Home to the largest known population of chimpanzees, Mahale Mountains National Park is a research base for Japanese primatologists.
Mahale is located in the Western Tanzania to the South of Kigoma town, it is bordering Lake Tanganyika-the World’s longest, second deepest and least polluted freshwater lake-harbouring an estimated 1000 fish species.
The park like its northerly neighbor Gombe is home to some of the Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzees, a population of roughly 900. They were habituated to human visitors by a Japanese research project founded in the 1960s.
Tracking the chimps of Mahale is a magical experience. The dry season (May to October) is the best time to visit. During this period, chimpanzees are likely to be seen in big groups.