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Mahale Mountains National Park became famous tanks to primatologist Jane Goodall’s works and nature conservation efforts. It is located in the extreme west of Tanzania and is unknown by most travelers. This reserve is remote, a bit tricky to access ( by scheduled chartered flights only), and costly to visit. However, it offers a unique and very different experience from any other one in Tanzania is also probably the best place to observe the chimps!

The lakeshore here is a beach of the finest powder-white sand, behind which rises a range of imposing mountains, surrounded by tropical vegetation.It is a beautiful place which harbours Tanzania’s densest population of primates: yellow baboon, red colobus, blue, red-tailed, and vervet monkeys, and chimpanzees.

Covering about 1,650km² of the Mahale Mountains, this national park is home to about 1,000 chimpanzees. Most significantly, one group of Mahale chimps – the Mimikire clan – has been habituated by researchers since 1965. For the good of the chimps’ health, all human visitors on chimpanzee safaris are required to wear surgical masks – which will be provided for you.

The hike to reach the Mahale chimpanzees can vary from a leisurely wander of 20 minutes to a more strenuous hike lasting up to three hours. Towards the end of the dry season (August to October) Mahale’s chimp safaris are at their easiest, as the forest paths are at their driest and least slippery, and the chimps are usually at their closest to the shore. Walking boots, long trousers, and a small backpack (for cameras and binoculars) are always recommended for safaris to see the chimpanzees.

Park Size – 1650 km2
Distance from Arusha – 800 km
Air Transfer – 6 hrs via Dar es Salaam

Highlights in Mahale National Park

  • Chimps Trekking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Safaris

Mahale Mountains National Park became famous tanks to primatologist Jane Goodall’s works and nature conservation efforts. It is located in the extreme west of Tanzania and is unknown by most travelers. This reserve is remote, a bit tricky to access ( by scheduled chartered flights only), and costly to visit. However, it offers a unique and very different experience from any other one in Tanzania is also probably the best place to observe the chimps!

The lakeshore here is a beach of the finest powder-white sand, behind which rises a range of imposing mountains, surrounded by tropical vegetation.It is a beautiful place which harbours Tanzania’s densest population of primates: yellow baboon, red colobus, blue, red-tailed, and vervet monkeys, and chimpanzees.

Covering about 1,650km² of the Mahale Mountains, this national park is home to about 1,000 chimpanzees. Most significantly, one group of Mahale chimps – the Mimikire clan – has been habituated by researchers since 1965. For the good of the chimps’ health, all human visitors on chimpanzee safaris are required to wear surgical masks – which will be provided for you.

The hike to reach the Mahale chimpanzees can vary from a leisurely wander of 20 minutes to a more strenuous hike lasting up to three hours. Towards the end of the dry season (August to October) Mahale’s chimp safaris are at their easiest, as the forest paths are at their driest and least slippery, and the chimps are usually at their closest to the shore. Walking boots, long trousers, and a small backpack (for cameras and binoculars) are always recommended for safaris to see the chimpanzees.

Park Size - 1650 km2
Distance from Arusha - 800 km
Air Transfer - 6 hrs via Dar es Salaam

Highlights in Mahale National Park

  • Chimps Trekking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Safaris

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