountain chain, frequented by tourists and locals who snorkel, fish, and enjoy other water sports across its surface and in its depths. Visitors can track chimps through the forest and hike to the highest point in the park, long revered as sacred in local lore. The forest is also home to giant forest squirrels and colobus monkeys, while the woodland and savannah pockets boast sable, hartebeest, warthog, and zebra herds.

The park is a year round destination and accessible by air, road, and boat. Mahale services direct flights from Arusha. The nearest town, Kigoma, is a 2hr drive away and its airport receives flights from Dar es Salaam.

 

Highlights

  • The park boasts over 355 bird species and approximately 900 chimpanzees
  • It is the only place in the world where chimps and lions naturally co-exist
  • The nearest town is Kigoma, a 2hr-drive away, and it’s airport services direct flights from Dar-es-Salaam
  • Direct flights from Arusha land in Mahale • A fascinating landscape ranging from rainforest and savannah to miombo woodland and Lake Tanganyika
  • One of the park’s main attractions is that it is best experienced on foot

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