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Greystoke Mahale: Interesting Facts
Greystoke Mahale: In depth
Greystoke is located in Mahale Mountain National Park in Western Tanzania on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. To access this remote safari park there are only 2 flights a week from either Ruaha in the south of Tanzania or from Arusha in the north of Tanzania. Mahale works well combining with Katavi National Park, the other safari park in the far west and the flights route through together.
The main lodge area is an iconic image - a huge thatched canopy framed in the middle of the beach with a backdrop of lush rain forest. Most meals are taken in the main building or outside on the beach. There is also a charming sunset bar on the edge of the beach constructed of an old fishing boat.
The 6 bandas are also made from of the same design as the main area, but nestled into the undergrowth at the foothills of the nearby mountains. The rooms are very open, encouraging ‘barefoot luxury’ with wooden walkways to the bathroom and also to the top deck which has a relaxing area with great views out over the lake.
The National Park is famous for the chimpanzees that can be visited in the mountains; clients are allowed to spend 1 hour a day with the chimps. Depending on the season the chimps feed at different altitudes on the mountains, so at certain times of year the days can be quite long to reach the chimps. People come here to visit the chimpanzees, but by all means this is not the only activity you can do, the beautiful lake is great for exploring by Kayak, or following streams up into the hills to hidden waterfalls. The environment boasts excellent bird life and its well worth taking a walk with a guide through the network of jungle tracks. The lake is incredible for swimming as well as snorkelling. As Tanzania safari holidays go, this is about as off the beaten track and special as they come.
Greystoke Mahale: Breaking news
Greystoke Mahale: Monkey hunting
Guests have been enjoying fairly relaxed forest walks on the lower slopes nearby to encounter our hairy cousins lately but as mango stocks in the camp trees are depleted, alternative food sources are being exploited.
With a lack of ripe mangos the red colobus monkeys have become very nervous ... Show me more >
Greystoke Mahale: Pack for a purpose
A Canadian guest recently arrived with a bag full of medicines for the local village clinic at Katumbi just outside Mahale to the north.
Pack for a Purpose is an organisation whose mission is to assist travellers who would like to positively impact communities in the countries they are ... Show me more >
Greystoke Mahale: Lounging Luvlees
Mahales 3 resident warthogs made themselves quite comfortable in the dining area yesterday much to the guests delight! Big Bird was reasonably put out by the fuss made over them and quickly set off making sweeping and soaring flights along the beach demonstrating the best we had taught her so far. ... Show me more >
Greystoke Mahale: Pelican brief
Often upstaging the chimps "Big Bird" continues to be loved by all who visit here. It's not everyday you get to pat a tame pelican! She is extremely tolerant, sweet and possibly a boy, nobody can really say just yet.
"Flight training" commences before breakfast most mornings if wind ... Show me more >
Greystoke Mahale: Where mangos, chimps go
Trees laden with mangos prove irresistible to our hairy neighbours at this time of year and we are being visited regularly in camp by M-group members. Sometimes it's Orion who is sneaking around with Cynthia at the moment on some kind of extended date and avoiding the higher ranked males for fear ... Show me more >
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