Dream Land Safaris

MAHALE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

The park is located in the isolated western circuit of Tanzania, Mahale Mountains National Park is one of the most attractive places in Tanzania. The park borders deepest lake in Africa, Lake Tanganyika.

There are no roads in the park, so you must arrive by boat or aeroplane or combination of both. This park is considered as a hiker’s paradise, most importantly it is also a chimpanzee’s paradise.

Mahale mountains stands 2462 (6200 feet) above the world’s longest and deepest lake in Africa, Lake Tanganyika. The most fascinating thing is the fact that only people who are living in this wonderful and remote forest are the park rangers and the lodges staffs and primate researchers.

Besides from primates, Mahale mountains national park is also a home to many bird species and large mammal species such as Elephants, buffalos, leopard and lions .

HISTORY OF THE MAHALE MOUNTAINS.

Mahale mountains National park were traditionally inhabited by the Batongwe and Holoholo peoples. Then these people were expelled from the mountains to make way for the park and wildlife Research Centre to be established in 1965. The people had been highly agreed to the natural environment as these people were living in the area with almost no any negative impact on the ecology. The area was then upgraded toa national park level in the year of 1985.

WHY VISIT MAHALE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK.

The park stretches along the shores of a vast Lake Tanganyika, Mahale is home to Tanzania’s chimpanzees and visiting the park will allow them to track in to the fascinating primates and observe their complex social structure first-hand.

To encounter wild chimpanzees and the red colobus monkey.

Trek to the Chain of Mountains (Mahale range).

Amazing white sand beaches along the vast Lake Tanganyika.

WHAT TO DO IN MAHALE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK. Apart from a Chimpanzee trek, Mahale mountains has a lot to offer! Visitors will also get a chance to do different activities in the area. Below are some of the activities which can be conducted in Mahale mountains National park.

Hiking to the Park’s highest point “Nkungwe”.

Nkungwe is stands at (8,069ft) and held as a sacred site by the local Tongwe people. This will let you learn and know more about the very first people to live in the area.

Snorkelling in Lake Tanganyika.

Not only will you get a chance to cool off and spend time on the white sand beaches of Lake Tanganyika but also you will get time to see and experiencing some amazing and beautiful underwater sights. Snorkelling is a magical experience all on its own, but in the clear waters of Lake Tanganyika you will truly feel as if you have been transported to another world.

Sports fishing and many more water sports activities on the massive Lake Tanganyika.

Lake Tanganyika Gives the abundant population of fish species live in the area. It’s no surprise that sport fishing is quite popular here as well. Fishing fans can enjoy the thrill of the catch, from Goliath Tiger fish to Nile perch.

Kayaking.

Doing kayaking on the longest lake in the world and second deepest lake in the world is something not miss out. Spend your time paddling across the Lake Tanganyika and experiencing the stunning shoreline with amazing abundant bird species and amazing landscapes.

Sunset tour.

Mahale Mountains will give you another side and options to cruise on Ndole Bay, found on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. It offers a sunset cruise for guests from 4 p.m. daily and lasts for at least an hour and a half. There are two main routes and the first one is the sunset drink route and covers north of the bay, while the Nsumbu island and fish cages cruise covers east of the Ndole bay. On this option of the cruise, guests can see the Nsumbu island, an old slave island. BEST TIME TO VISIT MAHALE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK.

Dry Season (June to October)

Chimpanzees tracking can be done throughout the year in Mahale Mountains National Park, however, possibilities of experiencing them are better in the dry season in which starts from July to the end of October. At this time animals are more easily seen as vegetations are thinner and bushes are clear. Also, wildlife normally tends to gathers around rivers and waterholes as they are the only source of water during the time At this time of the year the chimpanzee can easily be seen resting on the lower slopes of the mountain.

Wet Season (November to may).

During this time, Waterfalls are beautiful to watch. And migratory birds are in the park making it the best time for bird watching. the Forest trails are normally very slippery and challenging to cross. The chimpanzees shift to higher slopes making it rather challenging to track and see. It becomes hot and quite humid. Ascending the highest peak of the Mahale Mountains, Nkungwe is an awesome adventure activity you can enjoy while in the park. The climb takes three days to accomplish, however the most advised time to climb to Mt Nkungwe is during the dry season from June up to October.

WHERE TO STAY IN MAHALE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK.

Mahale Mountains National Park is remote area in western Tanzania, it offers visitors a less crowded safari on the shores of the crystal and clear Lake Tanganyika. Accommodation are luxurious tented camps on the beach, most with beautiful views to the lake. The forests behind offer wonderful walks to see the famous Mahale chimpanzees, and much more. Here follows are some of the accommodations which are found in the area.

Greystoke Mahale.

(Recommended for medium budget travellers)

Greystoke Mahale is a unique, high-end camp that sits on a white-sand beach overlooking Lake Tanganyika's clear waters inside the remote Mahale Mountains National Park. The lodge has 6 rooms (bandas) and it is named after the legend of Tarzan and much of the experience here revolves around life in the forest, mostly chimpanzee tracking.

Mahale Mango tree Bandas.

(budget)

It has self-contained Bandas, each with double beds, separate but on-suit shower and toilet. The Bandas are locate about 100m from the beach within rainforest. While not luxury, they are very well appointed and comfortable. Hot water is both solar and from the generator. We always had very hot water. Lights are also solar but available 24 hours. Power for the all-important camera and phone battery charging is available morning and evening.