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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: A wave of generosity on lake Tanganyika
Several groups have brought into Greystoke vital medicines for our local community lately. It has been good news for Nurse Elizabeth and the many patients she attends to.
Yesterday Gwekulo was re-united with the wet stuff that makes up Lake Tanganyika. We recruited anybody who happened to be near the Mahale mountains at the time to help in the effort to re-float her. It is comforting to know how many people you can summon in times of need here.
Since staff here and guests combined got our large feathered friend airborne last season, our main focus here for the new season when we aren't ensuring guests are happy is to get BigBird catching his own fish.
Greystoke managers Kerrie and Jeff were flown back to camp a few days ago in a very old plane. With Captain John at the controls we touched down smoothly but dramatically over the mountains into Katumbi airstrip.
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