Tanzania is an East African country known for its vast wilderness areas. They include the plains of Serengeti National Park, a safari mecca populated by the “big five” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), and Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain. Offshore lie the tropical islands of Zanzibar and Mafia Marine Park, where whale sharks swim through reefs.
Capital: Dodoma
Dialing code: +255
Currency: Tanzanian shilling
Population: 49.25 million (2013)

 

Mahale Mountains N. ParkTanzania

Home to some of the Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzees, a population of roughly 900, they are habituated to human visitors by a Japanese research project founded in the 1960s.

The park like its northerly neighbor Gombe is home to some of the Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzees, a population of roughly 900, they are habituated to human visitors by a Japanese research project founded in the 1960s.

Tracking the chimps of Mahale is a magical experience.

Mahale is located in the Western Tanzania to the South of Kigoma town, it is bordering Lake Tanganyika-the World’s longest, second deepest and least polluted freshwater lake-harbouring an estimated 1000 fish species.
Best time to visit the park

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. A visit in the rainy season can also be a memorable experience, made remarkable by views of the neighbouring country DR Congo across the water and by incredible lightning storms that light up the lake at night.

ATTRACTIONS

The Chimpanzees
Chain of Mountains (Mahale range)
Forest fauna and flora (Angola colobus, red colobus, red-tailed and blue monkeys, forest birds, alpine bamboo, montane rain forest etc).
Beach along Lake Tanganyika
Local fishermen
Sun set on the Lake horizon

WHAT TO DO

Chimp tracking (allow two days)
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

PARK REGULATIONS

Keep to the authorized trails.
Do not disturb wild animals in any way. Do not make noise.
Be considerate to fellow visitors – do not disturb them or the animals they are watching.
Do not take any pets or guns into the park.
Do not uproot, pick, cut or damage any plant or be in possession of any part of a plant indigenous to the park.
Do not light any fire or discard any burning object.
Do not discard any litter.
Between 7.00p.m and 6.00a.m remain in the immediate vicinity of designated accommodation facilities (tented camps, tourist bandas, rest house or A permit is valid for single entry within 24 hours only.