In addition to Gombe, Mahale Mountains National Park is home to around 1000 chimpanzees and actually has the highest density of primates of any park in Africa! Its rugged, forest landscape is very different to that of the ‘Lion King’ image of other parks in Tanzania but within it lies a magical experience for any wildlife enthusiast. Chimpanzees are cheeky, inquisitive creatures and due to the Mahale chimpanzees being habituated to humans they are happy to be observed at close range. Treks to see the chimps can be somewhat strenuous, depending on where the animals decide to reside that day, but the hike is well worth it and the small group sizes make for an interesting and intimate experience!
If you want to pair your trip to Mahale and Gombe with a wild game experience, head to Kavati National Park This is a really great place to see elephants, lions and leopards while still being in a relatively untouched part of the country. This means you get top quality wildlife encounters without the high numbers of tourists.
Please get in touch with our Tanzania destination specialist for more information.