Established – 1960s
Size- 1,613 sq km (623 sq miles)
Location- Western Tanzania
Boarding Lake Tanganyika, Mahale Mountain National Park is one of the most picturesque places in Tanzania.
The park is famous among visitors because of holding an abundant number of chimpanzees. In addition to chimpanzee, Mahale is heaven for other primates. The beauty of the park includes rivers and waterfalls and white sandy beached around the shoreline of the Lake.
The wild adventure leads through the misty forests. During these walks hikers also have the chance to spot other animals such as roan and sable antelope, warthog mongoose, and sometimes even lion and leopard. Crocodiles are also known to live in the park but rare.
Here you can also spot Tanzania’s densest population of primates like red colobus, yellow baboon, red-tailed monkeys and vervet monkeys. Hippos can also be witnessed in Lake Tanganyika, swimming in the crystal clear waters.
Home to almost 355 species of birds, the park is also famous as birders paradise. On the sandy beaches of the Lakeshore visitors can spot pelicans and different storks as well as malachite kingfishers, pied king fishers, fish eagles Livingston’s turacos, narina trogons, crested guinea fowls and blue cheeked bee and many more colourful birds.
The lake also harbors over 250 endemic fish species. You can also get the chance of snorkelling in the shallow waters of the Lake and swim with the multi-colored fishes.
May to October is considered the best season to visit the park. Chimpanzees can be spotted in groups, the lake illuminates in the rays of the sun so the colourful fishes.
November to April is the Wet Season. During this time the waterfalls are in full flow and birding is at its peak. Colorful migratory birds can be easily seen in an abundant number.
However, Mahale can be accessible all round the year.
Chimpanzees and other primates such as red colobus, yellow baboon, red-tailed monkeys and vervet monkeys
In addition to primates, roan and sable antelope, mongoose, warthog, hippos and sometimes even lion and leopard
Some of the noted birds are malachite kingfishers, pied king fishers, fish eagles Livingston’s turacos, narina trogons, crested guinea fowls and blue cheeked bee and many more colourful birds
Like other national parks, travelling to Mahale Mountain National Park is also safe. Although some health concerns are necessary to follow, like mosquito repellent with at least 30% DEET, antimalaria medication and covering the skin during the evening time.
As the park offers primate trekking, so Primate Trekking Safety Precautions should be followed.
Most importantly you need to follow the instructions of your guide in your whole trip.
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