The Mahale National Park is in the protected natural area of Tanzania which is located on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.
The park which extends over a vast area of 1,613 km² is dominated by its homonymous mountain range, with Mount Nkungwe reaching an impressive of altitude of 2.460m. It is traditionally considered to be territory of the Watongwe and Waholoholo tribes. The park can only be reached by boat, via the lake and is well known for the fact that it hosts one of the most numerous populations of chimpanzees, existent in a natural inhabitat.
In addition to the chimpanzees, there are another 8 different species of primates, including the Angolan colobus and the Western red colobus. The band of savannah which surrounds the slopes of the mountain range, is inhabited by many other mammals including buffalo, lions, giraffes, elephants, leopards, and various other species.