Explore tropical rain forests inhabited by Chimps on the Chimpanzee Safari

Set on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania, the tropical rainforests of the Mahle Mountains are home to a large population of Chimpanzees, Black-and-White Colobus Monkeys, Brush-tailed Porcupine, Bushy-tailed Mongoose, Blue Duiker, Sharpes Grysbok, and over 300 species of birds.

This region is quite remote, with no set infrastructure within the park boundaries meaning that all explorations of the forested slopes are done on foot. The main attraction in Mahale are the chimpanzees, and you set out each morning in search of a family. Once located you have an hour to spend in amongst the Chimps, observing their daily routine, various antics and interactions.

A small camp of rustic luxury is set right on the beach of Lake Tanganyika, and after a solid day’s trek exploring the forest, you can relax with a cocktail on the beach and enjoy the sunset. The camp consists of 6 private chalets with all the necessary comforts and amenities, offering peace and tranquility so you can experience nature as it was intended.

A whole range of other activities await when you are not trekking the Chimps; follow the trails through the forest that run along the rivers, and find yourself at the foot of hidden waterfalls, or photographing one of the many endemic species of birds found only in these mountains. You can also head out on the lake on a traditional dhow boat for a sunset cruise or a spot of fishing, while kayaks are available for the more energetic travellers.

Flights into Mahale depart from Arusha, which is also the starting point for nearly every other safari in Tanzania, so connecting with other experiences is really easy. You can extend your safari to include any number of other amazing safari locations in Tanzania or the East African region. Contact our safari specialists to help you plan your dream safari!