Mahale is one of the best locations in the world for viewing
chimpanzees in the wild. One of the most remote and beautiful national
parks in Africa, located about half way down the eastern shore of the
enormous Lake Tanganyika. The only access is by boat along the lake. All
safaris inside the park are on foot through the forests.
Mahale is also
a beautiful lakeside location with golden sandy beaches, ideal for
swimming, boating, snorkelling and fishing.
Chimpanzee tracking: A reasonable level of fitness is required to track
chimpanzees. Tracking usually begins early in the morning, with the
guides starting at the area where the chimpanzees nested the previous
night and tracking from there.
The tracking can take between 2 - 4 hours,
or maybe more if the chimpanzees have moved far away or high up.
Approximately 1 hour is spent observing the chimpanzees. One tracking a
day per group, with a maximum of 8 people per group. The instructions of
the guide must be followed at all times.
Important note - the National Parks authorities are considering
introducing 'Chimp Permits' at a likely fee of $150 or more per person
per day and the possible limitation of one permit per stay. Current
prices do not include the cost of these permits - this will either be
added to your holiday cost or collected locally if required.