Tanzania attractions - Mahale Mountains National Park is home to some of the last remaining wild chimpanzees in Africa. Around 1,000 of these fascinating animals roam the isolated rainforest of Mahale, a chain of dramatic peaks draped in lush vegetation falling to Lake Tanganyika’s beaches far below.
Mahale Mountains National Park is located in one of the most remote locations in Tanzania, on the western border with the Congo. Although the nearby Gombe Stream National Park is more famous, the primate population in Mahale Mountains is more numerous and sightings more regular and prolonged.
In addition to a hike on the trail of the chimpanzees, visitors can trace the Tongwe people’s ancient pilgrimage to the mountain spirits, trekking through enclaves of rain forest to grassy ridges checkered with alpine bamboo. After a hot walk in the forest, the clear waters of the lake, home to 250 species of fish, beckon for a refreshing swim.
The best time for forest walks in Mahale is during the dry season, from May to October. The light rains of October and November present no real obstacle to visitors.