An active adventure exploring Lake Tanganyika
Lake Tanganyika in remote Western Tanzania is the longest freshwater lake in the world and the second deepest. It lies in the Great Rift valley with the Democratic Republic of Congo on its western shore, and Tanzania on the east. Parts of the lake also sit in both Burundi and Zambia.
Apart from the wildlife in and around the lake it also holds historical significance – it was at Ujiji where Henry Morton Stanley finally tracked down David Livingstone. Further south, at Gombe Stream National Park, Jane Goodall has studied chimpanzees over nearly 60 years, and thereby giving the world a remarkable insight into humankinds closest living relatives.
The Lake supports an incredible diversity of fish, supporting more than 500 fish species with 60% of them endemic – the celebrated Tanganyika cichlids. The water in the lake is beautifully clear offering great opportunities for snorkeling and swimming. Numerous small fishing villages dot the shore in some areas whilst incredibly remote and inaccessible beaches offer idyllic settings.
Mahale Mountains National Park is one of Africa’s greatest national parks, famous for the habituated chimpanzees that call Mahale home. This park offers an incredibly diverse and unique experience for the intrepid adventurer. Mahale boasts a pristine shoreline with white sandy beaches along Lake Tanganyika, rugged mountains, deep green jungles, waterfalls, woodlands and savannas. The highlight of exploring Mahale is undoubtably the opportunity to spend time with the incredible chimpanzee groups that roam the park. These chimps have been the subject of a research project that started in 1965 giving insight into their behaviour, community and history. Mahale also supports nine other species of primates making it one of the most important protected areas in Tanzania for primate conservation. In addition, the park supports wonderful butterfly diversity, fantastic forest and rewarding birding opportunities.
Discover more about the evolution of the Lake Tanganyika expedition here.