Greystoke Mahale

Reviews of Greystoke Mahale

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Below are independent comments from 33 of our travellers who have visited Greystoke Mahale, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr P. from Sai Kung
Arrived on: 30-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Greystoke Mahale review

A great experience tracking the chimpanzees through the forest - quite remarkable

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Mr & Mrs K - Guildford
Arrived on: 19-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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The Chimpanze Safari !

The one reason to go to Mahale is trekking with the Chimps. It's a journey to get there but so very worthwhile...........a unique experience.

The camp on the shores of Lake Tanganika is excellent, Thai style bandas open at the front with views over the beach to the lake..............very comfortable indeed. The treks can be hard but the opportunity to visit with the Chimps in their own habitat and see their behaviour is something you will never do otherwise. We swam in the Lake, experienced an earthquake at breakfast and just loved it all.

The camp is amazing, lovely open fronted bandas, great food, lovely staff, and a great manager in Julien. We just had a great house party.

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Dr A. from London
Arrived on: 16-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Considering the location the food and service was excellent.

The guides were extremely knowledgable and the ethos of betterment of the staff was very good.

A ranger borrowed my bird book on a boat trip and was improving his knowledge studying it and asking questions.

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W Party - from Chorleywood
Arrived on: 16-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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wonderful lodge in beautiful location

Can't praise highly enough. The camp is in a beautiful, remote location and has a welcoming, friendly feel, which is made possible by the excellent staff from the management down.

The guides, Butati and Mateus were both superb. Knowledgeable and helpful, spoke very good English and had great sense of humour.

The chimp viewing was unbelievable and exceeded all our expectations! It was enhanced by the detailed information of the family history of the chimps and the enthusiasm of the staff.

We would have liked to stay longer as three nights are not enough to enjoy all the facilities of the camp.

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Mr & Mrs R - Aberdeen
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Magical chimp encounters

When we saw Greystoke, after a pleasant boat trip with an enjoyable picnic, we were delighted. The main rustic banda on a large sandy beach is definitely a show stopper. Our room was very pleasant again in a similar Robinson Crusoe fashion but there was a long walk to the en suite bathroom. The staff were all pleasant and the service good.

We preferred the one night when we had pre- dinner drinks around a fire on the beach to having them in the very dark bar at the side of the beach. This bar was pleasant during daylight but in our opinion was to dark with no view for pre dinner drinks, The stars of these occasions were the two excellent guides Mwiga and Butati who told hilarious stories about the chimps and previous encounters.

The meals in the restaurant where great where the star of this show was the camp Manager Julian who held center stage with his stories and experiences. These were amusing if slightly over the top, but it was not the normal guests chatting and sharing their experiences.

The afternoon boat trips were great fun with deep water swimming in the warm lake and fishing. Marcia again showed her fishing expertise as she caught four times as many fish as Mike. We had the fish as sashimi for a bar snack prior to dinner.

The real magic of our stay at Mahali were the chimps. We were in a party of four guests, the excellent guide Mwiga and a very pleasant, helpful and knowledgeable park ranger Hussain. We had great chimp sightings on the first two days and watched a big group playing, grooming and fighting on our first two treks. The hour we were allowed to view them each day flew past.One of the amusing highlights was when one of the chimps decided to sit with us when we were watching a group of other chimps playing. The treks were quire challenging especially the second day when we went right off path to be with the chimps and we were grateful to Hussain who helped Mike on the steeper bits .

On the third day the trackers struggled to find the chimps but we went on a less challenging trek and were rewarded with a sighting of a red tail monkey, excellent sightings of red Colubus monkeys plus numerous birds and other small species

Mahali was not an easy place to get to but it was definitely worth the travel to have a magical experience

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Martina from Klosterneuburg
Arrived on: 6-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Face to Face with the Chimps

To begin with a critical comment, an important fact is certainly not stressed, maybe not even mentioned in the descriptions of this place: as we were told by our guides (very good and very competent !!) it depends on the time of year how far up into the mountains you have to climb in order to meet the chimps.

However, we were lucky (and as amatter of fact fit) enough to make it to the chimps ( all in all a five and a half hours walk ) and we were very well rewarded !!! Meeting them up there in a rather unaccessable mountainous area was certainly one of the highlights of this whole trip !!

Julian, the manager of the place, tried hard to be a good host - he could, however, spread his attention more evenly to all members of the party. Guests from other parts of the world should be as well cared for as people from Australia......

The staff seemed not as well trained and not as ambitious as in the other places we visited.

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Mr and Mrs L. from Sweden
Arrived on: 27-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A dream location - Greystoke

We finally got to Mahale National Park and the lovely Greystoke Camp with lake Tanganyika at our footstep. The camp has been described as a dream location and to large extent it was. Isolated own bungalows overlooking the lake and with all you need for a very relaxing and enjoyable break.

The highlight was of course the chimp trekking which we did twice, both times reminding us that it is not always easy to find the chimps. The plan was at breakfast around 08.00, we would know from our guides where the chimps were and then we would head out. The practice was that on day one we went out after lunch and on day two around 10.30 only proving that chimps tend to be further away from the camp during the rainy season. Anyway we saw chimps both day, in the trees or on the ground. The walking took about an hour, mostly in rainy conditions.

The camp manager (Julian) was very entertaining and the staff was simply excellent in providing service and caring for the guests. Being at the lake we took a boat out and jumped in 25 degree crystal clear water and afterwards did some fishing (which we had for dinner the same evening). The sunset and evening skies, one day with a distant thunderstorm was magical.

The food was good, nothing to complain about but nothing to be overly positive about either.

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Mrs C. from London
Arrived on: 25-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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perfect

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Mr & Mrs G from East Sussex
Arrived on: 21-Jul-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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wonderful

This place has to be heaven on earth. Just wonderful in every way.

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Mr A. from Great Falls
Arrived on: 30-Jun-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Greystoke Mahale review

I was a bit worried coming to Greystoke Mahale. It seemed so amazing in its descriptions I was afraid it would be a bit of a letdown. Rest assured it lived up to expectations.

We had three chimp treks. The first was a bit quiet, but the other two progressed nicely. Chimp trekking is a bit more hit and miss than, say, a gorilla trek, as the chimps don't stay in a tight group.

Out guide Mateus was top-notch, very conscience and extremely knowledgeable. And eating freshly caught sashimi was not something I expected on an African Safari.

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