Mahale Mountains Safari Guide – Chimpanzee Tracking at Lake Tanganyika
Mahale Mountains National Park is located in one of the most remote locations in Tanzania, on the western border with the Congo, against the dramatic shores of Lake Tanganyika. Accessible only by small aircraft, the park is the home of a large chimpanzee population that is well acclimatised to human contact. Although the nearby Gombe Stream National Park is more famous, the primate population in Mahale Mountains is more numerous and sightings more regular and prolonged.
Observing the chimpanzees in their natural habitat, one cannot help but be touched by their natural grace and anthropomorphic features. Although remote, a chimpanzee safari to Mahale Mountains National Park is well worth the effort. Hikes to their habitation areas are accessible and not strenuous, although being in good physical condition will ease the strain of walking through the jungle! Up close, observing the endangered primates is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Wildlife of Mahale Mountains National Park
The main attraction that every visitor goes to this park to see is the chimpanzees of which there are an estimated seven hundred to a thousand in the park. However, for those who wish to explore deeper, also look out for other fascinating wildlife in the park such as warthog, bush pig, elephant, buffalo, yellow baboons, monkeys, roan and sable antelope, kudu, beautiful butterflies and the elusive leopard. As well as forest birds including crested guinea fowl and Ross’s turaco.