2018/02/28 to 2018/03/05

Mahale Chimps 2018



Tour Dates

28 February 2018 - 5 March 2018 1 Single or 2 Sharing available


This leg of the tour is offered as an extension and promises to dovetail beautifully with the Serengeti. If not done as a extension on the Serengeti tour, day 1 will be the 28th of February, the day you fly the day you arrive at Legendary Lodge, on day 2 you will fly to Mahale. If you require accommodation for the night before C4 can easily arrange this for you. Our camp in Mahale is heralded as having the most spectacular setting of any camp in Africa! It is situated on the remote eastern shore of lake Tanganyika and not far south from where Stanley met Livingstone and uttered the understatement of the century and those famous words: “Dr Livingstone, I presume”. Lake Tanganyika is a spectacular lake and the 2nd deepest in the world. Looking across to the other side on a clear day you will see the DRC.

Behind our camp one finds the Mahale Mountains which contain free and wild Chimpanzee populations. Chimps are our closest living relatives and this is a photographic experience that you will never forget. The Chimps are tracked on foot and spending time with these special primates is a real treat, both as an observer and as a photographer. Mahale is the only camp inside a National Park and the chimp population has been researched since the 1960’s, hence the chimp’s relaxed nature around humans which provides for excellent photographic opportunities. A moderate fitness level is required so don’t let this once in a lifetime opportunity pass you by not having walked a bit before the tour.

A moderate fitness level is required so don’t let this once in a lifetime opportunity pass you by not having walked a bit before the tour.

 

About your host, Greg du Toit

In a world populated with excellent wildlife and nature photographers, some stand a little to the side with their own view and a completely different style of imagery. When those images take the world by storm, with exhibitions in the National geographic Store, London and in Conneticut, USA, people start to take notice.

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Day 1

Legendary Lodge, Tanzania

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, Arusha, Tanzania. You will be met by a Legendary Lodge representative and who will transfer you to Legendary Lodge for your one night stay. Legendary Lodge is set within a large coffee plantation and close to Arusha town.

 

Day 2 - 6

Greystoke Mahale, Tanzania

Flight transfer from Arusha Airport to Mahale National Park. Upon arrival at the airstrip you will be transferred via boat across Lake Tanganyika to your camp for your 4 nights stay.

Our camp in Mahale is heralded as having the most spectacular setting of any camp in Africa! It is situated on the remote eastern shore of lake Tanganyika and not far south from where Stanley met Livingstone and uttered the understatement of the century and those famous words: “Dr Livingstone, I presume”. Lake Tanganyika is a spectacular lake and the 2nd deepest in the world. Looking across to the other side on a clear day you will see the DRC. Behind our camp one finds the Mahale Mountains which contain free and wild Chimpanzee populations. Chimps are our closest living relatives and this is a photographic experience that you will never forget. The Chimps are tracked on foot and spending time with these special primates is a real treat, both as an observer and as a photographer. Mahale is the only camp inside a National Park and the chimp population has been researched since the 1960’s, hence the chimp’s relaxed nature around humans which provides for excellent photographic opportunities.

 

 

On a far-flung beach along the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika , below a huge story-book tropical forest, lies the tiny sanctuary of Greystoke Mahale. The water is as clear as gin, the air scented and the living is very easy indeed. The forested slopes of the Mahale Mountains rise behind camp, home to the world’s largest known population of chimpanzees, with approximately 1000 individuals inhabiting the national park. Each day you can venture out into the forest, to observe and commune with these, our closest relatives, as they groom , wrestle and forage across the leafy floor.

Your home at Greystoke Mahale is in wildly exotic wooden bandas looking out across the soft sand beach, with interiors fashioned from dhow timber. The six bandas are open fronted, with dressing rooms, adjoining bathrooms accessible via a short board walk with flush toilets and powerful showers, and upstairs chill-out decks; designed with flair, generosity and passion for the most demanding castaway.

The forest itself is special, with eight other species of primate, shyer forest mammals, birds, butterflies, giant vines and waterfalls. And if a day’s ‘chimping’ isn’t enough, you can take gentle forest hikes, fish (there are over 250 species of cichlid in the lake) or kayak along the lake shore. You can have private barefoot dinners on the beach, or get friendly in the wildly thatched mess, complete with library and upstairs viewing decks. For some evening pizazz, there’s the bar of all bars on the rocks of the headland, with fresh sashimi and iced vodka, and a view out west across the mighty waters of the lake.


Day 6

Departure, Tanzania

Boat transfer from camp to the airstrip for your flight transfer back to Arusha to connect to the Serengeti Photo Safari.

 

Legendary Lodge

Built in the early 1900s, a beautiful tropical garden with fragrant frangipani, surrounds the main house where lavender, Jacaranda and Cordia African snow blossoms blanket the ground. The interiors of this fashionable lodge encompass a lounge with imported leather seating and cozy fireplace that flow into a formal dinning room and open-air terrace dinning area. The linen dressed bed and tranquil bath with Italian fixtures that accompany the expansive vanity and large soaking tub, evokes the English luxury experience.