Mahale Mountains National Park lies 120 km south of Kigoma town in western Tanzania is one of the most remote yet spectacular travel destinations. The park has an area of 1613 sq km situated on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, where forested mountains meet the sandy beaches and crystal clear waters of Lake Tanganyika, Mahale is impressive from the onset. The park vegetation is mainly Miombo woodland with narrow strips of riverine forests, some rain forest and savannah which provide habitat to a variety of animal species.
Known for its role as a Chimpanzee sanctuary that attracts visitors, a range of other mammals such as black, white and red colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys and bush pigs can also be seen.
What to do:
Chimp tracking, Hiking to the Park’s highest point “Nkungwe” (8,069ft) held sacred by the local Tongwe people, Camping safaris,Snorkeling,Sports fishing and many more water sports activities.
When to go:
The dry season (May -October) is the best period. During this period, chimpanzees are likely to be seen in big groups, the sunshine illuminates the fish in the Lake and the beach is an inviting place to relax. However, Mahale Mountains National Park is accessible all year round.
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