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Mahale Mountains National Park is one of the most remote and beautiful parks in Africa. It is considered one of the best places on the continent for viewing chimpanzees, with a population of over 700.

Located 120 kilometres south of Kigoma, Mahale takes its name from the chain of mountains that bisects the park from north to south. As well as chimpanzee tracking, the area is good for a wide range of other animal species from elephants and giraffes to Cape buffalos and lions, with many more in the eastern woodland.

It is also one of the best beach locations in the world with superb swimming, sailing, snorkelling and fishing on the vast blue freshwater lake of Tanganyika. Charter flights to and from Mahale operate several times a week.

Our suggested itinerary combines two of Tanzania's  fantastic and contrasting national parks with trekking chimps in the forests of Mahale.  This itinerary can also be tailored to suit your exact requirements.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: blue duiker, chimpanzee, red colobus monkey, Sharpe’s grysbok, brush-tailed porcupine
  • Where: Kigoma District, Tanzania

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Tanzania’s Wild West

This itinerary takes you to two contrasting national parks in the remote reaches of Western Tanzania: the seldom visited Katavi, with its rich plains game and predators, and Mahale, possibly the best place in Africa to see chimps in the wild. There’s also ample time to relax on the idyllic shores of Lake Tanganyika.

  • When to go: Jun-Feb
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Greystoke Mahale

With one of the most beautiful, remote and dramatic locations of any camp in East Africa, Greystoke is a really special place, with tented suites set on a white sandy beach overlooking the turquoise waters of Lake Tanganyika. Local guides are on hand to track chimpanzees in the neighbouring forest.