Mahale National Park Safaris
Covering an area of around 1 600km of dense, mountainous rainforest rising from the sandy shores of Lake Tanganyika, this is one of the least visited and most beautiful parks in Africa.
In addition to this remarkable scenic beauty, Mahale National Park is also one of the best places to see chimpanzees the park is home to a large group of chimps that has been the focus of some groundbreaking research by teams of researchers. This means that the chimps here are habituated to human presence and won't bound off into the foliage at the sight of you leading to meaningful chimp encounter.
The experience in Mahale National Park is not a traditional safari, in fact, a safari in Mahale will generally involve plenty of chimp trekking and primate sightings, and perhaps encounters with various species of antelope and the occasional lion and leopard (but you're more likely to hear leopard than see them). The only way to explore the park is on foot through the lush vegetation along the many leaf-strewn walking trails, across rivers and past hidden waterfalls. After a morning spent walking through the thick foliage on the forested slopes, a well-deserved swim in the crystal-clear lake and some sunbathing on the beach is the best way to spend the afternoon.
Getting to Mahale National Park can be a bit tricky at least in comparison to other wildlife reserves in Tanzania. Access to the park is either by boat or air, which explains why the park is free or large numbers of tourists. Wildlife viewing on your Mahale safari is less about the Big-5 sightings as in other Tanzanian safari parks, and more about the variety of other species and some exceptional plant and insect life found in the dense forests.
A true Mahale safari experience is essentially about the remarkable scenery, sandy shores of the lake, and forest explorations. A visit here does make a great combination with one of southern Tanzania's other safari reserves, such as Selous Game Reserve, Katavi and Ruaha National Park.