Mahale Mountains

Mahale Mountains, photo by Wikimedia Commons
Mahale Mountains (photo by Wikimedia Commons)
 

Mahale Mountains National Park lies on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Western Tanzania.

The chimpanzee population in Mahale Mountains National Park is the largest known in the world, resulting from the area’s size and remoteness. It is also the only place where chimpanzees and lions co-exist.

The park is one of the few in all of 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 boat on the lake.

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
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In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Imperial Hotel

Imperial Hotel

Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Imperial Hotel offers accommodation in Kigoma. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site. Each room is fitted with a flat-screen TV. Extras include slippers and free toiletries. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$19

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Green View Hotel

Green View Hotel

Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Green View Hotel offers accommodation in Kigoma. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and has a flat-screen TV. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$30

$30-
Leaders Lodge

Leaders Lodge

Featuring free WiFi, Leaders Lodge offers accommodation in Kigoma. Free private parking is available on site. All units are air conditioned and include a flat-screen TV. Bed linen is available. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$35

$35-
Kigoma Hilltop Hotel

Kigoma Hilltop Hotel

Offering a year-round outdoor pool and a private beach area, Kigoma Hilltop Hotel is set in Kigoma. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$92

$92-
Lake Shore Lodge

Lake Shore Lodge

Offering a private beach area and water sports facilities, Lake Shore Lodge is set in Kipili. Lakeshore Geocache is 300 metres from the property. Free WiFi is offered . The accommodation features a seating area. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

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Natural
Unusual Local Feature

World's Largest Concentration of Chimpanzees

This park is home to some of the Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzees, with a population of roughly 900. They are habituated to human visitors by a Japanese research project founded in the 1960s. Tracking the chimps of Mahale is the major activity.

The best time to visit for chimpanzee-viewing is the dry season (May -October). During this period, chimpanzees are likely to be seen in big groups, the sunshine illuminates the fish in the Lake and the beach is an inviting place to relax.
Hiking and Trekking
Since the park must be experienced by foot, any route involves hiking. The key thing is to follow the chimpanzees, wherever they are located.
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