Tanzania’s most distant National Park is the Mahale Mountains. These mountains, which reach up into the skies on the borders of Lake Tanganyika, are home to a unique wildlife experience: strolling alongside chimps.

Mahale National Park, in Tanzania’s extreme west, is a fantastically secluded place. It is one of the most remote areas where we conduct safaris. Mahale Mountains National Park is most known for its chimp trekking, which is considered to be the best chimp watching on the globe. The park is home to between 800 and 1,000 wild chimps, divided into 12 different communities, including the famed ‘M’ group. Mahale’s attractions, on the other hand, stretch far beyond chimps.

The park’s jungle-draped peaks descend to a magnificent beach on the border of Lake Tanganyika, the world’s second-deepest lake, with crystal-clear water.

Trekking for chimps, as well as boating, canoeing, fishing, swimming, and simply resting, are all options. Greystoke, the amazing camp that makes the effort and cost of coming here so worthwhile, is also known as Mahale. It is one of the most well-known camps in Africa. Many experts believe Mahale’s chimpanzee encounter to be Africa’s best wildlife experience.

About Mahale Mountains

The primary camps in Mahale operate on a three- or four-night basis. This is unchangeable. We recommend staying here for four nights if at all feasible, since Mahale is likely to be the most incredible spot you’ve ever seen — pushing the boat out is money well spent. The second point is that, despite the fact that Western Tanzania is sometimes touted as a destination for safari aficionados alone, we suggest it to all travelers. Mahale is as much a destination for first-time safari visitors as it is for seasoned safari veterans. The misconception stems from individuals basing their ideas on Katavi, a neighboring National Park that is a safari enthusiast’s paradise. What we’re trying to communicate here is that Mahale is a fantastic destination for everyone.


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Trekking for chimps, boating and canoeing, fishing, and swimming are just a few of the activities available in the Mahale Mountains.

When is the best time to visit the Mahale Mountains?

Mahale operates similarly to the dry-season parks, with the optimum chimp viewing months being July to October. The chimpanzees are closer to the foot of the mountains as the year progresses, making walking simpler. Mahale is closed during the rainy months of April and May, but it is an excellent location for the rest of the year – but it may require some heavy hiking to see the chimpanzees as they migrate to higher land.

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We’ve already indicated that you should attempt to stay for four nights rather than three…..but if you’re going to Mahale for this long, you should consider Katavi, especially if you’re serious about safari! This is one of the best week-long safaris we provide anywhere — a true once-in-a-lifetime experience.