Mahale Mountains National Park

Description

This park is absolutely stunning. One one side, you have the crystal clear waters of Lake Tanganyika, on the other you have the high thick forest mountains. And between the two, there are deserted and beautiful white sandy beaches. This is paradise. 
Like Gombe, this park is also famous for its chimpanzees but it is a much larger park. There are four vegetation zones in this park: Miombo woodland, rainforest, savanna and montane grassland.


Wildlife

The most famous inhabitants are, of course, the chimpanzees but there are many other primates such as yellow baboons, vervet monkeys, red tailed monkeys or blue monkeys. Other species include bushbaby, porcupine, giant squirrel, bush pigs and the warthog. There are leopards but very hard to see. Hippos and crocodiles can be seen by boat along the lubulumbu river. 
230 species of birdlife are present in the park, including crowned eagles, scaly francolins, crested guinea-fowls, giant kingfishers, blue cheeked bee-eaters, trumpeter hornbills or the crested marimba.


When to go

Open throughout the year but recommended from may to October.


What to do

4x4 game safaris and boat rides.


What we suggest

Though secondary, this is a very enjoyable park with our without chimpanzees due to its fantastic beauty. The lake, the beaches, the wild forest with the high peaks offers a great retreat on the shores of the second deepest lake in the world. We recommend it for anyone who is doing a large circuit in Tanzania and would like to complement it with a park that is off the beaten track.