Mahale Mountain National Park

Mahale Mountain National Park

Overview

Covering an area of 1,613 sq km (623 sq miles), Mahale Mountain National Park is a spectacular destination protecting a thousand numbers of chimpanzees that inhabit the region.

Highlights Of The Park

  • Encountering the chimpanzees is the main tourist attraction of Mahale Mountain National Park.
  • Rainforest, grasslands and alpine woodlands are part of the park’s incredible landscape.
  • In the area of 1,613 sq km, over 1700 chimpanzees are living.
  • Without any warning, chimpanzees may pass through the visitors, so the experience here is captivating.
  • In between chimp trekking expeditions, visitors can also move for snorkelling and kayaking in Lake Tanganyika.
  • The sunset in Lake Tanganyika is magical, which makes it an essential stop for the keen photographers and safari lovers. 
  • The unique forest fauna includes Angola colobus, red colobus, red-tailed and blue monkeys and forest birds and the unique flora include alpine bamboo and montane rain forest.
  • The park is also a hiker’s paradise as Mount Nkungwe cascade down the lake shore and the image falls on the crystal-clear waters teeming with colourful fishes.
  • The dry season (May to October) is the best period to see the chimpanzees in groups.
  • The remoteness of the area is good for primate-trekking, hiking, snorkelling and bird watching.
  • Except for the primates and birds, the park also attracts visitors to see 250 endemic fish species while snorkelling in the shallow waters of Lake Tanganyika.

The Wildlife

Mahale Mountain National Park is a unique habitat to nine types of species including red colobus, yellow baboon, red colobus, vervet monkeys, Angola colobus and red and blue-tailed monkey and 97 other mammals.  

The chances of viewing these incredible animals are good in the walking trails, which are hosted by knowledgeable and experienced guides.

Once you have found the resident troop of chimpanzees, you can spend an hour to observe the chimpanzees’ playful activities, behaviour and interaction with each other.

The Birdlife

Almost 355 species of birds have been recorded in the park. 

Visitors can spot pelicans and different storks as well as malachite kingfishers, pied kingfishers and fish eagles. Closer to the forests Livingston’s turacos, narina trogons, crested guinea fowls and blue cheeked bee eaters can be seen.

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