Located in the far West of Tanzania, Mahale National Park is a wonderfully remote destination. It is one of the most secluded locations where we operate safaris. Mahale is widely regarded as the greatest place to view chimpanzees in the wild. Mahale Mountains National Park is most famous for its chimpanzee trekking, regarded as the finest chimpanzee-viewing on the planet. The park is home to approximately 800 to 1,000 wild chimpanzees split across approximately 12 separate communities, including the famous ‘M’ group. Mahale’s attractions, however, go much further than chimpanzees. The park's jungle-draped peaks drop down to a beautiful beach that lies on the edge of the crystal-clear Lake Tanganyika, the world's second-deepest lake.
Activities include trekking for the chimpanzees as well as boating, canoeing, fishing, swimming and simply relaxing. Mahale is also famous for Greystoke, the outstanding camp which makes the effort and cost of getting here so worthwhile. It is one of Africa’s most famous camps. Many experts consider the chimpanzee experience at Mahale to be the greatest wildlife experience in Africa.
WHAT YOU REALLY NEED TO KNOW
Mahale’s main camps work on a three or four night stay. This is set in stone. If at all possible we recommend four nights here as Mahale will probably be the most amazing place you have ever visited –pushing the boat out sees money well spent. The second point is that even though Western Tanzania is often described as a place for safari enthusiasts only, we recommend this destination for all travellers. Mahale is a destination for first-time safari travellers as much as it is for old safari hands. The reason for the confusion is that people are basing their opinions on Katavi, the nearby National Park that is the mecca for safari aficionados. What we are trying to say here, is that Mahale is for everyone... a truly wonderful place.
Trekking for the chimpanzees as well as boating, canoeing, fishing, swimming and simply relaxing.
TIME OF YEAR TO TRAVEL
Mahale works in the same way as the dry-season parks – with chimpanzee viewing at its best from July through to October. The later in the year you travel, the closer to the base of the mountains the chimps are, making trekking easier. Mahale is shut throughout the rains of April and May but a good destination for the remainder of the year – albeit one that may involve some serious trekking to view the chimps as they move to higher ground.
We have already mentioned how you should try and stay for four nights as opposed to three…..but if you are spending this much time and effort travelling out to Mahale then you must consider Katavi, especially if you are serious about safari! This is one of the finest week-long safaris we operate anywhere – a genuine trip of a lifetime.