Visit Mahale Mountains National Park, Tanzania
Shadowing the dusky blue waters of Lake Tanganyika the Mahale Mountains are dramatic and imposing.
Jagged peaks of over 2,000 metres soar into the clouds and are covered in canopy woodland and thick montane forest.
Shafts of sunlight pour through the trees into tiny gullies where pink and yellow butterflies flit and you can see each and every pebble in the crystal clear streams. Bluecheeked bee-eaters flash across the forest, warthogs shuffle in the undergrowth and monkeys can be heard chattering in the treetops. Best of all though are the big primates - Mahale’s chimpanzees.
The Mahale Mountains are the best place in Africa to track and observe wild chimpanzees. There is a population of around 1,000, one troop of which, the Mimikire clan, have been habituated to humans. Totally wild, this clan of 70-100 individuals can be tracked and observed from close quarters. Climbing up the leafy tracks in the misty morning and hearing your first shriek of a chimpanzee is a sound you will never forget. Crouching low, you can watch them grooming, drinking and playing. It is possibly one of the most intimate wildlife experiences known to man.
After a morning of chimpanzee-tracking you return to the shores of Lake Tanganyika, where sugar white beaches slope into gin-clear waters. There are over 500 species of cichlid fish in the lake in every colour of the rainbow and snorkelling and floating amongst them is the ultimate relaxation.
Suggested Mahale Mountains National Park itinerary
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Mahale Mountains National Park, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
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Greystoke Camp is out of this world. It is on an idyllic beach, the water is turquoise and you feel as if you are on a tropical island hideaway. And then you have the chimpanzees shrieking in the forest behind you.
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You will set off on foot from Greystoke Camp with your guide and will head up the steep forested slopes of the Mahale Mountains in search of primates. Six species of primates live in the mountains, but the main excitement for most visitors are the chimpanzees.