Experience the most fascinating last remaining stronghold of the Chimpanzee in Africa at Mahale National Park. To top up your tour Mahale National park offers snorkeling and bird watching at Lake Tanganyika. Mahale mountains national park is located near Gombe, a home to some of the Africa’s last remaining wild Chimpanzees.
The chimpanzee population in Mahale Mountains National Park is the largest known and due to its size and remoteness, the Chimpanzees flourish. It also the only place where Chimpanzees and Lion co-exist. Another unusual feature of the park is that it is one of the very few in Africa that must be experienced by foot. There are no roads or other infrastructure within the park boundaries, and the only way in and out of the park is via boat on the lake. The area is also known as Nkungwe, after the park’s largest mountain, held sacred by the local Tongwe people, and at 2,460 meters (8,069 ft) the highest of the six prominent points that make up the Mahale Range.
And while Chimpanzees are the star attraction, the slopes support a diverse forest fauna, including readily observed troops of red colobus, red-tailed and blue Monkeys, and a kaleidoscopic array of colorful forest birds.
. Mahale is also home to some of the last remaining strongholds of chimpanzees in Africa.
. In isolated rainforest some 1,000 of these fascinating primates roam the hills and valleys.
. A trip to see the Chimpanzees is a magical experience as your guide leads you deep in the forest, indicating last night’s nests, scraps of half-eaten fruit and fresh dung.
. Large numbers of bird species include African snipe, green sand piper, and the crested lark.
. Lake Tanganyika is home to some 250 species of fish in its clear waters
WHEN TO GO
The dry season is from May to October and is the best time to visit and for forest walks.
. For Chimpanzee tracking you should allow yourselves at least 2 days, as the chimps are not always easy to locate.
. Fishing is an option for those interested Or even snorkeling in Lake Tanganyika and bird watching in the forest or the shore of the lake