The Mahale Mountains National Park is one of the most magical and remote places in Tanzania. Inaccessible by road, a visit to this incredible place is best enjoyed as part of an itinerary combining some of the more remote areas of Tanzania. Mahale is one of the most exclusive destinations for viewing some of the world’s most fascinating and intelligent creatures: chimpanzees. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness chimps in their natural environment comes at a price however. For many though, an experience of this magnitude is worth every cent. In addition, the geography of this beautiful area on the shores of the lake is an experience in itself.
The Chimp Safari itinerary offers this unique, although expensive opportunity to really be out in the wild and have an unforgettable experience of nature and the animal kingdom. This safari can only be booked from July to the end of October (dry season) and due to flight schedules, departures are only on Mondays or Fridays from Arusha.
*Note: addition to or part of either the Classic Tanzania or Southern Tanzania itineraries.
Western Tanzania (Mahale) and the Chimp Trekking can be booked alone (minimum of 3 nights) or as a combination with most safari destinations in Tanzania. Drop us a line to find out which combination works best for you.
Fly from Mahale to Arusha or Dar es Salaam
End of your safari
Climate from June to October: rainfall is minimal so chimp season is at its peak, making trekking in the slopes of the Mahale Mountains much easier. The chimps are found on the lower slopes of the mountain, making them more easily accessible. There is less malaria than usual due to fewer mosquitoes.
Climate from November to May: the weather is quite hot and humid and rainfall is more common. It is lush and verdant with overflowing waterfalls and abundant birdlife, but the chimps often move higher up the mountain and the trails can be slippery, making the trekking slightly more challenging.
Depending on what time of year you travel, we will recommend the best areas and camps to visit and which parts of the Serengeti National Park to go to in order to have the best chance of seeing the migration. We want to make sure that you have the best chance of seeing a lot of game - the migration is more than just wildebeest – it means predator action, and generally a huge congregation of all kinds of mammals!
From mid July to October, the migration is usually concentrated in the the northern part of the Serengeti and the wildebeest accumulate in the Mara River area. From December to March, the migration is usually located in the Southern Serengeti where the wildebeest congregate for calving season. Some of the camps (like Olakira) move twice a year to follow the migration, so will be located either in Southern or Northern Serengeti depending on when you visit. At other times of the year, the migration won't be so concentrated, but there is still plenty of game in the Serengeti - we will advise the most appropriate locations to visit.
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