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.
Season has started in Mahale and for the last month our chimpanzees have remained quite high up in the mountains. But now the hunt is on, and they are venturing further down in search of food. Unlike gorillas, chimps do eat meat. This can take guests by surprise, especially if they are lucky enough to witness this firsthand, but they are equally awed at how dynamic and exciting an event it is for the group.
They hunt their prey, the Red-Colobus Monkey, as a cohort of chimps, working together for the kill. The sharing of the meat is a political affair, and not all in the group may receive a piece of the spoils, “some for you, hmm but maybe not for you”.
Darwin enjoying his share. Photo: Rimma Amonov
Below Fanana has been caught red handed appropriating the red-colobus all to himself, a very patriarchal move from the former alpha male.
Photo: Rimma Amonov
Once back at camp we check on the newest addition to the Vervet’s family, content seeing their little newborn feeding healthily from the mother.
Rounding up the day, we spend the evening with guests preparing sashimi to be enjoyed on the beach.