Western Circuit Mahale Mountains National Park

  • Size: 1,613 sq Km
  • Distance from Arusha: 1,150 km
  • Distance from Kigoma: 130 Km


Mahale National Park is in the remote western part of Tanzania. The park borders Lake Tanganyika, of the oldest and deepest Lake in the world. Reaching to this park is an adventure as it is accessible only by air and boat. There are no roads in the park, only forest paths through the lush vegetation. This park is a hiker’s paradise, but most importantly it is a chimpanzee paradise. The park is teeming with life, rivers and waterfalls are everywhere and around the shoreline of the lake, are the most unspoilt white sandy beaches anyone could imagine.

The chimpanzee trekking takes visitors on a wild adventure through the misty forests. Hikes can vary between 30 minutes for the first sightings to up to 3 hours. During these walks hikers also have the chance to spot other animals such as roan and sable antelope, mongoose, warthog and sometimes even lion and leopard. Crocodiles are also known to live in the park. Hippos are sometimes sighted in Lake Tanganyika, swimming in the crystal-clear waters.

With almost 355 species of birds, the park will satisfy both amateur and serious birders. On the sandy beaches on can spot pelicans and different storks as well as malachite kingfishers, pied king fishers and fish eagles. Closer to the forest Livingston’s turacos, narina trogons, crested guinea fowls, and blue cheeked bees eaters can be easily seen. The lake has over 250 endemic fish species and can be see while snorkeling in the shallow water.

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