The Trip-Finder, January 1998

Tracking Wildlife in Mahale and Katavi Mountain Parks

Outfitters Departures Price Accommodations
The Africa Adventure Company
800-882-9453, 954-491-8877
On demand $5,450 rustic lodging

The Route: Two weeks of trekking through completely undeveloped parks, where you’ll track the world’s largest group of chimpanzees in Mahale and see herds of buffalo, elephants, and lions in Katavi.

When to go: May to October

Difficulty: Moderate

Travel advisory: Fear of flying? These parks are so remote — Mahale is 120 miles from the nearest road and 16 hours by boat from the nearest town — that charter aircraft is the only way to get there. Flights are included in the cost.

High/low points:

  • Sitting in the mountains above Lake Tanganyika, watching a family of chimpanzees eat termites.
  • Rousing a crocodile from the floor of Lake Tanganyika during an ill-advised morning snorkel.

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