Greystoke Mahale

A remote, luxuriously rustic and remarkable lodge in Tanzania's Mahale Mountains on Lake Tanganyika. One of the very best places to trek for wild chimps.

Nomad Tanzania's Greystoke Mahale on Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania

Greystoke Mahale

A remote, luxuriously rustic and remarkable lodge in Tanzania's Mahale Mountains on Lake Tanganyika. One of the very best places to trek for wild chimps.

Nomad Tanzania's Greystoke Mahale on Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania

© Greystoke Mahale

Mahale Mountains Tanzania

  • Beautiful setting on the shores of Lake Tanganyika
  • Trek to see wild chimpanzees
  • Take a sunset cruise on the lake in a traditional dhow
  • Swim beneath a waterfall
  • Watch birds and butterflies as you walk along forest trails

On a far-flung beach along the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika, below a huge tropical forest, is the tiny sanctuary of Greystoke Mahale. This is perhaps the place to see chimpanzees in the wild

The forested slopes of the Mahale Mountains that rise behind the camp are home to the world's largest known population of chimpanzees, with approximately 1000 individuals inhabiting the national park. As you make your approach to Greystoke Mahale by dhow, the outline of the camp is visible against a backdrop of deep green forest and pale golden beach.

There are six stylish, exotic wooden bandas, all looking out across the beach to the lake. They are open-fronted, with interiors fashioned from dhow timber, furnished with wooden double beds, crisp linen and local textiles. It's unique and we love it! We class this property as 'ultimate', but that is not because it's everyone's idea of luxury, but because the experience truly the best you can get.

The focal point of Greystoke Mahale is the bar and dining area on the beach. There are no less than four decks looking out to each point of the compass. The cosy bar, set in the rocks on the headland, has stepped decks down to the water's edge -the perfect spot for star-gazing and enjoying fresh sashimi and iced vodka, and the view out west across the mighty waters of the lake. Dinner can be taken in the tented dining area or maybe barefoot on the beach.

WHAT YOU'LL DO AT GREYSTOKE MAHALE
The forest is very special, with eight other species of primate, shyer forest mammals, birds, butterflies, giant vines and waterfalls. Many chimps live in the mountains close to camp, and have become habituated to human presence over two decades of contact. You can venture out into the forest to observe and commune with them as they groom and wrestle and forage across the forest floor. There is also the opportunity to observe leopard, bushbuck, bushpig, and a multitude of birds and butterflies. The waters sparkle with over 250 species of tropical fish.

After a morning of hiking through the rainforests, there is no better way to recoup your energies than soaking up some sun on the beach, going for a swim or kayak along the lakeshore. Dinner on the beach under the stars, and sundowners on the dhow can make for a magical end to an unforgettable day.

Dave Lock
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Client Rating for Tanzania 5/5 from 217 reviews

Getting so close to the chimp family was one of the best moments of my life.

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Greystoke Mahale

Evening campfire at Greystoke Mahale, Tanzania

A remote, luxuriously rustic and remarkable lodge in Tanzania's Mahale Mountains on Lake Tanganyika. One of the very best places to trek for wild chimps.

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