Mahale Mountains


Western Tanzania is probably one of the last wildlife destinations in East and South Africa that can claim to be 'undiscovered' by mainstream tourism. This is largely due to the remote locations, but for those who make the journey, the Mahale Mountains exceed all expectations. 

Tracking chimpanzees in the forests is a humbling experience as you come face to face with man's closest relative. There are very few areas left in Africa where it is possible to track chimpanzees in the wild and the location of Mahale Mountains National Park on the shores of Lake Tanganyika is one of the most atmospheric in Africa.

More than 700 chimpanzees make their homes in the Mahale Mountains. Some of these groups are accessible to visitors, others are the subject of research studies, but most live undisturbed deep inside the forest.



Greystoke Mahale

Greystoke Mahale is situated on a white sandy beach overlooking Lake Tanganyika, with the slopes of the Mahale Mountains rising behind...


Mbali Mbali Mahale Lodge

With the Mahale Mountians rising high up behind, Kungwe Beach Lodge is positioned along the beach under the tropical shade of the Mahale forest with breathtaking views over the clear waters of Lake Tanganyika...


Day 1: Mahale Mountains

Meal Basis: Half Board

Arusha is the safari capital of Tanzania located at the foot of Mt. Meru, close to Mount Kilimanjaro, the Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro National Parks. From there it’s only a short trip to the Serengeti. Just to the north, on the slopes of Mt. Meru is the Arusha National Park.

Day 2 - 5: Mahale Mountains

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

Encompassing Lake Katavi, the Katuma River and picturesque Lake Chala, Katavi National Park stretches across roughly 4500 square kilometres of Tanzanian woods and wetlands. It boasts a wide array of bird and animal life, including leopard, elephant, zebra, buffalo, lion and the densest hippo and croc populations in the country.

Day 6 - 8: Mahale Mountains

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

The second most voluminous freshwater lake on the planet, Tanganyika’s crystal clear waters are said to be among the world’s cleanest and provide a haven for a myriad of fish, including many colourful cichlid species. The lake is almost entirely surrounded by the mountains of the Great Rift Valley and bordered by two stunningly scenic nature reserves: The Mahale Mountains National Park and the Gombe Stream National Park, famous for its chimpanzees and trekking trips can be take straight from camp.

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