Experience Greystoke Mahale Mountains National Park Safaris
Greystoke Mahale Mountains National Park safaris truly provide a once in a lifetime experience for those travelers who seek unique adventures in secluded areas. Located in western Tanzania, Greystoke Mahale Mountains National Park borders the glistening waters of Lake Tanganyika. The jewel in its crown is that it is home to a population of around 900 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. You will find that just being in their presence is a magical experience. You can watch a short 60 second video of our firsthand experience in Mahale here.
Getting to Greystoke Mahale Mountains & Activities
Mahale Mountains National Park is a paradise filled with exhilarating experiences. Once you arrive at Mahale by bush plane, you will take a motorized boat to get to your amazing property along the shoreline of Lake Tanganyika. At Mahale, guests can experience a diverse range of activities–from close encounters with chimpanzees in their natural habitat, walking safaris, guided hikes to Mount Nkungwe, swimming, fishing, snorkeling and so much more. While not a traditional game drive destination, the uniqueness of the Mahale Mountains National Park experience can best be combined with a traditional safari at Katavi National Park where visitor traffic is low. You can choose to add Mahale as an extension to your safari if you are already visiting the popular national parks in the Northern Safari Circuit (i.e. Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater). Read More >>
The Best Time for Chimpanzee Trekking & Safaris in Greystoke Mahale Mountains
You can visit the park all year round but the best time of year for sightings of large groups of chimpanzees is the dry season (May – October). This also gives you the best view of the vast, serene lake as the sunshine dances on the water and illuminates the fish. Lake Tanganyika is the least polluted freshwater lake in the world and accommodates approximately 1,000 fish species.
If you do visit during the rainy season, though, you may be treated to a dramatic lightning storm over the lake at night.
Lake Tanganyika, Kigoma
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’s 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. You’re also likely to see hippos and crocodiles enjoying the clear, refreshing water, and the bird life is rich and diverse. Along the shores grow oil palms, rice and subsistence crops, and the lake is also used for fishing. With a foothold in Tanzania, Congo, Burundi and Zambia, Lake Tanganyika hosts some important ports, including Bujumbura (Burundi), Kalemi (Congo) and Ujiji and Kigoma (Tanzania).
Get In Touch to Start Planning Your Greystoke Mahale Mountains National Park Safaris
Ready to start planning? Call us at 1-315-805-4040 to speak with your Tanzania safari expert and start planning your unforgettable journey to Africa.Read Less<<
Greystoke Mahale Mountains Chimpanzee Gallery
GREYSTOKE MAHALE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK MAP
Wito Africa's Top Pick - Safari Camp & Lodge in Mahale Mountains Tanzania
This is one of our very favorite settings, between the cool, clear waters of Lake Tanganyika and the striking Mahale Mountains. Exceptionally remote, it really does feel like your own, personal paradise. Built to be eco-friendly and in harmony with the landscape, the six thatched bandas are tucked in amongst the trees at the foot of the forest. They are all en suite, with running water and a boiler that’s lit on request, to save energy. Open-fronted, they offer sweeping views across the serene lake, and you can wander to the headland in the evening for a sundowner by lamplight. Bliss!