Mahale Mountains National Park

Its Set deep in the heart of African interior, inaccessible by road and only 128km (80miles) south of where Stanley uttered that immortal greeting ‘‘Dr Livingstone, I presume’’, is a scene reminiscent of an Indian Ocean island beach idyll.

Mahale Mountains National Park is home to some of the Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzees; a population of roughly 800 (only 60 individual forming what is known as ‘‘M group’’) habituated to human visitors by a Japanese researchers in the 1960s.Tracking the chimps of Mahale is a magical experience. Mahale’s mountain ridge is around 50 km in length and runs across the park from the northwest to the southeast. Its tallest peak, Mt Nkungwe, raises 2462m a.s.l, the highest point on Lake Tanganyika shoreline.

The western slopes of the bridge form a gigantic wall that plunges into the Lake, continuing down under the water and creating the lakes enormous depths. Numerous rivers cascades down from the mountain tops, carving deep valleys and gorges into their slopes.

One of the unusual things about Mahale vegetation is the wide array of habitat types that it contains. The park is a mosaic of overlapping rainforest, woodland, bamboo forest, montaine forest and grasslands meaning that can support a unique mix of Flora and Fauna that rely on the various different habitat.

The lowland forest (locally known as ‘Kasoge’) that grows on the western slopes of the Mahale Mountains in an enclave of Congolese forest. It flourishes here because of a suitable, humid micro climate that is the result of the warm, moist air over the lake colliding with cold air blowing down from the mountains. The presence of this tropical forest allows Mahale to support many west and central African animals and birds such as the giant pangolin, a forest species found through central and West Africa.

Vegetation at altitude above 1500m in the Mahale Mountains is composed of wetter, more luxuriant forest than the lowland type.

The very tops of the ridge are covered with high altitude grassland, with a few scattered small trees. This area turns to a beautiful, colourful carpet of flowers towards the end of the rain season in May.

Most of the eastern slopes, as well as the lowland areas to the north and south of Kasoge forest are covered with a type of woodland known as miombo, in some areas interspersed with expanses of lowland bamboo bush. These areas support Mahale’s east African savannah species like the buffaloes, wild dogs and many varieties of antelopes. The vast areas of woodland are crossed by narrow belts of riverine forest that has a very similar composition to lowland, lake shore forest and which are important food sources and migration corridors for several species like key species of chimpanzees.

Size: 1613 km2 or 623sq miles where 1517km2 is terrestrial while 96km2 is aquatic habitat

Location
Western Tanzania, 128 km south of Kigoma town along Lake shores of TanganyikaCharter flights from Kigoma, Mwanza, Arusha or Dar es Salaam. Mostly Zantas air and Tanganyika flights have weekly scheduled flights to Mahale airstrip; Twice per month Mv. Liemba ferry from Kigoma (9-10hrs) then hire or arrange with Park HQ for a boat pick up at Lagosa point (30minutes cruise to the park)

Road; it’s a 2 hrs car drive south of Kigoma via Simbo Village (160km ) crossing Malagarasi river to Herembe (Dry season) or 122km to Sigunga Village upon arrangement with Park HQ for boat transfer to the Park maximum 1 or 2 hrs boat cruise respectively.

Air: several airlines offer regular services to National park airstrip (Not tarmac) but suitable for landing aircraft. Aircraft type: caravan 6-12 seeters.

Luxury Tented Camps:
Name of the camp:

Greystoke camp
Original Name: Zoe’s camp
Location: latitude 0802497 longitude 9320721 Altitude 774m a. s. l
Capacity; 14 Beds
Year of establishment: 1992
Owner: Nomad Tanzania L.T.D

NKUNGWE CAMP
Original Name: N’kungwe
Location: Latitude 0802363 Longitude 9321718 Altitude 774m a.s.l
Capacity; 20 Beds
Year of establishment: 2000
Owner: Mbalimbali camp and lodges

TANAPA BANDAS
Original Name: Mango House
Location: Latitude 0802270 Longitude 9323064 Altitude 776m a.s.l
Capacity; 20 Beds
Year of establishment: 2003
Owner: TANAPA

FLYCATCHER CAMP
Original Name: Flycatcher camp
Location: Latitude 0802450 Longitude 9323683 Altitude 778m a.s.l
Capacity; 12 Beds
Year of establishment: 2002
Owner: flycatcher safaris

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Sport fishing
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1

Ruaha National Park

2

Selous Game Reserve

3

Pemba Island

4

Tarangire National Park

5

Mountain Kilimanjaro

Places to Visit in Uganda

1

Bwindi Impenetrable Park

2

Queen Elizabeth National Park

3

Murchison Falls National Park

4

Lake Mburo National Park

5

Kidepo Valley National Park

Places to Visit in Kenya

1

Masai mara,

2

Amboseli

3

Lake Nakuru

4

Lake Naivasha

5

Tsavo East Tsavo

Places to Visit in Rwanda

1

Nyungwe-Canopy Walk

2

Akagera National Park

3

Lake Kivu

4

Volcanoes National Park

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