Mahale National Park (gazette in 180 lies 120 km south of Kigoma on a peninsula that cuts out into Lake Tanganyika. The park covering on area of 1577 km2 is dominated by Mahale Mountains chain running from northwest across the middle of the park (the highest peak being 2462 m above sea level).
The Park vegetation is mainly Miombo woodland with narrow strips of river in forests. It forms a suitable habitat for a variety of animal species eg elephants, warthogs =, giraffes, zebras, roan antelopes, buffalos, hyenas, wild dogs and lions in the eastern woodland.
According to the recent animal census there are more than 700 chimpanzees living in about 15 different communities. There is a small guest house near Kisiha Village and a luxury tented camp, which only operates during the dry season (May – October).