Mahale Mountains National Park is home to some of the Africa last remaining wild chimpanzees and estimated to have roughly more than 800 residing in this area. Some of them are habituated to human.This area was traditionally inhabited by the Batongwe and Holoholo people. Tongwe is a small ethnic group of Bantu, therefore this park is situated at the center of Tongwe Land that includes south of the Kigoma Region and north of the Katavi Region. The people had been highly attuned to the natural environment, living with visually no impact on the ecology.
Chimpanzees and Lake Tanganyika.
The park can be visited throughout a year; but the best time is during the dry season (May – November) but can be visited also in wet season (December - April), however you will need additional gears such as rain coat and boot for trekking and walking safari.
May – November
December - April
By Air: Mahale can be reached by chartered flight from Kigoma.Dar es salaam, Mwanza, Arusha or any airport in Tanzania.
By boat: From Kigoma town it takes 3 - 4 hours (by speed motorboat upon priorarrangement with the park), or Twice per month Mv Liemba ferry from Kigoma (8-10 hours) to Lagosa point then arrange a boat with the park to pick you to the park.
By road: From Kigoma to nearby villages through Simbo junction (4 hours) then arrange for boat pick up to the park which takes about half an hour cruising through the lake.
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