Africa’s premier chimp-tracking destination
“A continuous screeching emanates through the forest. We catch sight of a large male chimp, swinging from branch to branch. He pauses, hanging for a while. He manoeuvres himself along the branch, before reaching out a long arm to grab a fruit snack…”
The steep jungle-clad slopes of Mahale Mountains are home to around 1,000 of Africa’s remaining wild chimpanzees. Known as one of the most isolated parks in Africa, Mahale covers 1613km2 of rugged terrain along the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika. Its tranquil white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters are a welcome spot to rest up after a hard day tracking chimps. You can often spot warthog and bushbuck wandering on the sand.
The park is also home to many other species, including leopard, various antelope, a wealth of other primates and forest birds, many of which are normally associated with West Africa.