Mahale National Park
The Home of Chimpanzeees!

Mahale National Park

Experience the wonders of Mahale, located on the scenic shores of Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania. This incredible safari destination offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in thrilling wildlife encounters in East Africa and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature.

One of the tourist attractions of Mahale National Park is its exceptional chimpanzee tracking tour experience. Get ready as you come face-to-face with these captivating primates in their natural habitat. Mahale is renowned for having one of the largest populations of chimpanzees in Africa which number between 700 – 1000 compared to Uganda and Rwanda, making it a dream destination for wildlife enthusiasts and especially those wants to see chimps.

But the uniqueness of Mahale National Park doesn’t stop at chimpanzees. This untouched and less visited park is also home to a diverse range of wildlife, including various primate species, birds, hippos, and crocodiles. Imagine witnessing troops of Ugandan red colobus, red-tailed and blue monkeys, and the energetic array of butterflies that beautify the surroundings.

Embark on a thrilling safari adventure and explore the undisturbed wilderness of Mahale National Park. Aside from the exhilarating chimpanzee trekking, visitors can indulge in kayaking, snorkeling, and fishing on the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tanganyika. The park’s remote location adds to its allure, offering a serene and unspoiled slice of paradise and makes the Mahale to be a perfect place for honeymooners, couples, families that want maximum privacy is also ideal for high-end travelers.

Chimpanzee Trekking in Mahale National Park

One of the main attractions of Mahale National Park is chimpanzee trekking. Visitors have a high chance of seeing the park’s population of chimpanzees, which is one of the largest in Africa. The best time to visit for chimpanzee viewing is during the dry season from August to October when the chimps move down the mountains in search of food, making them easier to spot. However, sightings are possible throughout the year, though with more challenging trekking conditions during other months.


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It’s important to note that visitors are only permitted one hour of close observation with the chimps once they are found which cost 100$ per adult of 15 years old. Beside the chimpanzees, there are also opportunities to see other primate species such as blue monkeysred colobuspied colobusyellow baboons and other tree species of Galago Vervet Monkeys engage in Birdwatching tour to see more than 400 species of birds with a professional birder, and potentially spot elusive leopards.


Accommodation and Conservation Efforts in Mahale National Park

When it comes to accommodation options in Mahale, there are a few standout choices that cater to different preferences. A top-notch safari camp Nomad’s Greystoke Mahale, prominent for its luxurious and remarkable experiences. This exclusive camp offers a unique blend of barefoot luxury and breathtaking views, cheers to its prime location on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.

If you’re seeking a more affordable option without compromising on the natural beauty of the surroundings, Nkungwe Lodge is another great choice. While it may not offer the same level of extravagance as Greystoke, it provides comfortable accommodations and easy access to the park’s attractions.

Visitors to Mahale National Park also have the opportunity to join guided tours that go beyond a typical wildlife experience. These tours provide in-depth insights into the park’s wildlife and conservation efforts, allowing visitors to understand the gentle balance between human interaction and preservation of the ecosystem.

Activities and Wildlife in Mahale National Park

A highlight of a visit to Mahale is embarking on dhow cruises on the tranquil waters of Lake Tanganyika. Enjoy snorkeling in the crystal-clear lake while marveling at the vibrant underwater world and encountering diverse aquatic wildlife.

Best Time To Visit to Mahale National Park

When planning a visit to, it’s important to take weather conditions into account. The park experiences two distinct seasons – the dry season from May to October and the wet season from November to April. For the best wildlife encounters and optimal conditions for activities like chimpanzee tracking, the dry season, especially from August to October, is recommended.

However, it’s important to note that Mahale National Park’s remote location means that access to the park is more restricted compared to other popular Tanzanian destinations. Flights from Arusha, Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam and Ruaha to Mahale are not available every day, so careful logistics are necessary to ensure a smooth safari adventure, chat to our East Africa Safari Guides travel specialist for a professional help.

Despite the effort required to reach Mahale National Park, the unique and enriching wildlife encounters it offers make it well worth the trip. From breathtaking chimpanzee sightings to guided forest walks, hikes to mesmerizing waterfalls, and dhow cruises on Lake Tanganyika, Mahale National Park promises unforgettable experiences in a pristine natural setting.