Best Time to Visit – Mahale Mountains NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Tanzania.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.

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It is possible to track chimpanzees all year in Mahale Mountains. However, the chances of finding them improve towards the end of the Dry season (from July to October) when the chimps favor the lower slopes. If you have two or three days, your chance of seeing them is reasonable at any time of the year.

Best Time July to October (Chimp trekking is easy)
High Season July to October (Crowds in Mahale are rare)
Low Season April and May (Most lodges are closed)
Best Weather May to October (Almost no rainfall)
Worst Weather November to April (Wet season)

May to October Dry Season

  • Chimpanzees can be found easily on the low mountain slopes from July to October
  • Sunshine with little chance for rain
  • Malaria is less of a concern since few mosquitoes are present
  • You might see other tourists while tracking chimps, but the park is never crowded

November to April Wet Season

  • The air is clean and clear
  • Waterfalls are in full flow
  • Migratory birds are present, so birding is at its peak
  • Butterflies are plentiful
  • Forest trails may be slippery and hard to travel
  • As chimpanzees move to higher ground, they become harder to track
  • It gets hot and humid

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