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Greystoke Mahale

The Original Mahale Camp

Greystoke Mahale is nestled on a white sand beach in Lake Tanganyika. Towering behind the lodge are the Mahale Mountains, home to one of the largest known populations of wild Chimpanzees left on our planet.

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Mon, Jan 29, 2018

Mahale’s Game Of Thrones

During the last weeks there have been some interesting movements within the ranks of the M-Community. Primus, who has been the Alpha male since 2012, had to defend his position as leader against some of the younger males.

By the end of December our guests together with our guide Mwiga witnessed Christmas moving up the ranks, pushing Orion down and securing his position as the second male in the group. Soon after that, Christmas convinced four other males to challenge Primus, not being successful as Fanana decided in the last moment to change sides and be loyal to Primus. We were surprised by Christmas' ambition, shortly after having taken Orion's position aiming to become the Alpha male.

And it is not only Christmas reaching out to take over from Primus. Teddy, at the age of only 17, is gaining strength and has become very popular within the M-Community. He is very smart and especially the females do like him (he is also known as “the handsome chimp”). Our guides, who spent a lot of time with the chimps and know them so well, are definitely considering Teddy a candidate for becoming the next Alpha Male, despite his young age. 

Only a few days ago, our guests witnessed Teddy and Darwin attacking Primus and beating him up seriously. Primus managed to escape without losing his position, however during the last days haven’t been seen with the group, probably to recover from the assault. He knows that if he has a weak moment, the other males will sense the opportunity and he would be in serious danger of being pushed down from his throne. Also during the last days, Teddy has been seen walking with a large group of chimps, acting as their leader. Does this mean he is close to take over from Primus? And what about Christams, will he be satisfied being number two or is he still aiming at the position as Alpha male? Exciting times in Mahale, we are eager to know how the story will continue...


Wed, Jan 3, 2018

The Mahale Soundtrack

I was just about to sit down and tell you all about how we celebrated New Year’s Eve here at Greystoke Mahale with the latest group of truly wonderful guests we waved goodbye this morning. Yet before, I took a moment to look at their comments in our guest book… and what I found is so absolutely brilliant that I decided there are no better words for 2018’s first chapter:

I AM A CHIMPTREKKER

FOLLOWING KING MAKERS

USING THESE BUSH WACKERS

TO CUT PATHS FOR SPECTATORS

NOMADS THE CLAN

M GROUPS THE FAM

MAHALE “FIVING” OUR WAY TO

THE HEARTS OF FANS

OOO OOO AH AH

THAT IS THE CALL

DON’T FREAKING OUT

WHEN THESE CHIMPS COME CLOSER TO YA’LL
 

LED BY PRIMUS

DON’T GET IT TWISTED

THIS CAMP IS BETTER THAN ANY

GORILLA MISTED!

YOU FEELING FANCY

AND FANCY A HADSY WITH CHIMPANZEES

EVEN THOSE IN IN-FANCY ARE SWEETER THAN

TANZANIAN CANDIES!
 

OO AHS THE CALL

KARIBUNI TO YA’LL

KWAHERI MY FRIENDS

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN TO PASS ON THE BALL…

A huge thank you to the lovely Jenn and Brandon for these wonderful words, and to Kenneth for capturing this twisted little guy smile

The New Year is no blank page anymore and a lot more memories are about to be created. We are looking forward with a lot of excitement to everything that is about to come. On behalf of the entire Greystoke family we are sending our very best wishes to all of you and hope you have a magical and peaceful New Year!

Barbara and Fabio


Fri, Dec 15, 2017

New beginnings

We welcome a new couple to the shores of Mahale, and look forward to a whole new chapter of adventures with Fabio and Barbara. Here is a little from the new Greystoke camp managers. 

"A new life... I don’t believe in magic and yet there is something so special about this place that makes you think again. In 2014 we travelled to Greystoke Mahale for the first time and our lives changed. Since then we have been coming back year after year, and this time we are here to stay. For the last three weeks we have been busy finding our feet on this white sandy beach we now call home on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, and settling into our new roles as camp managers.

It is good manners when moving into a new place to greet your neighbours, and that is just what we did. We started at the top and paid our respects to Primus the alpha male, we then popped over to see the baby vervet, and finished with the youngsters who have grown considerably since our last visit. We have found a new family with this fantastic team in camp and we are already building friendships with all the resident creatures around.

We are so excited to share our adventures with you all and create new memories with everyone who comes to visit us and get a taste of the Mahale magic.

Barbara & Fabio, Greystoke Mahale


Mon, Dec 4, 2017

Goodbyes at Greystoke

Greystoke Mahale says goodbye to its beloved camp manager, Julien, as he migrates to our Sand Rivers camp in the Selous.

Some heartfelt parting words…


The time has come for me to leave this wonderland that is Greystoke Mahale, and has been my home for two magical years. Nature, the pan-hooding of the chimps, my super-extraordinary-loving staff, guests who become friends, the fish and creatures of the Lake… oh my …I can hardly believe my turn has come and I am really leaving Greystoke Mahale! A two year long love affair, I will forever be grateful to Greystoke Mahale, I gave you my heart and soul and you gave me yours right back. THANK YOU! 


Thank you Primus, our Alpha Male, let your reign be long King of the Forest! Take care of the M-Community, take care of your wonderful family, you all legends of the great apes, keep pan-hooding, pan-grounding, pan-smacking, pan-everything.


Thank you little boy, keep playing in the trees, hanging to your mother, discovering the forest, and eating fresh fruits.


Thank you princess Juliette and Georgette, you fatty girls, what a joy when you are hanging around the main area, begging for attention and love.


Thank you my darling Joey. Take care of baby Vervet, I will so miss your visits to my office my dear ;)


Thank you buddy Big Bird. You left too early and we miss you everyday when out on the water. Fly high my friend.


And of course thank you to my amaaaaaaaazing staff! The A-Team, the Dream Staff, the Rocking Staff, for sure I was the luckiest manager ever! You will always be in my heart.


Putting this down into words is one of the hardest things I have had to do - Goodbye my Greystoke Mahale, I will always love you. 

Julien ;)


Thu, Oct 26, 2017

Our Giant Pangolin Sighting

Today I would like to present to you one of the most extraordinary sightings in our Greystoke Mahale history. On a typical day in Greystoke, our guides set off chimp trekking with guests from camp. But not far into their journey, the group came across a giant pangolin. The giant pangolin is even more rare than the ground pangolins that are found across the Savannah, lucky folk who get even this once in a lifetime encounter. 

I tell you this have been one of my life goals and for years I have been trying to catch sight of these elusive creatures. I have even resorted to a camera trap, but still never had any luck. So you can imagine my delight to be told that one has been spotted not far from camp by our guests, but also my horror as I wasn't there to witness it with my own eyes, as I was holding the fort back at camp. It seems these creatures will continue to haunt me, but at least now I know that they are out there and I will keep looking out for them. So my plight continues. 


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