Tanzania is a case of success regarding Nature conservation and endangerous species protection. The country soon understood that they have been presented with some of the greatest natural wonders to be found on Earth. And quickly they learned how to conserve them and take good care of them.

In fact, many conservation works have been done here, specially those related with fighting Elephant Hunting and saving one of the most endangerous species in the world, the Black Rhino. Jane Goodall also become famous for her pioneer work with the Chimpanzees at Gombe Stream National Park.

Blessed by nature with 14 national parks (there are even more, but these ones are the most famous) one can found everything in Tanzania. Tanzania is what comes to your mind when you think of Africa. There are parks that are as large as many european countries like the Serengeti National park and Selous Game Reserve. There are parks, like Katavi National Park or Ruaha National Park that are so untouched by humans they reassemble the descriptions of Africa by white hunters and missionaires who came here centuries ago. Parks where you can have a million of acres just for yourself and see more lions than people. There are parks like Gombe Stream National Park or Mahale Mountains National Park where you will be able to see large groups of Chimpanzees and Gorillas. There are parks like Saadani National park where you can join pristine beaches and the wild bush. Other parks, such as Ngorongoro Conservation Area with its Ngorongoro Crater have a beauty that is so stunning, so breathtaking that it is impossible to put into words. And what about Kilimanjaro National Park? Where you can see giraffes with the world's tallest free standing mountain, the roof of Africa, in the background? Well, there are really parks for every taste and interest and we haven't even spoke about Zanzibar, with world class beaches of white sand and turquoise warm water. Tanzania is definitely one of the top destinations of the world.

In the following map, you can see the 14 national parks. To learn more about each one and see what we recommend, move your mouse over the map and click in one park.

Mahale Mountains National Park

Description

This park is absolutely stunning. One one side, you have the crystal clear waters of Lake Tanganyika, on the other you have the high thick forest mountains. And between the two, there are deserted and beautiful white sandy beaches. This is paradise.
Like Gombe, this park is also famous for its chimpanzees but it is a much larger park. There are four vegetation zones in this park: Miombo woodland, rainforest, savanna and montane grassland.


Wildlife

The most famous inhabitants are, of course, the chimpanzees but there are many other primates such as yellow baboons, vervet monkeys, red tailed monkeys or blue monkeys. Other species include bushbaby, porcupine, giant squirrel, bush pigs and the warthog. There are leopards but very hard to see. Hippos and crocodiles can be seen by boat along the lubulumbu river.
230 species of birdlife are present in the park, including crowned eagles, scaly francolins, crested guinea-fowls, giant kingfishers, blue cheeked bee-eaters, trumpeter hornbills or the crested marimba.


When to go

Open throughout the year but recommended from may to October.


What to do

4x4 game safaris and boat rides.


What we suggest

Though secondary, this is a very enjoyable park with our without chimpanzees due to its fantastic beauty. The lake, the beaches, the wild forest with the high peaks offers a great retreat on the shores of the second deepest lake in the world. We recommend it for anyone who is doing a large circuit in Tanzania and would like to complement it with a park that is off the beaten track.