BEST TIME TO VISIT MAHALE FOR A WESTERN TANZANIA SAFARI
The sequential wet season runs from November until April, and is hotter and more humid, necessitating precautions against both mosquitoes and tsetse flies. You may wish to bring anti-insect sprays and malaria prophylactics. Avoid dark colored or blue clothes which attract the tsetse fly. Temperatures range from 68 F (20 C) to 82 F (28 C) degrees in the wet. Humidity can often be over 80%.
Chimpanzees do not range far in these conditions, but tend to stick to the upper slopes where they find food, even hunting their cousins, the red colobus to indulge in their omnivorous tastes. Particularly heavy rains make the lower slopes slippery and very muddy. The chimps find that going higher up is easier in the wet. Mbali Mbali Mahale Lodge is closed from late-February until mid-May while Greystoke closes a month later and opens in June since logistics become exceedingly difficult since the terrain of Mahale is treacherous during these months.
Since these twin accommodations close at this time of year, it makes it very difficult to find somewhere to stay. There is some financial advantage to mid-season visits as accommodation costs slightly drops; however, logistical travel is prohibitively costly and time-consuming as the peak season.
It is never easy to find accommodation at any time, although, even at high season, there are rarely more than 50 visitors at a time in the entire 1613 square kilometers (623 sq. miles) of land covered by Mahale National Park. Less than 100 sq. km (38 sq. miles) of the park is aquatic. Peak time for bird-watchers is between November and April when dauntless twitchers try to spot new species.
The recorded list names more than 355 indigenous and migrant birds, but it is thought there may be more than 500 species throughout the many diverse environments – mostly inaccessible. Many are endangered sub-species endemic to the area. There is better visibility in Kabezi in the north where the woodland is open, rather than forested areas where it is harder to spot the birds which may be identified only by their calls.
But you could truly call this authentic exploratory vacation in Tanzania a genuine voyage of discovery (read more on where to stay in Mahale). This is also the time to appreciate over 300 butterfly species and some of over a thousand plants, again with every chance of finding as many again that have not previously been recorded. Many of them are on the verge of extinction and need to be found, identified and protected, but, of course, it is strictly forbidden to take anything away, except photographs.
Also accessible during both dry and wet season is a chance to see over 400 varied species of tropical fishes and other colorful sea life during your snorkeling excursion though take on the ground advice from your safari accommodation and your own intuition as hippos and crocodiles do exists in certain parts of the longest, deepest, and oldest lake in Africa – the mighty Tanganyika.
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WHERE TO STAY IN MAHALE
The first option is Greystoke which bases its reputation as a Tier 1 luxury lodge on its rustic standards. Second is Mbali Mbali Mahale Lodge, set at deluxe Tier 2, offers a hybrid canvas-lodge experience.
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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
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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.
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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 BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR MAHALE IN WESTERN TANZANIA
When visiting Mahale Mountains National Park by Lake Tanganyika, we recommend combining it with your Northern Tanzania safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti (wildebeest migration). End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.
You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Nyerere (Selous), Ruaha or Katavi.
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