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Mahale Mountains

Mahale really is one of the most unique safari destinations in Africa.  Located in the far west of the country Mahale lies on the shores
of Lake Tanganyika and would stake its claim as one of the most exceptional destinations on the continent.  Mahale is home to the best
chimpanzee viewing in Africa and a host of activities that make this a destination in it own right. This remote national park also has one of
the most beautiful camps anywhere in Africa and a Tanzania safari experience to take your breath away.
When you have been in the industry for as long as we have there are a few places in Africa which are talked about as the very best places on the continent.  The
Schoeman’s Skeleton Coast Safaris, Serra Cafema, Chiawa and Old Mondoro in the Lower Zambezi, Mwaleshi and Kutandala in North Luangwa and Greystoke,
Mahale.  Mahale is not just a chimpanzee destination, Mahale has an absurdly good beach with gin clear waters; and the park itself would stake its claim as one
of the most interesting destinations in Africa.
Greystoke Mahale
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.    

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