Tanzania Mahale National Park

Mahale  Mountains  National  Park  lies  120  km  south  of  Kigoma  town,  on  a  peninsula in Lake Tanganyika on the western border of Tanzania. The park has an area of 1613 sq. km and is dominated by the Mahale Mountains Chain running from north-west to south-east across the middle of the park, the highest peak, Mount Nkungwe, rising 2,462 meters above sea level.  Its western boundary protects not only 63 kms of lakeshore but also the adjacent 1.6 km-wide strip of coastal waters. The park vegetation is mainly Miombo woodland with narrow strips of riverine forests, some rain forest and savannah which provide habitat to a variety of animal species.  Mahale  Mountains  like  its  northerly  neighbour  Gombe  Stream,  is  home  to  some  Africa’s  last  remaining  wild  chimpanzees,  with an estimated population of about 800, found in the rain forests of Mahale together with other rain forest animals including the Angolan colobus monkey and other primates. Species found in Miombo woodland include roan antelopes, sable antelopes and Lichtenstein hartebeest, while the savannah provide habitat to  warthogs,  giraffes,  grant’s  zebras,  hyenas  and  lions.  About 82 species of mammals have been recorded in Mahale, a remote road-free park accessible only by boat or light aircraft.  The  park  is  rich  in  bird  life  with  over  350  bird  species  recorded.  Mahale  is  bordered  to  the  west  by  Lake  Tanganyika,  the  world’s  longest,  second  deepest  and  perhaps  least-polluted  freshwater  lake,  which harbour a variety of fish species, with about 250 species found nowhere else on earth.  Mahale offers a variety of attractions for visitors, from tracking wild   habituated   chimpanzees,   to   mountain   climbing,   snorkelling,   fishing,   kayaking and relaxing on pristine, white, sandy beaches of Lake Tanganyika

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