Alongside Lake Tanganyika, the second deepest lake in the world, you will find the paradise that is Mahale Mountains National Park. But you aren’t the only one who is enchanted by the misty mountains and tropical foliage of this remote western region of Tanzania. Chimpanzees have claimed this countryside as their own. One of the last remaining and largest populations of wild chimpanzees, these primates are fiercely protected and visitors are limited to 1hour in their company.
To honour this remote haven, the park is only accessible by air and boat, and the only way to explore the park is by foot. Leafy pathways snake through forests and lush vegetation, taking trekkers to rivers, waterfalls and the lake. Nine species of primates live within the park’s boundaries, including red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, the yellow baboon and the red colobus monkey. 73 species of mammals as well as 355 species of birds all thrive within the safe spaces that the park preserves.
The crystal-clear waters of Lake Tanganyika make it idyllic for snorkeling, kayaking and fishing. But there is peace to be found, simply sitting on the beach, the verdant forest at your back, as you soak in the tranquillity of the surrounding nature.