Mahale Mountains National Park is one of the most remote park which lies 120 km south of Kigoma town, on a peninsula in Lake Tanganyika on the western border of Tanzania. It covers an area of 1613 sq km dominated with distinctive population of Chimpanzee estimated currently to about 1,000 which can be seen in diverse groups of between five and thirty at a time in their natural habitats together with other rain forest animals including the Angolan colobus monkey and other primates.
The dry season of May through October I the best season to visit the Mahale park as the Chimpanzee are likely to be seen in even more big groups, the sunshine illuminates the fish in the Lake and beach is an inviting place for relaxation. The rainy season can be remarkable experience by viewing the neighboring country of DR Congo across the water and by incredible lightning storms that light up the lake at night
The vegetation of the Mahale is populated with the Miombo woodland, the narrow forest along the rivers. Other primates such as baboons and colobus monkeys, bush pig, porcupine and other animals are found in the north; while to the south various antelope species, lion, elephant, buffalo and giraffe live.
Over 80 species of mammals have been recorded in Mahale, a remote road-free park accessible only by boat or light aircraft. The park is rich in bird life with over 350 bird species recorded. Generally, Mahale offers a variety of attractions for visitors, from tracking wild habituated chimpanzees, to mountain climbing, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking and relaxing on pristine, white, sandy beaches of Lake Tanganyika.