Mahale Mountain National Park

Mahale Mountain National Park

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Overview

Covering an area of 1,613 sq km (623 sq miles), Mahale Mountain National Park is a heaven for chimpanzee lovers. The park is located on the shores of Lake Tanganyika and the most excellent safari destination for its calmness.

Rainforest, grasslands, alpine bamboo and woodlands are the stunning habitats of the park. Not only for chimpanzee population, but Mahale Mountain National Park also holds beautiful beach with clear waters.

The Wildlife

Chimpanzees are the main attraction of the park. The park allows walking safaris hosted by knowledgeable and experienced guides. Once you witness a troop of chimpanzees, you can spend an hour observing their behaviour and playful activities. August to October is the best time to see them.

Other animals include roan, sable antelope, mongoose, warthog and many more.

Over 250 endemic fish species can be seen while snorkelling in the shallow waters.

The Birdlife

Almost 400 different species of birds have been recorded in the park. The sandy beaches are home to pelicans and different storks as well as malachite kingfishers, pied king fishers and fish eagles and the forest regions are home to Livingston’s turacos, narina trogons, crested guinea fowls and blue cheeked bee eaters.

Mahale Mountain National park

Best Time To Visit

Mahale Mountain National Park offers a good encounter of chimpanzees all round the year.

But the chances are best towards the end of the dry season (July to October) when chimpanzees move in troops.

The wet season (November to April) is good to see the migratory birds.

Mahale Mountain National Park

Best Time To Visit

Mahale Mountain National Park

How To Go

How To Go

Your point of entry to the land is Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Arusha town, or Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam. Depending on your itinerary you can choose your route.

Normally your tour operator will pick you up from the airport and takes care of your whole trip.

Uniqueness

  • Mahale Mountain National Park is a research-and conservation-oriented park
  • Walking safaris in the park is a good opportunity to explore the park best
  • Lake Tanganyika is indigenous to Mahale Mountain National Park
  • The park holds a unique combination of forests, mountains flora, fauna and the lake
  • Abundant primate life including a habituated group of chimpanzees
Mahale Mountain National Park

Uniqueness

Mahale Mountain National Park

Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

pros

  • Mahale offers a chance to come face-to-face with chimps
  • The park is much bigger than Gombe National Park
  • Watching wildlife on a hike is a nice change from vehicle safaris
  • The park is unique and often less crowded

Cons

  • The accommodation options are limited

Activities

Mahale Mountain National Park offers an array of activities to enjoy. The most popular are

  • Tracking chimpanzee
  • Snorkelling
  • Camping safaris
  • Forest walks
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
Mahale Mountain National Park

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Mahale Mountain National Park

Accommodation

Accommodation

Mahale Mountain National Park has made some wonderful accommodations for the serious safari-goer. Exceptional chimpanzee viewing and unspoilt wilderness make the park a truly one of a kind destination.

Bird Watching

More than 350 birds are home to Mahale Mountain National Park. Some of the most seen birds include Bamboo warbler, Blue-cheeked bee-eater, Crested guineafowl, Crested malimbe, Crowned eagle, Giant kingfisher, Livingstone’s turaco, Palm-nut vulture, Ross's turaco, Scaly francolin, Stuhlmann’s starling, Trumpeter hornbill, Vieillot’s black wea and many more.

Migratory birds are good to see from November to April.

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