The Mahale Mountains National Park lies 120 kilometres / 75 miles south of Kigoma, on a peninsula that juts out into Lake Tanganyika. The Park covers an area of 1613 square kilometres /623 square miles, and its western boundary protects not only 63 kilometres / 39 miles of lakeshore, but also the adjacent 1.6 kilometre-wide strip of coastal waters.
Mahale Mountains National Park was created to protect thousands of chimpanzees and is set in the magnificent Mahale Mountains. It is renowned for its fantastic sunsets over Lake Tanganyika, which makes it an essential stop for the keen photographer and safari enthusiast. The habitat combines rain forest, grasslands, alpine bamboo and woodland. There are few natural environments more seductive than Mahale, and there is probably no place on earth better to view wild chimpanzees. Over 90 unique species of fish swim in the clear waters of the lake.
Some 50 species of animals have been recorded in the Mahale Mountains National Park, predominant among these being representatives from various monkey and ape families: chimpanzees, yellow baboon, Sykes monkey, red tailed monkey, savannah monkey, colobus monkey (both the red, and black and white species), and two species of bush-baby. As there are no roads for 80 kilometres /50 miles, access to the area is by charter aircraft and all activities are done on foot or by boat.