Mahale Mountains National Park: Africa's chimpanzee sanctuary
Some of the last few remaining wild chimpanzees in the world call Tanzania's Mahale Mountains National Park home. Made famous by Jane Goodall, this region's chimpanzee population is among the most studied in the realm of biology, making the park a perfect place for the burgeoning naturalist in your family.
The best time to visit the area is from mid-May to mid-October, when the weather is typically dry and chimpanzees are more likely to be seen in large groups. These warm months provide picture-perfect conditions throughout the park, and you can point out all of the animals you know to your kids. Even during the rainy season, the park lights up with spectacular lightning shows that people on Tanzania safaris can see from the safety of their accommodations.
There are 82 catalogued mammal species living in the forests, including the chimpanzee, lions, zebras, giraffes and antelopes. There's nothing quite like seeing a chimpanzee as it looks you straight in the eye with a profound sense of understanding. Their gaze seems to pierce straight through you - an experience you won't get anywhere but on a safari in Tanzania.