Greystoke Mahale

Sleeps
Resort
Mahale
,
Tanzania
Type
Rooms
Cabins
Location
Mahale
Tanzania

On the edge of Lake Tanganyika, nestled in the remote forest is Greystoke Mahale – a boutique camp, comprised of six thatched bandas, perfect for adventurers and those looking to explore the Mahale Mountains.

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Lizzy Nelson

The Lodge

Come on a legendary journey to meet the most privileged primates on the planet: the wild chimpanzees of Mahale - and the trackers, guides and helpers who share their leafy Nirvana.

Due to the camp’s remote location, and absence of nearby roads, most will access the camp via a leisurely dhow ride along the stunning LakeTanganyika. The camp itself is a favourite in Western Tanzania and is operated by the well-established ‘Nomad Tanzania’, who also run sister camp ‘Chada Katavi’.

The Rooms

Like something from Robinson Crusoe, the camp boasts six beautifully designed, thatched bandas, each with its own private wooden decking, sheltered by the nearby forest, allowing a private and peaceful space to unwind. Its open front means you can enjoy the spectacular surroundings from the comfort of your own room, and even climb onto the bandas upper decking to enjoy another viewpoint.

Each room is equipped with an en-suite bathroom, with powerful showers and hot water on demand. You will also find lockable storage, and a writing desk (hopefully not to be used for any work!). In the communal areas, you will find a large thatched banda overlooking the beach, where guests can take meals and relax throughout the day, along with a cosy bar, perfect for sundowners, that lies perched on the rocks, near the water's edge.

All meals are included at Greystoke Mahale, from a beautiful buffet breakfast, fresh coffee and juices, followed by a lighter lunch and in the evening a three-course meal, to be enjoyed alongside the other guests, where you can share stories of your Mahale experience so far.

The Accommodation
  • 6 thatched en-suite bandas
  • Flush toilets & hot showers
  • Large central dining area (communal)
  • Library & open-air bar
Activities
  • Chimpanzee Tracking & hiking
  • Bird watching
  • Dhow trips & kayaking
  • Catch and release fishing
  • Snorkelling
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Chimpanzee Tracking

Their main quest is always on foot to a wild living group of chimpanzees, whose complex social and political manoeuvrings are played out within a few feet of them. Their behaviour is interpreted by their greatest fans, their team of chimpanzee experts who can recognise each individual and the significance of every action.

When to go

The dry season in Mahale starts in June, when the long rains have stopped, and goes through to October. At this time of year, the temperatures increase and the skies are quite hazy, the lake has never been more appealing for a cooling dip. As the dry season progresses, the chimps are more usually found in the lower slopes due to their favourite fruits being found lower down.

Mahale's green season runs from November through to March and this time of year is a photographer's dream; the haze often prevalent through the dry season is washed away. The forest offers varied viewing, although the forest is at its best, full of the colour of wildflowers, birds and butterflies. The lake is clearest in these months with incredible views of the Congo in the distance.

The camp is closed during April & May.

To the Village

Get the feel of a Tanganyika village and see the work of the Nomad Trust, with a visit to Katumbi on the park boundary. You can call in at the primary school, where they have built and furnished classrooms and installed solar power, and the community clinic, where they fund vital healthcare from first aid and midwifery.

Lake Tanganyika

This lake is a phenomenal natural habitat to explore. Kayak towards the Congo at sunrise, with the unsurpassable feeling of diving off the dhow into its sunset waters, and watching hippos moonwalk through the depths.

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