Cuisine Logistics of Greystoke Mahale Camp

Natural World Safaris

21 Jun 2013

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Greystoke Mahale Camp Food Logistics

Mahale Mountains National Park is regarded as one of the most isolated national parks in the world, and one of the most undiscovered. At 1,613 square kilometres, Mahale is the chain of mountains running for 70 kilometres from north to south with its western slopes dropping into Lake Tanganyika (the worlds longest lake at 673 kilometres & the worlds 2nd deepest at 1,470 metres) in a series of steep ravines & outcrops (highest peak at 2,462 metres). The eastern side of the mountains, however, descend more gently but largely undiscovered onto the plain that extend to Katavi National Park. Mahale Mountains National Park is home to approx. 1,000 wild chimpanzees of which approx. 64 individuals have been habituated; the youngest being a 1 year old, while the oldest being Kalunde (the King-Maker) at 54 years of age.

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Due to its remoteness, food & general supplies for the wonderful Greystoke Mahale Camp arrives in 2 ways:

(1) 4 hour passenger plane from Arusha, then a 2 hour boat ride on Lake Tanganyika to the lodge - the only scheduled flights to Greystokes is on a Mon & Thurs, and comes from Arusha. Twice a week, the lodge manager would email the list to the head office in Arusha & the supplies would be purchased & loaded onto the plane at the same time as the boarding guests. Upon arrival at the Mahale Airstrip, the supply would be loaded onto the lodge's passenger boat & transferred with the guests to the lodge

(2) 12 hour local village passenger boat from Kigoma to a small village on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, then a 2hr boat ride on Lake Tanganyika to the lodge - once a week, the lodge manager would email the list to the head office in Arusha. This list is then passed onto their partners in Kigoma by telephone communication. The supplies would be purchased & loaded onto a local village passenger boat & transferred to a small village on the shores of the lake. This, along with a small purchase from the village would then be loaded onto the lodge's boat & transferred to the lodge

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