Explore the Greystoke Mahale Mountains National Park Safaris from the perspectives of our Safari Experts and Professional Topnotch Guides
August 31, 2019 by Wito Africa Safaris Ltd.
Truly, planning Greystoke Mahale Mountains National Park safaris give us thrills! You will soon understand why we get these goose bumps, but for now let us give you a little orientation to this beautiful heaven on earth. Located in western Tanzania, Mahale borders the glistening waters of Lake Tanganyika.
Forming the border between Tanzania and Congo, Lake Tanganyika is the world’s longest freshwater lake (660 km), and the deepest in Africa (over 1,436 m). It is also estimated to be between 9 and 13 million years old and is home to a huge volume of fish species. This, and the fact that it is the least polluted freshwater lake in the world, makes it an exceptional snorkeling and diving destination, if the mood takes you. Among its estimated 1,000 fish species, Tanganyika harbors 98% of the 250-plus species of cichlids, so you can expect a bright and vibrant underwater spectacle.
How to get to Mahale National Park Tanzania
The flights to Greystoke Mahale are available twiceweekly from Arusha Airport, with scheduled departures on Mondays and Thursdays. While most our guests like to combine chimpanzee trekking with a private guided tour to Katavi National Park, we can also easily organize a flight for you from the Serengeti after your exciting adventures of the northern safari circuit.
Chimpanzee Trekking at Mahale Mountains National Park
The jewel in its crown is that it is home to a population of around 900-1000 wild chimpanzees – some of the last of their kind in Africa. They are well accustomed to human visitors, thanks to a Japanese research project founded in the 1960s, and you will find that just being in their presence is a truly magical experience.
When to Go& Where to Stay:
Mahale is certainly amazing during the dry season (June – October) because chimps are feeding on the lower slopes and you will be rewarded with the best light for photography and close encounters. For a better chimp trekking experience, it is better if you are there in the early part of the dry season, just before everything dries out and the air becomes thick with haze. Having said that, our team has also been there during the green season and it was still a superb experience. The chimps were still in the lower slopes however, we did not have good light for photography.
We stayed at Greystoke Mahale(one of the most iconic camps in Africa) and it was lovely. The staff and food were amazing. The guides were very knowledgeable (we are very close friends with some of the guides there) and they knew the whereabouts of all the chimp groups so we did not trek for a very long time until we were able to see them. Amongst the groups we encountered was a strong female leader called Fatuma, she came so close to us and it was such a remarkable experience for us. Other than chimp trekking, we did a boat cruise (on crystal clear waters of Lake Tanganyika), fishing and nature walking which was also very nice.
Other Wildlife - While Mahale Mountains National Park is renowned for its habituated chimps, many other larger mammals are still present in the region. These include giraffe, buffalo, lion, leopard, and zebra, just to mention a few. The region also provides natural habitat for a variety of monkeys, porcupine, beautiful forest birds, and the rate sable antelope.
Get Expert Advice, Plan Your Unforgettable Chimp Trekking with Wito Africa Safaris - If you are planning a chimpanzee trekking experience and interested to know more details about our Greystoke Mahale Mountains National Park safaris, please visit our website (witoafricasafaris.com) and call us at 1-315-805-4040.