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Mahale Mountain National Park

Mahale Mountain National Park | Tanzania National Parks | Bestway Holidays

The area is dominated by mountains and forests with variety of plants and it is right here that you will find the most numerous and varied primates. The thrilling highlights of your visit is chimpanzee tracking. Every trace of dung or half eaten fruit pulling you further into the jungle. While Gombe hosts chimps too, Mahale is undisputedly the best place for an encounter. The park is home to Africa’s eastern most population of wild chimpanzee, with about 600 individuals in 15 groups. They have been fully habituated to human visitors after a Japanese research project in the 1960s.

Other primates whose shrieks echo from the slopes are the red and Angola colobus, red-tailed and blue monkeys and yellow baboons. But there is more to a visit than just monkeys. Alongside the western shore tame warthogs and bush pigs wander around, with the occasional giraffe or even the rare Ron and sable antelope to spice things up. Butterflies sprinkle the park with color while bird species such as bamboo warbler and Stulman’s starling are seen nowhere else in Tanzania.

The incredibly clear Lake Tanganyika adds aquatic biodiversity. It is the second deepest and largest fresh water lake in the world. While the lake harbors 1000 fish species and it is the only Tanzanian nature reserve where both the Nile crocodile and the slender-snouted crocodile feel at home.

The best time for an unforgettable trip to Mahale is in the dry season, which lasts from June to September

Mahale Mountain National Park Photography

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