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PLACES TO STAY IN MAHALE

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WHERE TO STAY IN MAHALE PARK

AfricanMecca recognizes three different Safari Tiers of Tanzanian nature holiday accommodations in Mahale for combined standards of excellence on such varied parameters as location, including beauty of surroundings, aesthetics and amenities of the accommodation, gastronomy, wildlife population, available activities, and ease of access, versus isolation, privacy, exclusiveness, quality of guiding, relationship with local populations and eco-responsibility. One offsets adventure against comfort to some extent. Standards of cuisine, service, amenities and decor: the luxury factors for a sybaritic safari may be easier to provide in a more accessible venue than in the heart of nowhere. Accordingly, it is necessary to balance uniqueness and excellence in one area against another, to provide a client with the information necessary to choose their personal priorities and preferences. Premium luxury accommodation, Safari Tier 1, offers the attributes of a world-class auberge at Mahale or elsewhere. Rustic opulent, large suites or boutique chalets, superb service, distinctive ambience, outstanding coziness and cuisine, marry with the ultimate safari experience. Transport, guiding standards and range of activities are unique and of superlative quality. Safari Tier 2 in Mahale offers deluxe levels of hospitality, possibly with smaller rooms, a notch down with personalization compared to a Tier 1, slightly less exclusivity, but still a very high quality standard of superb comfort and service. Safari Tier 3 is for the backpacker adventurer on a chimpanzee tour in this part of Tanzania, who is most interested in the primate safari experience and prepared to forego most comfort amenities in the interests of a careful budget.

Within these three tiers, there is also a choice of a camp or a tented lodge in Mahale. Tented camps comprise of canvas walled rooms on a solid platform deck with thatched shading protecting the suite and verandah. Bathrooms are en-suite or on the outdoor decking. Lodges are usually solidly built suites of stone, wood and other permanent locally sourced materials, although, they vary greatly from chalets to bandas and hybrid constructions around a canvas walled interior in Mahale and other parks in Tanzania. The first option is Greystoke Mahale which bases its reputation as a Tier 1 luxury safari lodge on its unbeatable standards of staff and guide training, its ecological soundness, the miracles it has wrought with local materials and in providing an unforgettable East African primate safari experience in an isolated and breathlessly beautiful setting. Six spacious, airy bandas sit far apart, camouflaged in palm groves on the edge of a fairytale mini-lagoon with idyllic silver sand beaches. In this area, which is appallingly difficult to access, Greystoke Mahale solves the problem for you, by accessible bi-weekly air transport and arranging lake boat connections to their amazing main lodge, built in the style of the indigenous Kitongwe people. The second option is Kungwe Beach Lodge (formerly known as Nkungwe Luxury Tented Camp) is a Tier 2 accommodation in its glorious setting offering guests a hybrid canvas-lodge straightforwardness with excellent services, flavorsome cuisine and expert guiding. Accessibility is constrained only by logistical limitations. The backpackers have the budget hostel-like option of staying at the government TANAPA Tier 3 rudimentary quarters at Mahale Mango Tree Bandas.

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  • I had a wonderful time in Tanzania and Kenya and feel that you fulfilled all that you promised me. My expectations for Chimpanzee trekking safari in Mahale Mountains of the trip were high, and I was not disappointed.
    Gary Hoffman - New South Wales, Australia
  • Congratulations, the organisation by AfricanMecca was perfect. As to Mahale we spent 4 memorable days in that beautiful scenery, with plenty of Chimp viewing, a lovable crew and good food. Thanks once again for the top service.
    Danielle and Walter Rohrer - Hoerhausen, Switzerland
  • Dear Raza, We want to thank all the AfricanMecca team and the people who had made possible such an unforgettable honeymoon. Thanks to Nkungwe Beach Lodge (a paradise on earth) for all their attentions in such a remote and beautiful spot.
    Toni & Raquel Salat - Barcelona, Spain
  • I recently returned from a trip to Tanzania with a party of eleven people (Canisius College school group) visiting remote Chimpanzee and Wildlife in Gombe, Mahale, Selous. I am pleased to report that I was entirely satisfied in every respect.
    Dr. Michael Noonan - Professor At Canisius College - New York, United States
  • We saw more than 20 chimpanzees including chimps I've read about -- Freud, Faustino, Wilkie... so amazing. We had an absolutely amazing trip in Arusha, Serengeti and Gombe - everything went smooth as silk. Thank you so much Raza
    Tiffany Heitz & Lesley Smith - California, United States
  • We had a wonderful time on our chimpanzee safari in Mahale Mountains National Park. The services were outstanding. The guides were knowledgeable and led us to several very nice viewing opportunities. Asante sana.
    Dave and Sara Howe - Washington, United States
  • I booked my safari holiday through AfricanMecca. They were the most helpful company I have ever dealt with and I work within the travel industry. I had the most amazing time. The holiday went as clockwork with no hitches anywhere.
    Shelley Roberts - Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom

EAST AFRICA SAFARI TRIP IDEA FOR MAHALE IN WESTERN TANZANIA

When visiting Mahale Mountains National Park by Lake Tanganyika, we recommend combining your safari with a visit to Katavi, Serengeti and Selous. You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas in Northern and Southern Tanzania ending with a beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour in the exotic spice island of Zanzibar.

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GUIDE ON MAHALE PARK
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GUIDE ON MAHALE PARK

Mahale Mountains National Park in western Tanzania is an outstanding African wilderness on many counts. The park is justly famous for over 800 wild chimpanzees, more than any other park in Africa.

SAFARI & TOUR IN MAHALE
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SAFARI & TOUR IN MAHALE

Although Mahale is mainly a base to take part in a chimpanzee safari, there are other activities on offer, from fishing, kayaking, boating, snorkeling to simply chilling out in your own, private Shangri-La

BEST TIME TO VISIT MAHALE
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BEST TIME TO VISIT MAHALE

The best time for a trip to Mahale is in the dry season, which lasts from June to September. The wet season runs from November until April with showers ending in May while October welcomes its arrival.

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