National Park

Mahale Mountains National Park

Unmatched haven for wild chimpanzees and natural beauty.

Tanzania
Location
1,613 km²
Geographic Size
June to October
Best Time to Visit

About Mahale Mountains National Park

Mahale Mountains National Park, located in the western part of Tanzania along the shores of Lake Tanganyika, is a remote and magical destination where the rainforest meets the lake. Known for its population of wild chimpanzees, the park offers an extraordinary opportunity to observe these primates in their natural habitat. Beyond chimpanzee trackin...

When to go

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Seasons

June - October
Best time to go
Best chimpanzee tracking experience.
November - December
January - February
Shoulder Season
These months offer a mix of rain and sunshine, with the park lush and green.
March - June
Low Season
The rainy season sees fewer visitors, making it perfect for those seeking solitude, although access can be more challenging.
June - October
High Season
Ideal for chimpanzee trekking as the forest paths are drier and the chimps tend to be lower down the slopes.

What to do

Wildlife

The area is celebrated for its wild chimpanzees, offering intimate and respectful wildlife encounters. The park's biodiversity extends to other primates, birds, and aquatic life, making it a comprehensive safari destination.

Lion

Not Present

Elephant

Occasional

Black Rhino

Not Present

Cheetah

Not Present

Hippo

Common

Hyena

Rare

Leopard

Occasional

Giraffe

Not Present

Zebra

Not Present

Gazelle

Not Present

Buffalo

Occasional

Wildebeest

Not Present

What to know

Safety & Vaccinations
Visitors should adhere to park guidelines to ensure safety, particularly during chimpanzee treks. Mandatory vaccinations include yellow fever, and precautions against malaria are recommended. The area is generally safe, but standard travel precautions should be observed.
For more information regarding vaccinations and health notices, view the CDC’s page :
CDC Travelers' Health
CDC Travel health notices and vaccination recommendations
Getting There
Access is typically via chartered or scheduled flights to Kigoma followed by a boat journey to the park. The remoteness of Mahale adds to its allure, making the journey part of the adventure.
Getting Around
Transport within the park is primarily on foot or by boat. The absence of roads preserves the natural beauty and tranquility of Mahale, offering an immersive nature experience.
Visas
Visitors to Tanzania require a visa, obtainable online or on arrival for many nationalities. Ensure to check the latest requirements and consider the application process well in advance of travel.
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