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Mahale Mountains National Park safaris, tours & holiday packages

Tanzania's best chimpanzee trekking

This is an isolated park of clear lake water, sandy beaches and safaris to see chimps and other wildlife  

Mahale is on the edge of Lake Tanganyika, unique in that the only access is by light aircraft or boat. There are no roads and very little infrastructure, which has helped to conserve the area as a habitat for chimpanzees. Mahale has the highest numbers of chimps in the world. Your chimpanzee experience will start with a trek through the rain forest while listening for the chimps. When you find them as they move through the forest, you will spend as much time with them as they allow. They aren't overly habituated so your experience feels authentic.

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Alice Lombard says

Mahale is an extraordinary place, by far my best chimpanzee trekking experience – and I've been to both Gombe and Kibale. Expect relaxing days and a slow, rustic existence in this remote corner of Tanzania.

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The park’s vegetation varies from old central Africa (Congolese) rainforest to Miombo woodland and open grassland savannah, where the bird and mammal species overlap with those found west of the Nile/Congo divide. Species you may spot at Mahale include giant forest pangolins and red central Africa colobus monkeys as well as lion, leopard, elephant, wild dog (Cape hunting dog), roan and sable antelope. Since the Lake Tanganyika fault line is part of the Albertine Rift – the western part of the Great Rift Valley – there are many endemic birds such as Alexander’s akalat, lemon dove and Kungwe’s Apalis. Other birds at Mahale include palm nut vulture, Pel’s fishing owl and the colourful Narina trogon. 

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Frequently Asked Questions about Mahale Mountains National Park

When is the best time to track chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park?

July to October, during the dry months - is the best time to track the chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park. Chimpanzees can be found easily on the low mountains slopes. go there.

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

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Reviews on our Mahale Mountains National Park safaris

All details were covered, all staff and food excellent, service was perfect - would highly recommend for sure.


from United States of America

Excellent combination of calling to chat about plans and details, followed up with emailing of detailed information. Made all arrangements easy for us from the actual booking to payment procedures, exchange rate recommendations, visa advice,…


from South Africa

Two male lions tried to take on an older female lion. The alpha male recently died and they were trying to take over his pride. The female lion was having none of it and while the males tried to tag team her; she swatted her massive paw at…

Kay Oczkowski

from United States of America

Waking up at 5:00 am to a bumpy ride all the way to a hidden hyena den, was something I’ll never forget. But the absolute best part was when the 1 month old cub peeked his head out to say hello. It was heartbreakingly cute.

Alana Krutoyarsky

from United States of America

I wish to say thanks to Megan for all your assistance in ensuring that me and my wife enjoy a wonderful holiday, a nice stay at the hotel with just minor issues, and the Hluhluwe Imfolozi park tour. We just wish to pass our gratitude for all…

Mokatse Itumeleng

from South Africa

It was great to work with Discover Africa and thanks so much for your help.

Lisa and Niall Shapiro

from Australia

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