Mbali Mbali Mahale


  • Enjoy views of Lake Tanganyika
  • Spend time wth chimps in the wild
  • Dhow cruises and kayaking on the lake
  • Drinks by the campfire
  • Visit the local fishing village
  • Indoor and outdoor dining


Open: Mbali Mbali Mahale is open from the beginning of June to the end of February.

Location: The lodge is beside Lake Tanganyika bordering Mahale Mountains National Park. It is reached by flying to Mahale airstrip followed by a 90 minute dhow ride to the lodge.

Rooms: There are nine gest tents, a mix of twins and doubles and one family tent with a double and single bed. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom to the back with a shower, twin hand basins and running water, and a small deck to the front overlooking the lake. They have round-the-clock power, lighting and charging points.

Activities: You can go chimpanzee trekking, take a boat safari to see hippos and go fishing, visit a the nearby fishing village of Katumbi and follow walking trails. Your stay includes one chimpanzee trek per day, one boat safari per stay, kayaking, concession fees, return transfers from and to Mahale airstrip. It is not currently possible to swim from the beach, but you can take boat trips to out to deeper sections of the lake where swimming is safe.

Facilities: The main area houses the lounge, bar and dining and sitting areas and leads out to a deck, the beach and camp fire. The lodge offers a free laundry service.

Dining: Meals can be eaten together as a group or at individual tables. There are indoor and outdoor dining areas. Your stay includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, water, soft drinks, local beers, selected spirits and house wines.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome. The minimum age for chimpanzee trekking is 12 years old.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access, but no reliable mobile phone coverage.

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Client Rating for Tanzania 5/5 from 217 reviews

We were very lucky and were the only guests, and so were very well looked after by a delightful set of people. The lodge has recently been refurbished and was quite luxurious. It feels like you are on an exotic beach holiday. The hosts really cared and have plans to make it an even better experience. I enjoyed teh fire in the evening and spectacular sunsets. They really need to market the place as it deserves to have more clients.

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