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  Mahale Mountains NP
Size: 1,613 km2/623 sq mi.
Wildlife: Monkeys and chimpanzees.
Getting there: Domestic flight to Kigoma (for example from Arusha). To Mahale from Kigoma by boat.
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Mahale Mountains National Park
Mahale Mountains National Park is (like its sister park Gombe Stream) situated on the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania. It's a hilly park, featuring mountains peaks up to 2,462 m/8,077 ft. Much of the park is covered in miombo woodland, but there are also forests, mountain forests and bamboo forests.

The eastern and drier part has some classic safari wildlife, such as lions, giraffes, elephants, wild dogs and roan antelopes.

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Red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys and red colobus may be seen in the forests, while black-faced vervet monkeys and baboons, like the chimpanzees, are found both in forests and in less densely vegetated and drier areas. Black and white colobus may be seen in the mountain forests.

Lodges and camps

There are two camps/lodges, a camping site and bandas in the park. The camps/lodges are often referred to as luxury, but the standard is not really luxury, rather a fairly good standard seen in many good camps. Much of the true luxury is the remoteness and the beautiful location; the camp/lodge on the beach in front of a deep forest, and the Mahale Mountains for a backdrop.

Greystoke Mahale.Greystoke Mahale (formerly Zoe's Camp) is a good lodge on the shore of Lake Tanganyika, a little bit south of Nkungwe. It has an overall exotic atmosphere. There are six bungalows with ensuite bathrooms and verandas facing the lake, a central restaurant building, and lounging areas. The lodge offers chimpanzee tracking, canoeing, dhow tours, walks, fishing, swimming and snorkelling. You normally need to book this lodge a very long time before travelling.

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Kungwe Beach Lodge (formerly Nkungwe Tented Camp) is situated on the shore of Lake Tanganyika in Mahale Mountains National Park, in a beautiful beach setting. It has ten safari tents facing the beach, all with ensuite bathroom, solar lighting and veranda. The main activities are chimpanzee tracking, walks, bird watching, swimming and snorkelling.

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