Mahale Chimp Trekking – Mahale National Park, Tanzania

Mahale Chimp Trekking – Mahale National Park, Tanzania

Written by Rob Barbour on Tuesday, 23 August 2016. Posted in News from our guides in the field

Tracking the chimpanzees of Mahale is a magical experience.

A journey to the Mahale Mountains, located in the far west of Tanzania on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, adds a remote and mystical destination to any safari.  This links very well to more conventional destinations on northern, southern or western Tanzanian safari circuits.


The main attraction are the habituated chimpanzee troops in the Mahale Mountains - the longest studied group of chimpanzees over four decades.

The trekking can be physically demanding but the rewards of multiple chimp interactions, between males and females and mothers and their young, is hard to beat, all in a pristine natural environment.


After a mornings hike, guests enjoy relaxing on the sandy beaches of Africa's deepest and crystal clear, fresh water lake and can spend the afternoon cruising in traditional dhows for a relaxing sundowner drink, a spot of fishing or a leisurely swim in deeper water - away from the shore and crocodiles and hippos that are sometimes seen. On my last boat cruise we even watched a female hippo and her young at depth from the boat- so clean is the water.


The rustic elegance of Greystoke Mahale Camp offers a true beach and bush experience with beautifully appointed A frame cottages perched on the edge of the beach. Meals are wholesome and nutritious and often feature the catch of the day.

It is a relaxing 'beach in the bush' wilderness experience and the perfect way to finish a safari.


*Best time to travel for a 3-4 nights Mahale experience - May to October 

About the Author

Rob Barbour

Rob Barbour

Rob Barbour was born in Kenya although spend his formative years in Australia. A doctor by trade, Rob served in the Australian Army, most notably as the regimental medical officer to the elite Special Air Service Regiment (SAS). He also spent time on active service with the UN in Western Sahara and the Middle East. Upon leaving the Army in the late 90's, Rob migrated back to Africa. He now resides with his family in Tanzania. Rob's passion for both adventure and the natural world, along with his vast experience, ideally place him to lead expeditions into far flung places in the region. In addition to his role with Epic, Rob also directs a community based safari operation in Eastern Tanzania.


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