Mahale National Park
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Mahale Mountains Chimpanzee Tracking

 

Mahale Mountains Chimpanzee Tracking

Having more than 550 plant species, Mahale is rich in plants. Researchers believes that at least 1,000 flower plants are found within the national park boundary. The plant species have been a major influence for the life of chimpanzees, who utilize 328 food items from 198 plant species. Some of these plants are used by chimpanzees as medicine and appetizers. Mahale support the world’s largest known population of chimpanzees.
Location:  Mahale is located south of Kigoma Town about 150 kilometers  away. Covering an area of 1600 square kilometers. It was first documented in VL Cameron's "Across Africa" in 1877,  however, the park was thrown into prominence in 1958  when a group of scientists from Oxford started scientific exploration
Though it is well-known for chimpanzees and baboons, Mahale Mountains National Park has also savannah adapted species of East and South Africa,  forest adapted species of West and Central Africa or Congo Basin animals. Among them are the giant squirrel, red-legged sun squirrel, brush-tailed porcupine, Angolan black and white-Colobus (which are regarded to be a new species in this area), Bushy-tailed mongoose, and sharp's grysbok.
Other animals in the national park include: leopards (increasing in number), lions, African hunting dogs, Kudus, elands, roans and sable antelopes, giraffes, buffaloes and elephants.
Birding: Different kind of birds have been recorded here. On the lake shore, where there are bushes of reed, small swamp and fields, grassland species such as the red-collared widowbird can be seen. In the site of the former village of Kasiha, where palm trees are dominant, the speckled mouse birds are seen building their nests. Crown-eagles, bee-eaters and rollers can be observed  at Mountain Nkungwe, while in the gallery forests along Kansyana Valley group of crested guinea fowl, Ross's Turacos; a vivid colored bird on the tree tops, and parrots can be seen. The highest peak is 2,460m
There are no roads within this park, so visitors travelling to Mahale by plane from Arusha, Katavi or Ruaha or by big boat from Kigoma on the shores of Lake Tanganyika must make the final part of their journey by dhow to the park gate.

It is specifically for active safari; it takes place on foot through dense forest. Mahale Mountains is a prime destination for primate lovers, ornithologists, forest dwellers and nature trailers.

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