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The Mahale Mountains National Park in western Tanzania is truly the home of the Chimpanzee. Sharing the national park with the Chimpanzee are Hyaenas, Leopards, Buffaloes, Baboons, Kudu and many other typically African species.
The national park is located on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo on the edge of Lake Tanganyika. The park is about 1 600km in area and is among the most difficult in Africa to reach. Travel within the park is confined to walking as there are no roads.
The mountains of the national park rise to about 8 000 feet, with large areas of rainforest
The main camping area in the national park is located on the shores of Lake Tanganyika at a place known as Kasiha. This area is reached via boat on Lake Tanganyika.
Mahale National Park is renowned for its Chimpanzees, yet it is also rich in fish, which will greatly interest those with interests in aquaria. Some 320 species of fish are to be found in Lake Tanganyika, many of which are Cichlids.
Lake Tanganyika is the world's longest lake at 670km and the second deepest at 1400m.