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See the last remaining wild chimpanzees in Africa at Mahale

Touring around remote and untouched Mahale is a magical way to encounter the last remaining wild chimpanzees in Africa.

These beautiful creatures run freely through the 1,613km2 of Mahale Mountains National Park. They are far from alone: there are nine species of primates that live here. As you look out for primates keep your eyes also peeled for some of the 355 bird species that populate the park, as well as butterfly, hippo and the 250 species of fish swimming tantalisingly just below the waters of the rivers and lakes.

Situated 128km south of Kigoma town, on the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika, the rugged and hilly park is dominated by the Mahale Mountain chain. This is perfect terrain for a spot of chimpanzee trekking. Japanese primate researchers began exploring along the shore of the lake as early as 1961 and you can follow in their footsteps. It can be strenuous keeping up with the 1,000 chimpanzees that live here but you’ll get to spend an hour with them watching them play and forage - a truly memorable experience.

Apart from chimpanzee trekking, your guides will also help you explore the land in and around Mahale. Here you’ll find the traditional Watongwe and Waholoholo tribes. Watch carefully how they propel their boats along the lake because you may be in the kayak next...

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