_Mahale Mountains National Park
Mahale Mountains National Park is wonderful. It is difficult to write this description without filling it completely with superlatives.
Located right on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, an expensive and relatively long flight from Arusha (operated only twice weekly), followed by a relaxing dhow cruise, takes you to the lush and stunningly beautiful Mahale Mountain range, which slopes right down to the water's edge.
In the distance, across the water you can see the hills of the DRC as the horizon, confirming that you are now deep in the African continent, in one of the most remarkable locations.
The major drawcard of Mahale is the chimpanzee trekking, which is a heart-racing, dream fulfilling excursion, which takes you through the jungle of Mahale, and within touching distance of wild chimpanzees.
Besides the chimp trekking though, Mahale can be enjoyed for its serenity, beauty, water activities, fishing, the amazing locals, and the relaxation of the sandy beach. While it is a costly exercise, if funds allow, Mahale Mountains must be visited at least once in a lifetime. Combining Mahale with Katavi National Park, which lies just to the east can create an unbeatable Tanzanian safari itinerary.
Highlights of Mahale Mountains include: