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Mahale Mountains National Park
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  • P.O. Box 3134 Arusha, Mahale-Mtns-National-Park

Mahale Mountains National Park - Tanzania

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Directions to Mahale Mountains National Park

On the borders of Lake Tanganyika lies a large park dominated by the Mahale Mountain chain and one of Tanzania's most impressive chimpanzee populations. The park is located on a jutting peninsula of Lake Tanganyika, offering stunning views of the mountains just being the sandy beaches of the country's most beautiful lake. The Mahale Mountains are a photographer's dream, with six prominent peaks forming the skyline. The largest at 8,069 feet is Nkungwe.

The park's main attraction is its population of about 800 of the region's last wild chimpanzees. A small group of them (approximately 60) have been habituated to humans since the 1960s. Specific rules for interacting with the chimpanzees are enforced in the park. Other wildlife to be seen includes red colobus and blue monkeys and an excellent variety of bird life.

The local people inhabiting the region, the Tongwe people, have a fascinating historical relationship with the park region. Cultural tours and hearing the stories of the group is a fascinating way to explore the region.

Getting There

Mahale Mountains National Park can be reached from Kigoma by chartered private or national park motorboat. The ride takes three to four hours depending on weather. Charter flights from Dar es Salaam, Arusha and Kigoma are also available. A slightly-off-the-beaten track option is to take the once-a-week steamboat from Kigoma, which takes seven hours.

Staying There

Two small rest houses, luxury tented camps and basic camping facilities are available within the park. Kigoma offers a variety of accommodation from budget to luxury.

Accommodation in Mahale

Greystoke Mahale
Kungwe Beach Lodge

What To Do

Chimp tracking is the park's most popular activity. Allow at least two days as the chimps are unpredictable and move around often. Hiking and camping safaris are also available. Swimming, snorkeling, and fishing in Lake Tanganyika are a nice way to enjoy the privacy of one of Tanzania's least visited parks.

When To Go

Dry season and the beginning of wet season (May - November, with light rains beginning in October) are the best time for mountain hiking and forest walks.

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All Tanzania National Parks & Game Reserves

Arusha National Park
Gombe Streams National Park
Katavi National Park
Kitulo National Park
Lake Manyara National Park
Mahale Mountains National Park
Mikumi National Park
Mkomazi National Park
Mount Kilimanjaro National Park
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Ruaha National Park
Rubondo Island National Park
Saadani National Park
Selous Game Reserve
Serengeti National Park
Singita Grumeti Reserves
Tarangire National Park
Udzungwa Mountains National Park
Lesser Known Game Reserves


Director General
Tanzania National Parks
P.O. Box 3134
Tel: +255272503471 / +255272504082
Fax: +255272508216
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Address: P.O. Box 3134 Arusha , Tanzania View Larger Map

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