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We spent the majority of our time with Godwin our Guide so he is the primary “Best Bit”, but our experiences at the camp wouldn’t have been as magical as they were without the many “heroes” managing the camps. From waking up in the morning to a soft spoken messenger delivering coffee and tea, to the well prepared tents and showers when we arrived back to camp. The food served either at camp or on safari was amazing. The chef and his staff created delicious meals throughout our trip. “Bravo!” ... Ben and his crew were outstanding.
During our time in the crater, Godwin guided us around seeing all areas without “following” the others. The lunch in the crater was delicious and the company of all the birds was an added experience. One of the things on our list of to do’s was to visit a Maasai village, to be able to understand the how and ways that they live - Godwin’s relationship with the villagers and his knowledge allowed us to visit with them and see many aspects of their lives, including the inside of one of the huts. Thanks to all!
Amazing Cheetah and Wildebeest.....
Lawrence and his team did a spectacular job.....there was nothing too much for them....including getting a fire for us after a heavy rain. All of their extra effort was greatly appreciated. John our waiter was amazing! We had an elephant visit us in camp and when we were sitting by the fire - it was a bit "exciting" to say the least. The camp was extremely comfortable and the food was fantastic. The bucket shower was perfectly suitable for the environs we were in. Overall an amazing experience.
There aren't enough words to describe how amazing every part of this place is. The setting, the staff, the beach, the food, the people, and, of course, the chimps, were all incredible. We were lucky enough to visit with only one other guest so our family truly felt like we were staying with family friends. Fabio and Barbara could not have been better hosts and Butati absolutely made this and unforgettable experience for our 13 and 16 year old girls.
We spent 3 days exploring in the forests, learning about and watching the M family of chimps. We learned an incredible amount about their family structure, their habits and personalities. When we "met" them, it was easy to learn who was who by their looks and actions. Butati and the trekkers, along with Raymond, the park ranger, all ensured a safe and memorable trek both times we went.
When not in the forest, we enjoyed an extremely relaxing couple of days on the shore of the most beautiful lake I have ever seen. We played games, watched the local wildlife (in particular, we loved Juliette the resident warthog), went for boat rides and swims in the lake and spent hours talking with the staff.
Our hearts will be forever changed because of our experience in the local village of Katumbi at the end of our visit. The most warm, welcoming people live in this remote place at what feels like the end of the earth. Their generosity of spirit in the face of much adversity (most importantly, lack of running water and limited educational and medical options) is a reminder of how fortunate we are to live as we do. We feel so lucky to have had this time in Mahale.
Spent 3 nights here with my husband and two teenage girls. The staff could not have been more friendly, welcoming and helpful. Dixon and Ben were incredible hosts. And Lisingo was generous to share his Masai village and culture with our family during our stay. The "tents" are fantastic-they have every comfort you could want even though you are "camping. And the views cannot be beat. There is nothing like a sunrise over the crater! We enjoyed our game drive, culture walk, and my daughter loved cooking in the kitchen! Thank you all for an incredibly memorable visit.
The adjective “magical” comes to mind over and over again when attempting to describe glorious Nomad Lamai. Our daughter and son-in-law stayed here a year ago and implored us to visit Lamai—‘if you go to one place, it has to be Lamai…just plan your trip around it’ and ‘it is the best place in the world’—and they were right (they were so right they decided to return again this year when we visited—and we do get it now, yearning to go back).
Nomad’s motto is “Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Wildlife” and it sums up their Tanzanian properties/experiences to a tee: they hire the best managers, guides, chefs, staff and are situated in the most beautiful and unique settings (we also stayed at Nomad Mahale, which was sublime, too). We can’t thank our guide Lazaro and Nomad enough for this trip of a lifetime. And, yes I cried, and my daughter wept as our plane took off.
