I fell in love with travel as a child - first on camping weekends and road trips - then eventually far away destinations by air. I didn't leave North America for the first time until I was 20, but since then have visited more than 35 countries, including 12 in Africa...
Written on: January 04, 2016
I visited in December 2010
One of my favorite spots in Tanzania, this park is a bit of a slog to get to (on light aircraft via Tabora and Katavi, then by dhow on Lake Tanganyika), but totally worth the journey. Probably the best chimp trekking experience I've had on the continent, and a fantastic overall experience to boot.
The chimp trekking is somewhat strenuous (it's called Mahale *Mountains* National Park), but if you're fit, it's quite enjoyable, albeit HOT. The jungle is fascinating in its own right (with fascinating insects, as well as other primates such as colobus monkeys), but the time with the chimps is absolutely incredible. Overall, I think gorilla trekking is tops for primates in Africa, but this is a close second.
We stayed at Greystoke Mahale on the shores of the lake. The chalets look like they came out of the pages of Robinson Crusoe and are fun, funky and comfortable. One night there was a roiling storm that came from DRC, and we got to listen to waves crashing into the beach while watching one hell of a light show - just an added bonus to our stay.
The beach is also nice and while swimming has risks (crocs and hippos live in the lake), puttering around the shallow water with snorkel gear is nice and a good way to cool off on a hot day.
This is also home to the very best sushi I've ever had. A few times a week, the camp has permission to fish, and they come back with kuhe, which is then made into sashimi, sushi and later, dinner. Out-of-this world!
All in all, it's a very unique, very special place. I'd go back in a heartbeat.
Written on: May 27, 2013
| Visited: Dec 2011.
Deep inside Tanzania, along the shore of lake tanganyika, lies Mahale National Park. A park famed for "chimping". A bit interior and expensive to visit, our stay was at the greystoke mahale lodge, which is set in the park. From the mahale airstrip the lodge is only accessible by boat on the beautiful lake tanganyika. After an hour of amazing scenery during the boat...