Mahale Mountains

Mahale Mountains, Tanzania, East Africa

Experience a taste of paradise in a remote setting.

Travel to the far west reaches of Tanzania and you’ll experience some of the best chimpanzee sightings in all of Africa – on the shores of Lake Tanganyika at Mahale Mountains National Park.

Mahale Mountains National Park sits within Tanzania’s Southwest Circuit. It contains over 1,000 square miles of rugged and mountainous land. Consider it an untouched paradise of sorts. You won’t find roads running through the park.

It may be a remote destination, but the Mahale Mountains offer one of the most unique and exceptional safari experiences you’ll find anywhere.

The entire experience will leave you breathless. Although you may go to see the chimpanzees, Mahale Mountains National Park has a lot more to offer. There’s even a stunning beach with crystal blue waters.

If you’re visiting Tanzania with limited time, you may want to consider a Mahale Mountains safari. It’s one of the most interesting destinations on the continent.

Mahale Mountains Wildlife

We’ve never heard of someone going on safari at Mahale Mountains without seeing chimps. But at certain times of the year, it can be more work to see them. Depending on when you go, you may have to trek between an hour and the better portion of a day.

It’s easier to see chimps later in the season as they make their way down the mountains to search for food. So, if you’re not really after a strenuous adventure, plan your trip between August and October. This is the best and easiest time to see chimpanzees on a Mahale Mountain safari.

Just keep in mind that these are wild animals, so no one can make any promises on how far you’ll have to walk before you see chimps.

In addition to the large chimpanzee population, the Mahale Mountains are home to many other primates, birds, hippos and crocodiles. You may even see a leopard, if you’re very lucky.

The park is home to 355 species of birds, 82 species of mammals, and 9 species of primates, including the largest chimp population in the world. If you’re dying to see chimpanzees on your safari, Mahale Mountains State Park is where you must go.

When to Go to the Mahale Mountains

The dry season here is long and lasts from July through late October. You can see chimps any time of year, but the dry season is best. It also offers better weather for trekking through mountains in search of chimpanzees. So, the dry season is your best bet.

Although remote, the Mahale Mountain National Park is an absolutely beautiful location. In addition to experiencing the wildlife, there are other things you may want to do while you’re here. Stroll down Tanganyika Lake’s shoreline, kayak or fish on the lake. Or you can explore the forest and climb narrow trails to uncover hidden waterfalls.

The Mahale Mountain National Park is a magical place that everyone should experience at least once in their lives.

Whether you’re looking for a journey steeped in luxury or something more affordable, we can customize a safari to your needs.

Customize Your Journey 

Avoid the crowded commercial photographic safaris and join Golden Sky Safaris for a one-of-a-kind experience through the Mahale Mountains.

  • Duration – Choose a quick tryst or a long safari depending on how much time you have to dedicate. For most, these are major excursions with much to see and do, so we recommend at least 7 days.
  • Comfort. Some people love camping style and “roughing it” outdoors while others are looking for a more luxurious vacation. We have various accommodation options for every safari, so tell us about your personal style, and we’ll help you build the perfect trip.
  • Activity level. Our safaris can range from leisurely car rides (with exciting wildlife spotting among breathtaking terrain) to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. And we cover everything in-between. The sky is the limit. Just let us know more about your dream safari.
  • Budget. All safaris are customizable to suit various budgets, so we can accommodate guests from the entry level all the way to fully personalized luxury safaris.

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