Mahale National Park

  • Silky white coves hem in the azure waters of Lake Tanganyika, overshadowed by a chain of wild, jungle-draped peaks towering almost 2km above the shore.
  • These are the remote and mysterious Mahale Mountains, set deep in the heart of the African interior.
  • Inaccessible by road and only 100km(60 miles) south of the beach where Stanley uttered that immortal greetings “Doctor Livingstone, “I presume;
  • Mahale – like its neighboring Gombe- is best known for having some of East Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzees, a population of roughly 800 individuals habituated to humans.
  • Tracking the chimps of Mahale is a magical experience, the guides pick out last night nest – shadowy clumps high in a gallery of trees crowding the sky.
  • Scraps of half-eaten fruit and fresh dung become valuable clues, leading deeper into the forest, then suddenly you are in their midst: grooming each other’s glossy coats in the concentration huddles, squabbling noisy, or bounding into the trees to swing effortlessly between the vines.
  • Mahale is also known as Nkungwe, after its largest mountain, which rises to 2460m (8069 feet) above sea level and is held sacred by the local Tongwe people.

TO SEE

Chimps, Red colobus monkeys, Angolan black and white colobus monkey, Bush backs, Otters, and Blue dicker.

TO DO

  • Chimp tracking (allow at least two days), Hiking, and Snorkeling.

NOTE

  • The same rules for chimpanzee viewing at Gombe apply in mahale.

Where To Stay?

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Mwagusi Safari Camp
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Kungwe Beach Lodge
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Kungwe Beach Lodge (The Lounge)

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