Mahale Mountains National Park

The best place in the world to see wild chimpanzees is in the Mahale Mountains, which makes up 1600 square kilometres of this national park in the western territory of Tanzania. There is nowhere else like this in the country, or indeed anywhere in Africa. Located near Katavi National Park, and frequently combined with Katavi in a safari itinerary, the Mahale Mountains rise up from the shores of Lake Tanganyika. Soft, powdery, white sand rims the water’s edge before it quickly rises into dense, mountainous forest, which is the home to the largest population of primates in Tanzania.

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Mahale Mountains’ biggest attraction is the chimpanzee safari experience, but its remote location on the country’s western boundary makes it rather an expensive destination to travel to, and therefore, it only receives a few hundred visitors a year in comparison to the Serengeti’s hundreds of thousands. The habituated chimpanzee group has about 50 family members, which live wild among the ±1000 chimpanzees of the forest, and during the dry season when the forest is less dense, sightings are at their best. There are only a couple of accommodations here, and the lake-front location means there is plenty of beach walking, kayaking, fishing, and bird-watching to be done!

Accommodation in Mahale Mountains National Park

Greystoke Mahale

Greystoke Mahale

Greystoke affects people in a way that no other place does; perhaps it’s because of its remoteness, and because of the mountains rising from the beach at your back, the wide lake with its many different moods and the feeling that you are the only ones here. With just six wood and thatch bandas set on the edge of the forest line at the base of the mountains your days can start there, eating breakfast whilst waiting to hear news of the chimpanzees and deciding what to do with your day.

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Mbali Mbali Mahale

Mbali Mbali Mahale

Mbali Mbali Mahale sits on a stretch of sheltered golden beach, on the clear waters of Lake Tanganyika. Boasting a backdrop formed by the dramatic Mahale Mountain range where the habituated family of chimpanzees finds their home, this secluded and romantic hideaway is the perfect blend of relaxation and luxury. Each well-appointed, raised, beach tent has been strategically positioned to offer guests privacy, while still allowing easy access to the beach and communal areas.  Mbali Mbali Mahale is powered by solar energy and much care has been taken to reduce our carbon footprint.

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