From the Field
Greg du Toit
Africa Photo Workshop
|Mahale Photo Safari (As a stand alone safari or as an extension to the Selous Safari...) |
16 - 22 January 2013
For those wanting to continue on with our spectacular Southern Tanzania safari, we will be traveling to the Mahale Mountains in the North of the country, and after the Selous leg. Our mission? To photograph Chimpanzees. This leg of our African photo safari tour is especially offered as an extension and promises to dovetail beautifully with the wilderness that is Selous. This is one of the best African photo safaris you can do, as it combines wilderness and photography! Read all the details below....
Our luxury Tanzania safari camp in Mahale Mountains National Park (www.greystoke.com) is heralded as having the most spectacular setting of any camp in Africa making this an EXCELLENT trip to bring your non-photographing partner along on! It is situated on the remote eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika and not far south from where Stanley met Livingstone and uttered the understatement of the century and those famous words: “Dr Livingstone, I presume”. Lake Tanganyika is a spectacular rift valley lake, the longest in the world and the 2nd deepest! Looking across to the other side on a clear day you will see the DRC!
Behind our camp, one finds the Mahale Mountains which contain free and wild Chimpanzee communities (the largest in the world). Chimps are our closest living relatives and this is a photographic experience that you will never forget! The Chimps are tracked on foot and spending time with these special primates is a real treat, both as an observer and as a photographer. The chimp communities inside the Mahale Mountains have been researched since the 1960’s (long before even the park was gazetted), hence the chimp’s relaxed nature around humans, which provides for excellent photographic opportunities. Last year we had a Chimp called Christmas (born on Christmas day) actually make physical contact with us!
This time of year, the chimps are relatively close to our camp so it usually only takes one and a half hours to locate them. You therefore need a moderate fitness level and need to be able to walk for a total of 3 hours in a day. We can have regular breaks whenever you desire and the rest of the day is very relaxing. Our oldest client to date was 84 and she handled it no problem at all! Don’t let this once in a lifetime opportunity pass you by!
For those who still have energy after the Chimp trekking, the forest offers exceptional macro and wide angle opportunities. Bring your macro lenses and tripods! Also bring your costumes!
Price: US $6800 per person sharing
Single: $7950 per person
30% deposit confirms your booking
Minimum 8 clients
All-inclusive tour: Includes flight from Dar es Salaam if doing the Selous tour, (if not, you can deduct $500 from the price and book your own flights to Arusha) local road and flight transfer, all meals, drinks and accommodation, daily park entrance fees and game activities.
Not included: premium brand drinks, visas, purchases of a personal nature and items not included in the itinerary.
Your guide for this photo safari to Africa is professional wildlife photographer Greg du Toit. Greg has guided extensively across Tanzania; he has also spent four years living in East Africa and subsequently, he has the knowledge and expertise to unlock the photographic wonders of wildest Tanzania! Not only will he be there every step of the way when trekking, to help you with your camera settings in the dark forest, but there is also time on this safari, for an informal photographic workshop. Greg is really passionate about Mahale, as it is one of his favourite safari destinations in Africa and to read a few guest testimonials click here...
African Photo Safari Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive Arusha, Tanzania. 1 night accommodation in Arusha at Arusha Coffee Lodge.
Day 2: Flight transfer from Arusha to Greystoke Mahale.
Day 3-5: Greystoke Mahale (3 days of trekking)
Day 6: Flight transfer to Arusha and 1 night accommodation back at Arusha Coffee Lodge.
Day 7: International flight home.
Luxury Photographic Safari Accommodation:
On a far-flung beach along the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika, below a huge story-book tropical forest, lies the tiny sanctuary of
Greystoke Mahale - the definition of luxury safaris in Tanzania. The water is as clear as gin, the air scented and the living is very easy indeed. The forested slopes of the Mahale Mountains rise behind camp, home to the world’s largest known population of chimpanzees, with approximately 1000 individuals inhabiting the national park. Each day you can venture out into the forest, to observe and commune with these, our closest relatives, as they groom, wrestle and forage across the leafy floor.
Your home at Greystoke Mahale is in wildly exotic wooden bandas (chalets) looking out across the soft sand beach, with interiors fashioned from dhow timber. The six bandas are open fronted, with dressing rooms, adjoining bathrooms accessible via a short boardwalk with flush toilets and
powerful showers, and upstairs chill-out decks; designed with flair, generosity and passion for the most demanding castaway.
The forest itself is special, with eight other species of primate, shyer forest mammals, birds, butterflies, giant vines and waterfalls. And if a
day’s ‘chimping’ isn’t enough, you can take gentle forest hikes, or kayak along the lake
shore. You can have private barefoot dinners on the beach, or get friendly in the wildly thatched mess, complete with library and upstairs
viewing decks. For some evening pizazz, there’s the bar of all bars on the rocks of the headland, with fresh sashimi and iced vodka, and a view
out west across the mighty waters of the lake.
Get a feel for the camps location here...
What our Southern Tanzania Safari includes:
The above costs include:
- Pickup and transport for the entire Safari and drop off at your destination.
- Entrance and accommodation to all reserves.
- All meals and drinks.
- Chimp trekking and boat cruises.
- The services of our guides.
Costs not included:
- Gratuities to staff and guides.
- premium brand drinks.
- Extra activities not included (i.e. fishing).
- Personal expenses.
- Travel insurance.
- Travel visas
To book your place on this wild Africa photo safari, contact Greg here...
Still got questions? See my safari FAQ page here...