Mahale isn’t the easiest or even the cheapest tourist destination to visit. Basing on your tour itinerary, the point of entrance into the country will be at Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) found in Arusha city, or Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in the capital city Dar es Salaam. Usually the tour operator will collect you from the airport and then manage with your travel arrangements as per your earlier agreement. The alternatives include taking a direct chartered flight into Mahale or taking a scheduled flight into the Kigoma Airport (TKQ) and then from there take a chartered flight to the airstrip in Mahale. You can as well travel using a private motorboat that takes about 3 – 4 hours.
Airlines and ticket prices
You may check Skyscanner or, for those interested in flights to multiple destination you can check Expedia to find out which airlines is available to transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) or to the Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam and how much the tickets cost.
Domestic flights to Mahale Mountains National Park
Normally these charter flights are reserved by your safari / tour operator all as part of your safari package. You may make reservations for your Domestic flights with any of the domestic carrier such as: Air Tanzania, Precision Air, Regional Air, ZanAir, Safari Air Link, or Coastal Aviation
Passport, visa and other entry requirements
Information about the Passport, visa plus other requirements at the point of entry can be acquired directly through your tour operator
Mahale Park Regulations
Mahale Mountains National Park is habitat to one of the most researches chimpanzee populations in Africa. The assistances that tourists offer through payment as park entrance fees offers the Park with the help to protect this amazing chimp population and its natural forest habitat.
Park rules and regulations
Keep to the marked trails.
Do not disturb any of the wild animals. Avoid making noise.
Be thoughtful to fellow visitors – don’t disturb them or even the wild animals they are observing.
Don’t take pets or even guns inside the park.
Do not cut, uproot, damage or even pick any plant or carry any part of a plant native to the park.
Do not set any fires or discard objects by burning them.
Do not litter inside the park
from 7.00p.m to 6.00a.m you should keep to the designated vicinity of your accommodation (tented camps, campsites, tourist bandas or even rest house).
A chimpanzee permit is valid for one entry in 24 hours.
The Chimpanzees, a series of Mountains (the Mahale range), Forest plants and animals (blue monkeys, Angola colobus, forest birds, red colobus, montane rain forest, red-tailed monkeys as well as alpine bamboo), the Beach on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, visit the Local fishermen, watch the breathtaking Sun set on the horizon of the Lake
What to do
Chimp tracking, Hiking to the highest peak of the mountain ranges – “Nkungwe” at 8,069ft which is considered sacred by the locals – the Tongwe people, Camping safaris, Snorkeling as well as Sports fishing in addition to other water sports activities