The park like its northerly neighbor Gombe is home to some of the Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzees, a population of roughly 900, they are habituated to human visitors by a Japanese research project founded in the 1960s.

Tracking the chimps of Mahale is a magical experience.

 Mahale is located in the Western Tanzania to the South of Kigoma town, it is bordering Lake Tanganyika-the World’s longest, second deepest and least polluted freshwater lake-harboring an estimated 1000 fish  species.

          Tourist Attractions
          – The Chimpanzees
          – Chain of Mountains (Mahale range)
          – Forest fauna and flora (Angola colobus, red colobus, red-tailed and blue monkeys, forest birds, alpine bamboo, montane rain forest etc).
          – Beach along Lake Tanganyika
          – Local fishermen
          – Sun set on the Lake horizon.

Direct flights to Mahale
 This is the easiest way to reach Mahale. During the peak tourist season (June to October) the three tour operators with camps in Mahale  schedule regular flights between the park and Arusha town. Between October and March flights arrive and leave twice each week. Between March, April and the first half of May Camps close therefore there are no scheduled flights.

 However it is also possible for visitors to arrange their own charter flights. Tanzania has a large number of charter flight companies such as  Air Excel, Northern Air and Regional Air to mention a few. Private charters can be arranged from major cities of Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam, Mwanza or Zanzibar.

The airstrip at Mahale is suitable for light aircraft only with the capacity of up to 12 passengers.

          Travel to Mahale via Kigoma
          Kigoma can be reached via several routes:
          By Air:

Air Tanzania schedules daily flights from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma. The flight takes about 3 hours.
          By Road:

Road provides accessibility to Kigoma, but it can be rough and impassable, especially in the rainy season. From Arusha it takes 2 or 3 days to reach Kigoma by car, a 4-wheel drive vehicle is required.
          By Rail:

Trains from Dar es salaam leave 2-3 times a week. The journey takes about three days and two nights.

          From Kigoma:

Mahale can be reached by boat, by light aircraft or by   car.
Transport to Mahale by speedboats or timber boats from Kigoma can be   arranged with the Park or private operators in Kigoma. The speedboats          take between 4 and 5 hours to reach the park while timber boats can   take up to 15 hours or more.