MAHALE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

Mahale Mountains National Park

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Name: Mahale Mountains National Park
Country: Tanzania

Mahale Mountains National Park lies on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Kigoma Region, Tanzania. The park covers an area of 1,613 km2. Named after the Mahale Mountains range that is within its borders, the park has several unusual characteristics. First, it is one of only two protected areas for chimpanzees in the country. Secondly, it is one of the very few parks in Africa that must be experienced by foot.

The Mahale Mountains were traditionally inhabited by the Batongwe and Holoholo people. The people had been highly attuned to the natural environment, living with virtually no impact on the ecology.

Wildlife

Mahale Mountains National Park is one of only two protected areas for chimpanzees in the country. The chimpanzee population is the largest known and due to its size and remoteness, the chimpanzees flourish. Troops of red Colobus, red-tailed and blue monkeys, warthog and bushbuck are also found within the park.

Climatic Conditions

Due to its location close to the equator, the climate in Mahale ranges from warm to hot and humid. The average temperatures get to about 25o C during the day.

Major Attractions

Mahale Mountains is home to some of Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzees. Other wildlife includes red Colobus, red-tailed and blue monkeys.

Lake Tanganyika which has impossibly clear waters is the world’s longest, second-deepest and least-polluted fresh water lake harbouring an estimated 1,000 fish species.

Location

It is located in the far west of the country and lies on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.

Getting there

The only accessible way in and out of the park is via boat on the lake hence it is one of the very few parks in Africa that must be experienced by foot.

Best time to visit

The long dry season from July through late October.

Activities

  • Chimp tracking
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Snorkelling
  • Fishing

Mahale Mountains National Park

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