Mahale Mountains National Park

Mahale Mountains National Park, nestled along the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania, is a pristine and remote sanctuary known for its captivating landscapes, abundant wildlife, and unique chimpanzee populations. Covering an area of approximately 1,613 square kilometers, this park offers a truly off-the-beaten-path safari experience in a stunning wilderness setting.


It is most renowned for its population of wild chimpanzees. These primates are the park's main attraction and offer visitors the opportunity to observe them in their natural habitat, making it one of the best places in the world for chimpanzee tracking.

Park Size

1,613 sq. km. (622 sq. mi.)

Driving Distance

7 Hours from Kigoma

What to Know

Mahale Mountains National Park Overview

Mahale Mountains National Park Highlights

Mahale Mountains National Park is renowned for its stunning landscapes, which encompass rugged mountain terrain, dense forests, and the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tanganyika. It is a remote and unspoiled natural haven that provides a sense of adventure and seclusion for those who venture here.

About Mahale Mountains National Park

Mahale Mountains has a deeply connected to primate research, with Jane Goodall conducting her pioneering chimpanzee studies in the nearby Gombe Stream National Park. The park was gazetted in 1985, aimed at protecting this unique habitat, its primates, and other wildlife species. Its remoteness has helped preserve its pristine nature.

Birdlife in Mahale Mountains National Park

While the park is renowned for its primates, it is also home to a diverse range of bird species. Over 355 bird species have been recorded, including the African fish eagle, palm-nut vulture, and a variety of waterbirds along the shores of Lake Tanganyika.

What to Do


Chimpanzee Tracking

The primary activity in Mahale Mountains, chimpanzee tracking, offers an unforgettable experience. Accompanied by park rangers and researchers, visitors can trek through the dense forests to observe and interact with the wild chimpanzees, providing a unique opportunity to connect with our closest relatives in the animal kingdom.

Hiking and Nature Walks

Explore the park’s diverse landscapes on guided hikes and nature walks. The pristine forests, mountains, and lake shores offer various trekking options, each providing a chance to observe wildlife and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the park.


The park offers excellent opportunities for sport fishing, with the clear waters of Lake Tanganyika providing a rich habitat for a variety of fish species.

Boat Safaris

The stunning shores of Lake Tanganyika offer boat safari opportunities, allowing visitors to explore the waters, relax on pristine beaches, and enjoy the serene beauty of the lake and its surrounding landscapes.

Where to Stay


More lodging options are available, and you’re welcome to choose your own on your adventure with us.




Mid Luxury



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