Chimpanzee in Mahale National Park, Tanzania.
Chimpanzee Tracking, Mahale Mountains National Park
In one of Tanzania’s most secluded, unspoiled and inaccessible parks you'll begin your morning trek fafter a briefing from your knowledgeable and experienced guide who will host you for the duration of your expedition.
Either trek through the rocky and undulating topography of the looming chain of Mahale Mountains or walk through the gorgeous lowland woodlands, depending on where you are more likely to find a family group of the 1,000 chimpanzees on that day. Keep your senses on high alert for the multitude of wildlife and birdlife that use these same paths daily. Many of the forest paths you will walk have been created by the animals themselves over many years. There are 82 species of mammals here including the group of habituated chimpanzees that you are seeking to find.
Once you have located the troop there will be an hour in which you can observe the chimpanzees going about their business, playing and interacting with one another. There are very few places in the world that allow you such an up-close encounter with chimpanzees in the wild, and viewing these creatures in their natural habitat is an experience like no other. When the hour is up, begin the trek back to your accommodation for a delicious lunch and time to chat about the spectacle you just witnessed.
We cannot guarantee a sighting of these wonderful primates, but we can recommend you try daily walking treks until you do find them as the more you walk, the higher your chances are. However, Mahale is well-known as the best place in the world to view wild chimpanzees; their encounters are more reliable and prolonged due to a larger population size.