Mahale Mountains National Park

Mahale, Tanzania

Mahale Mountains National Park

Mahale Mountains National Park is located in the far west of Tanzania, and lies on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. Named after the Mahale Mountains range that is within its borders. The park covers 1,613 km² of wild wilderness. The park has several unusual characteristics. First, it is one of only two protected areas for chimpanzees in the country. (The other is nearby Gombe Stream National Park made famous by the researcher Jane Goodall.)

The chimpanzee population in Mahale Mountains National Park is the largest known and due to its size and remoteness, the chimpanzees flourish. Another unusual feature of the park is that, it is one of the very few in Africa that must be experienced by foot. There are no roads or other infrastructure within the park boundaries, and the only way in and out of the park is via a boat or plane.

And while chimpanzees are the star attraction, the slopes support a diverse forest fauna, including readily observed troops of red colobus, red-tailed and blue monkeys, and a kaleidoscopic array of multi-coloured forest birds.

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