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Greystoke Mahale, Mahale Mountains National Park

An enchanting lakeside retreat backed by the richly forested Mahale Mountains, Greystoke Mahale was made for the intrepid traveller, combining world-class chimpanzee viewing with ‘Robinson Crusoe’ remoteness.

Sprawled along a white sandy beach in one of the most beautiful national parks in all of Africa, Greystoke Mahale feels far removed from the outside world with no roads to be found within a hundred miles. Nestled into the forest line are the six guest ‘bandas’, all made out of old dhow wood and open-fronted to allow for uninterrupted views across Lake Tanganyika. The upstairs ‘relaxation’ deck is the perfect spot to unwind between forays into the forest.

Naturally, encounters with the wild chimpanzees of Mahale are the focal point of the Greystoke experience. Expert trackers and knowledgeable guides will lead you along winding forest trails in search of these playful creatures - whilst also keeping an eye out for the forest’s eight other primate species, its unusual insects, medicinal plants and colourful birds.

After an exciting day of chimp viewing, you can retreat to the communal guest area on the beach known as ‘The Mess’ where you’ll find cosy sitting spaces, a dining area, library and bar. Fishing, kayaking and relaxing afternoon boat rides on the lake are also a must.

Greystoke Mahale, at a glance

  • High-end lakeside lodge set on a pristine beach in the remote Mahale Mountains National Park
  • An incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic team of guides lead activities
  • Accommodation consists of six thatched bandas crafted from old dhow timber
  • Each colourful room is furnished with plush chairs, comfy beds and tin washbasins
  • Ensuite bathrooms, partially open to the forest, with hot water, flush toilets and powerful showers
  • Each banda has its own private deck with uninterrupted lake views
  • Enjoy tasty dinners in the expansive central dining area around a communal table
  • Open-air bar

For leisure and pleasure

  • Exclusive chimpanzee safaris with expert trackers and guides within the lush forest of Mahale Mountains National Park
  • Nature walks to discover the forest’s rare insects, colourful birds and medicinal plants
  • Enjoy private, candle-lit dinners on the beach
  • Experience kayaking at sunrise and diving at sunset
  • Excellent fishing and snorkelling opportunities
  • Romantic afternoon boat rides on the lake
  • Visit a local village and see the work done by the Nomad Trust
  • Browse the camp’s library

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