Lake Tanganyika National Park

Both Mahale Mountains and Gombe adjoin Lake Tanganyika, the world’s longest lake (446 miles/714 km) and second deepest, going down an astonishing 4,700 feet (1,433 m)—one of the richest water habitats in the world. More than 250 fish species live in its clear waters, of which 200 are cichlids, most of them endemic, which have evolved in presence of a subspecies of Nile perch known as lake salmon. Kigoma on Lake Tanganyika is jumping-off place for bothGombe Stream and Mahale Mountains. (Ujiji, just south, is where Stanley said “Dr. Livingstone, I presume.”)

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