It's no exaggeration to say THERE'S nowhere in the world like Greystoke Mahale. Greystoke Mahale sits on a pristine, white sandy beach overlooking the turquoise water of Lake Tanganyika, with the forested slopes of the 8000 ft Mahale Mountains rising behind. We share the mountains and the lake with so many animals, but it's the chimps that inspire us; hard not to compare their daily lives, their movements, feeding, squabbling, foraging and grooming, with our own.
The CampGreystoke Mahale has just 6 wood and thatch bandas set on the edge of the forest line at the base of the mountains.
The CampEach one has an en-suite bathroom - accessible by a short boardwalk - with hot and cold running water, strong showers and flush toilets. Dressing room and upstairs chill-out deck.
SurroundingsDine in the main mess banda on the beach and enjoy sundowners in the bar on the rocks at the end of the beach.
The ChimpsTime spent with the chimps is time away from everything else that is ordinary. We've watched, over the years, as families have grown, alpha males have come and gone, bonds and friendships have been created and then broken, and then created again. They are not so different from us.
Being activeHike the forest paths looking for birds and butterflies, as well as the other shy mammals who quietly live there. Swim in ice-cold pools up in the mountain waterfalls, take a kayak out for a dawn paddle towards the middle of the lake; drink your morning coffee there and enjoy the sunrise coming up over the mountains.
Season: All year round
Airport: Arusha airport (ARK)
Duration: 4 nights or as long as you wish, combine with safari.
Included in the price: Activities, full board accommodation, drinks & laundry but exclude park fees and flights - we help you organize this.
Since inception this camp whis is part of a group of camps, has invetsted in local people and conservation as an integral part of their operation. The tourism industry depends on the preservation of Africa's wild places, so it makes good business sense to look after it.
Car & guide: For many years now the camps has been providing their Tanzanian guides with micro-finance loans to buy their own safari vehicles. We they hire the guides and their cars, allowing them to earn double.
Opportunities & Recruitment from within: Central to their core business is the wish to see employees do the best they can for themselves. Many of the top guides started out as waiters or room stewards, and they continue to look for ways of giving everyone opportunities to realise their own ambitions within the company. The camps are especially proud of Emmanuel, the bike messenger, who is now competing at the Tanzanian National Cycling events and doing exceptionally well. His employment with the camps affords him better food which has made a huge difference to his performance. He also gets loads of practice on the job!
Training: The camps has had the possibly to the most continuous and rigorous guide training program in Tanzania. Each year, both old and new guides come together to advance their knowledge through a series of modules and practical examination run by experts in the field. This not only includes wildlife skills and bushcraft, but photography, general knowledge and basic hospitality skills to make them amongst the best in the African safari industry. They are truly proud of our guides, and all people working there, and they wouldn't be what they are without them.
Concession fees: Nduara Loliondo is a Maasai community area, and important buffer zone bordering the Serengeti National Park. As part of the wider Serengeti eco-system, it’s critical that wildlife can move unhindered through the area, but the Maasai communities don’t benefit at all from the great visitor numbers into the Serengeti. The concession fees allow the Maasai to benefit from tourism, and create an incentive to look after the game that passes through.
Eco-loos: Many guests are blissfully unaware of the difficulty of obtaining water in certain remote areas of Tanzania. In some of the places we operate, water bowsers must travel 80km each day to fetch enough water just for showers. To reduce the burden on our sensitive habitat, one has chosen to adopt eco-toilets that use a minimum amount of water and environmentally sound digestors while still ensuring the comfort of guests.
Home-grown veggies: In the wild Mahale Mountains, there is a 24 hour ferry journey from the nearest town (or a 4 hour flight), where most of the camp food comes from. Through the Nomad Trust, they have set up a community vegetable garden a little closer to home, which now supplies a great proportion of the fresh veg we use, and provides a valuable local income.
Getting involved: We don't operate in a vacuum and as a company, we take a keen interest in what is going on throughout Tanzania and Africa. We are actively involved in our national organisations that work towards better governance of wildlife and natural resources, and are strong advocates for responsible tourism wherever our voice can be heard.
Supporting worthwhile projects: In addition to the Nomad Trust, we contribute to various organisations that are doing wonderful work around Tanzania. Most of the furniture in Lamai, for example, was made by a company that has been training up former street kids as expert carpenters.
Travel ethics: Show respect for the religion and culture.
Visa: Visa to Tanzania
Time zone: GMT + 3
Vaccinations: Vaccinations for Tanzania
Packing: Sunglasses, sun hat, sunscreen, swimmers, bush colored clothing for trekking in the forest, long sleeves and trousers, good walking shoes.
Local Currency: Tanzanian Shilling
Weather Arusha: Weather
Mobile networks and email: Mobile networks works ok.
Water: Buy bottled water, make sure that the bottles end up in the waste sorting.
Safety: This is considered as a safe place for tourists.
More information at: Travel tips Tanzania
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