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Chimpanzee safari at Lake Tanganika Mahale National Park Tanzania Chimpanzee tours in Mahale National Park Tanzania
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I still remember the alpha male walking next to me on the trail. He was walking so close the hair on his long forearms brushed up against my leg. I froze in place. I remember thinking, The rangers told me not to get close to the chimps. What am I supposed to do? I thought that would be the high of my chimpanzee viewing in Mahale, but the best was yet to come.

- Karen Zulauf
Owner, Deeper Africa
Boulder, CO, USA

Chimpanzees of Tanzania

4-Day Wildlife Safari: 4 Days, 3 Nights in Country
  • Wildlife Viewing in Tanzania:  Mahale National Park
  • Types of Transportation:  Bush Plane, Boat
  • Active Options Included:  Chimpanzee Trekking, Swimming, Snorkeling, Kayaking, Boating, Fishing, Bird Watching, Hippo Viewing, Forest Hiking
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Trip Overview

In the remote Mahale National Park, 80 miles south of where explorers Stanley and Livingstone first met, wild chimpanzees have made the mountain forests near Lake Tanganyika their home. There are no roads in this park: humans enter only on foot or travel along the coast by boat.

The chimpanzees have been habituated by a group of researchers from Kyoto University. Their efforts offer you excellent rewards: close encounters with chimps and the opportunity to sit quietly and observe chimpanzee family life as it unfolds around you. Spend time in close proximity as you watch playful primates interact, eat, and move through the wilderness. You will trek twice into Mahale Forest with expert local guides who work daily with the chimps and are skilled at tracking their movements.

Beyond the chimpanzees, Mahale is also home to gorgeous butterfly and bird life as well as other smaller primates. Relax on the shores of Lake Tanganyika at either the cozy Kungwe Beach Lodge or the more upscale Greystoke Mahale and enjoy kayaking, fishing, and other water activities in this piece of paradise. This place is magic.


Kungwe Beach Lodge - Mahale National Park

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