Sunset

First place photograph by Tim Robson

Bush Tip No.1

Lions tend to hunt at night or in the cooler hours and rest up during the day. So… keep an eye on giraffe. If they are all looking in one direction there is a good chance they are looking at something that might prey on them — lions!

 
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Mahale Mountains

You realise you are in paradise. From the moment you take the handcrafted hardwood Tanganyika Dhow laden with white cushions and a cool box full of beers and Gin and Tonics and cruise down Lake Tanganyika, listening to stories of chimp sightings.

The Lake is crystal clear with vast jungle and mountains jutting out of the waters edge to over 7500 feet.

We hike in the stunning tropical forest that covers the slopes of the mountains. It's home to nine different species of primates, including a group of 100 wild chimpanzees, who've been habituated to human contact. When we've tracked them we sit amongst them, only a few feet away.

Later, we regroup our energies on the soft sand beach, and slip into the waters of the lake. We fish, snorkel, go boating. It is a physical place but strangely undemanding. Perhaps because it seems to have been specially created for great apes: figs, flowers, sun, shade, water.

Expect to experience:

Mahale hippo

Mahale

  • Chimp and primate viewing — 9 species on offer.
  • West African birds.
  • Swim, snorkel, fish and cruise Lake Tanganyika.
  • Stunning vegetation and insect life.
  • Hippo viewing from the dhow.

Facts at a glance

  • Mahale National Park is home to approximately 800 of Africa’s wild chimpanzees.
  • Lake Tanganyika covers 32,900 km˛, with a shoreline of 1,828km, a mean depth of 570m, and a maximum depth of 1,470 m (4,823 ft) it is the second deepest lake in the world.
  • The enormous depth and tropical location of the lake prevent 'turnover' of watermasses, which means that much of the lower depths of the lake are so-called 'fossil water' and are anoxic (lacking oxygen).
  • The lake holds at least 250 species of cichlid fish. Almost all (98%) of the Tanganyikan cichlid species are endemic.

Accommodation

Greystoke camp is paradise. There is nowhere else like it in Africa
Greystoke camp is paradise. There is nowhere else like it in Africa

Greystoke camp