Mahale National Park, Tanzania, the echo of Livingstone and Stanley.

Here in Tanzania

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Set deep in the heart of the African interior, inaccessible by road and only 100km (60 miles) south of where Stanley uttered that immortal greeting “Doctor Livingstone, I presume”, is a scene reminiscent of an Indian Ocean island beach idyll. Silky white coves hem in the azure waters of Lake Tanganyika, overshadowed by a chain of wild, jungle-draped peaks towering almost 2km above the shore: the remote and mysterious Mahale Mountains.


Nationalparks

Mahale

Size:

1,613 sq km (623 sq miles).

Location:

Western Tanzania, bordering Lake Tanganyika.

How to get there:

Charter flight from Arusha, Dar or Kigoma. Charter
private or national park motorboat from Kigoma,
three to four hours. Weekly steamer from Kigoma,
seven hours, then hire a local fishing boat or arrange
with park HQ for pickup in park boat, another
one or two hours.

To do:

Chimp tracking (allow two days); hiking; camping
safaris; snorkelling; fish for your dinner.

Wildlife:

Chimpanzee, Red colobus, Red-tailed monkey,
Blue monkey, Giant squirrel, Red-legged Sun squirrel,
Brush-tailed porcupine, Bushy-tailed Mongoose,
Angolan black-and-white Colobus, Sharpe's Grysbok.

Birds:

Red-collared Widowbird, Speckled Mousebird,
Crowned Eagle, Bee-eater, Roller, Crested Guineafowl,
Ross' Turaco, White-browed Robin-Chat,
Red-winged Starling, Violet-backed Starling Parrots.

Best time:

Dry season (May-October) best for forest walks
although no problem in the light rains
of October/November.

Accommodation:

Two seasonal luxury tented camps. 
Two small resthouses, large campsite.


NOTE:

The same rules for chimpanzee viewing at Gombe Stream
apply at Mahale. Strict rules are in place to safeguard
you and the chimps. Allow at least 2 days to see them -
this is not a zoo so there are no guarantees
where they’ll be each day.

Source: TANAPA.

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