Lake Tanganyika offers magnificent snorkelling and Chimpanzee trekking in the rain forest. The Mahale Mountains lie on the shores of Africa’s deepest and longest freshwater lake, Lake Tanganyika. The remote rain forests of the Mahale Mountains are home to some of the last remaining wild chimpanzees in Africa. I find this a unique ecosystem as it comprises a combination of flora and fauna from both the eastern and western habitats of tropical Africa.
In contrast, colourful tropical fish swim in the crystal clear waters of Lake Tanganyika and a spectacular variety of birds are found both in the forest canopy and along the lake shore. The park also has stunning scenery at the lake shore with white sand beaches and clear water which is perfect for swimming and sunset boat cruises.
Trek chimpanzees, snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the lake, enjoy kayaking or a boat cruise on the lake or simply relax at the beach with stunning views of the Congolese mountains. To me this is a real oasis and a perfect safari interlude before exploring further afield to some seriously remote Tanzanian game parks.
Oddly enough this is the only place where chimpanzees and lions co-exist. This is a ‘road-free’ National Park with no other infrastructure within those boundaries, and the only way in and out of the park is via boat on the lake after arrival by light aircraft.