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Mahale Mountains National Park

Sitting on the shoreline of ancient Lake Tanganyika, Mahale Mountain National Park is located as far west as you can possibly go in Tanzania.  An absolutely exceptional safari destination, Mahale offers the best chimpanzee viewing in Africa.
Mahale Mountain National Park is very different from other national parks in Tanzania in that there are no roads or vehicles and it is covered in thick tropical forest from the Lake Tanganyika shoreline up to its mountain peaks which are often shrouded in clouds.  The resident chimpanzees move over this whole area freely throughout the year seeking out the best feeding areas. As a general rule, the fruit that the chimpanzees eat grows higher in the mountains from June through to August, and then at a lower altitude from September onwards, making the chimp trek shorter at this time of year.
 
Due to its beautifully remote location this national park sees very few tourists each year, but those who make the journey are richly rewarded with the opportunity to visit the M Clan of some 60-plus habituated chimpanzees. The forest is also filled with an array of stunning birdlife and a number of other forest-dwelling animals including leopard. 
However, there is a lot more to this forest than meets the eye.  The tree canopy is the domain of giant squirrels and excitable troops of vervet, red colobus and white spot nose monkeys, and deep in the forest are hidden waterfalls.  In addition to the chimp trekking, guided walks will reveal the forest's secrets to you. 
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