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

Here in Tanzania


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.




1,613 sq km (623 sq miles).


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.


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.


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.


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


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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