2017/03/08 to 2017/03/13

Mahale Chimps 8-13 March 2017

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 9th of March, the day you 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. 

 

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

International Departures to Moshi- Kilimanjaro Airport. From here you will transfer (20 min) to the Legendary Lodge where you will overnight. If you are doing the Mahale extension prior to this trip you will not spend this night in Arusha, you will fly directly from Mahale to Kusini Camp on the 13th of March.

 

 

Day 2 - 6

Greystoke Mahale, Tanzania

Departure from Legendary Lodge via an earlier morning flight transfer and travel to Greystoke lodge in Mahale for 4 nights.

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.