If there is one place on earth where I could lose my soul, it’s this one. We thought by moments that we were in the garden of Eden. What a beautiful and diversified nature. Almost no tourists as well which is, after Serengeti, very enjoyable. The presence of the Ruaha river makes the whole place even more magic with lots of beautiful birds, hippos and hundreds of elephants. Apparently even 10% of the african lion population lives here. The Kigelia Ruaha camp is set up in the spirit ‘back to the basic’ but in a very pleasant way. As with all Nomad camps, this is an intimate set up with just 7 tents. run by very nice staff and the manager who does a great job. We did a walking safari as well, glad to strectch the legs. For us, Ruaha was the absolute highlight in our trip because of the diversity of landscape and the presence of the Ruaha river.
Kuro Tarangire was our first safari stop right in the middle of Tarangire National Park, very remoted and is a fab location. Our tent was just fabulous with inside and outside (bucket) showers. This camp has an incredible and intimate ambiance. The wildlife watching was of ‘high standard’ too. We were lucky to watch the cheetah and leopards, lots of elephants and buffalos but not to forget the mongoose, foxes, baboons etc etc. All made for a very exciting night safari. I want to thank the whole team of Kuro Tarangire and their manager for the warm and enthousiastic way of running this camp.
My mom especially, as she has idolized Jane Goodall her entire life. We loved it. We LOVE the new managers, and it is truly, truly paradise because of the chimps, the stunning setting, outstanding food and impeccable decor - and again, first and foremost, because of the people who work there. Greystoke is just spectacular, there is nowhere else on earth like it. It looked like we were living inside of a magazine spread, and felt like we were the luckiest people alive to be there. I think the fact that the managers have no background in hospitality, they just loved visiting Greystoke as guests themselves so much that they left their jobs and lives in Germany to come live there and manage it, speaks to how special a place it is. (And for having no experience in the hospitality industry, they were some of the greatest managers we've ever had the pleasure of staying with, Nomad is lucky to have them. They fit within the Nomad brand and raised the bar for Nomad properties! And Lamai is a tough act to follow! We just adored them.) We also felt like the luckiest guests in the world to have Mwiga as our guide, who had worked at Greystoke for over 2 decades (24 years I think?), and whose uncle had originally helped habituate the chimps. He was beyond knowledgeable, hilarious and kind. And told the greatest stories!
Greystorke Mahale is perhaps the most beautiful place i've ever been! I've stayed at several of Nomad Tanzania properties (all which were incredible) but this was by far their crown jewel.
If you like being in very remote places, where your closest neighbors are literally a group of Chimpanzee....you love it here too!
I spent a whole 7 nights here. Most take the 3 or 4 night option as that's how small plane flights work out. It combines well with a traditional safari camp called Chada Katavi. It's a long journey across Tanzania by plane and then boat to get here but completely worth it. You are met by a very charming host, taking care of every guest's needs. The chalets are simple but not without comfort or rustic luxury. All have stunning views of the lake that look across onto the Congo. The sunsets are ridiculously beautiful here and especially from the bar area.
Naturally the best part of Mahale are the Chimpanzees. I went in November, the slight off season. It did rain quite a bit but with todays weather patterns you really never know. It didn't stop us from trekking up the mountain and having the most personal and close up experiences with a the M group Chimps. I was left speechless! My guide Butati has now turned into a lifelong friend and made this visit beyond special. His knowledge and pure love for these animals enhanced the whole experience. The whole staff were just terrific. There is no place like this. Remote, beautiful and authentic.
I loved every minute in Mahale and hope somehow I can make it back again soon! Thank you Greystoke and Nomad Tanzania
We stayed for 4 nights with Nomad's Serengeti Safari Camp in mid-Jan ( the quiet season). This was only one of our stops out of 5 countries but was the best and most memorable by far. The team and the philosophy of the camp manager meant that they always exceeded your expectation with the friendly, helpful and professional team. The accommodation was very luxurious from the big comfortable beds to the bucket showers (better than most hotels). We will be back.