Our visit to the Mahale Mountains, staying in Kungwe Lodge, was a real highlight of our trip to East Africa and is one of the most incredible places we have ever been to. It was a real privilege to be able to spend time with the chimpanzees and we had some very memorable close encounters. Mahale is hard to get to and is expensive but it was well worth it and we are so glad that we splurged and stayed here. The lodge itself is lovely, set on a beautiful white sand beach on the banks of Lake Tanganyika. The lush forest starts right behind the lodge and goes up the mountains. The food was pretty good and very fresh - the last night's beach dinner was especially good. Chimp tracking was the highlight but even just walking through the jungle was a great experience - it felt like Tarzan! The lake was beautiful and it was a great place to relax as well. I wasn't willing to swim here as we had seen crocs and hippos but we did take out a kayak and explore with that. Just a pointer - if you're going to lounge around at the beach, either keep covered or go to town with the deet because there are tse tse flies. I got bitten big time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on a stretch of golden sandy beach and overlooking the crystal clear waters of Lake Tanganyika the recently refurbished Kungwe Beach Lodge is the perfect blend of comfort and luxury in a romantic setting.The light, airy and spacious tents are furnished in the traditional ‘safari’ style, with unbeatable sunsets over the mountains of Congo. In the gathering darkness fishermen’s lanterns light up across the lake, mirroring the stars above.Candlelit dinners are served either on the beach or in our dining area, to the unique sounds of Africa - beetles, crickets and the night calls of chimpanzees, the perfect way to relax after a perfect day! As well as being famous for chimpanzee tracking, this part of Lake Tanganyika offers some of the best fresh water fishing in Tanzania. Here you can catch ‘Sangara’ (Nile Perch), ‘Kuhe’ (Yellow Belly) to name just a few.So be it a strenuous chimpanzee trek, a scenic boat trip, an adventurous fishing excursion or just time spent relaxing on cushioned sun beds while listening to the lapping of the waves, your stay at Kungwe Beach Lodge will be a memorable experience to take away with you. ... more less