Airstrip

Mahale Airstrip

A remote gateway to Tanzania's chimp haven, Mahale Mountains.

Tanzania
Location
Dry season
Best Time to Visit
770 m
Altitude

About Mahale Airstrip

Mahale Airstrip is the main access point for adventurers seeking to explore the Mahale Mountains National Park in Tanzania, a sanctuary famed for its wild chimpanzee populations. Nestled on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, the world's longest freshwater lake, this remote airstrip offers an exclusive gateway to one of Africa’s most secluded parks. Her...

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Seasons

July - October
Best time to go
Best time time to go for chimpanzee trekking during dry season.
November - December
Shoulder Season
Short rains, mild weather, and fewer tourists make it a good time for bird watching.
July - October
High Season
Dry season, ideal for chimpanzee trekking and forest hikes. Visibility is high, and the lake is calm.
March - June
Low Season
Wet season, the park is lush, but access can be challenging. Ideal for solitude seekers.

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What to know

Safety & Vaccinations
Visitors are advised to consult a travel health clinic for vaccinations, including yellow fever, and take precautions against malaria. Always follow park guidelines and ranger instructions, especially during chimpanzee treks, for your safety and the animals’.
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
Mahale Airstrip is primarily accessed by small, chartered aircraft. The journey offers breathtaking aerial views of the unspoiled landscapes of western Tanzania and Lake Tanganyika.
Getting Around
Transport within the area is mainly by boat along Lake Tanganyika’s coast to reach various camps and the park entrance. Trekking on foot is the primary way to explore Mahale Mountains National Park.
Visas
Visitors to Tanzania require a visa, obtainable on arrival or before travel. Ensure your passport has at least 6 months' validity. Specific requirements may vary, so it's advisable to check with the nearest Tanzanian embassy or consulate.
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