Like its northerly neighbor Gombe, Mahale Mountains Nations Park is home to some of the last remaining wild chimpanzees in Africa. Around 1,000of these fascinating animals roam the isolated rainforest of Mahale, a chain of dramatic peaks draped in lush vegetation falling to lake Tanganyika’s beaches far below. Visitors are led on guided walking in search of the chimpanzees, following clues such as the previous night’s nests, shadowy clumps high in the trees, or scraps of half-eaten fruit and fresh dung. One found, the chimpanzees preen each other’s glossy coats in effortlessly into the trees, swinging nonchalantly through the vines. The bet time for forest walks in Mahale is during the dry season, from May to October. The light rains of October and November present no real obstacle to visitors.