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Set deep in the heart of the African interior, inaccessible by road and only 100km (60 miles) south of where Stanley uttered that immortal greeting “Doctor Livingstone, I presume”, is a scene reminiscent of an Indian Ocean island beach idyll, Mahale Mountains national park


1,613 sq km (623 sq miles).


Western Tanzania, bordering Lake Tanganyika.

Getting there

Charter flight from Arusha, Dar or Kigoma. Charter private or national park motorboat from Kigoma, three to four hours. Weekly  teamer from Kigoma, seven hours, then hire a local fishing boat or arrange with park HQ for pickup in park boat, another one or two hours.

To do in Mahale National Park

Chimp tracking (allow two days); hiking; camping safaris; snorkelling; fish for your dinner.

Best time to Visit Mahale Park

Dry season (May-October) best for forest walks although no problem in the light rains of October/ November.

Accommodation in Mahale

Two seasonal luxury tented camps. Two small rest houses, large campsite.


The same rules for chimpanzee viewing at Gombe Stream apply at Mahale.