Greystoke Mahale

Facing a sliver of white sand and the azure waters of Lake Tanganyika, the 6 simple tented suites of Greystoke Mahale nestle in the dense treeline with the Mahale Mountains looming behind.

Each timber-and-thatch suite has an ensuite bathroom with hot and cold running water as well as an upstairs deck for relaxing.

The main mess tent is the only structure on the beach, from where you can dine while taking in views of the lake and the misty mountains beyond. Evenings regularly end with sundowner drinks at the lamp-lit bar, on an old wooden dhow or on the warm sands of Kangwena Beach in front of Greystoke Mahale.

Things to do at this captivating remote camp include hiking into the forest to look for chimps, bushbucks, bushpigs and butterflies. Refresh with a dip beneath a waterfall, or a trip in the dhow. You can also kayak, swim and fish the crystalline waters of Lake Tanganyika, the largest of its kind in Africa.

  • A truly unique camp on the shores of Lake Tanganyika
  • An impossibly scenic setting on a beach at the foot of the Mahale Mountains
  • Daily chimp trekking to seek out west Tanzania’s most famous primates
  • Water-based activities in Africa’s largest freshwater rift lake
  • Extraordinary comfort in a breathtakingly remote location
  • Chimp trekking
  • Dhow cruises
  • Forest hikes
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Located at the edge of the Mahale Mountain National Park in the rarely visited west of Tanzania, Greystoke Mahale is best reached with a flight from Arusha (3-3.5 hours) followed by a 1.5 hour trip across the lake by dhow.

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Chimpanzees can be seen in several countries within Africa, including Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. There are a number of groups that have become habituated to humans, and one of the best places to see chimpanzees is in Tanzania’s Mahale Mountain National Park.

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What is the best thing to do in Tanzania?
A wildlife safaris is an absolute must as Tanzania is one of Africa’s great wildlife destinations. Witnessing tens of thousands of wildebeest and zebra in the Serengeti is an unquestionable highlight, whilst the Ngorongoro Crater is one of the natural wonders of the world. A trek to the top of Africa’s highest peak – Mount Kilimanjaro – is a bucket-list experience for any adventure enthusiast.

What is the climate like in Tanzania?
Much of the Serengeti is over 5,000ft so temperatures vary between 22°- 29°C. It is generally sunny and windy, with rain falling between November and May as isolated showers. The low-lying Rift Valley is much hotter (30°-35°C), while the coast is hot and humid. The Ngorongoro Highlands can be cool to cold at night.

How do I get to Tanzania?
There are only two European airlines – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Turkish Airlines – that fly directly into the country. Otherwise, flying via the Kenyan capital of Nairobi (where far more major airlines fly to including British Airways and Air France) is another option. From here travellers can then fly to numerous airports in Tanzania.

For travellers coming from the United States at least one stop is required. The easiest airlines for connections are either with KLM or Qatar Airways via Doha. From Doha there are also direct flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

What can I combine Tanzania with?
Tanzania is often combined with other countries including neighbouring Kenya or either Uganda or Rwanda for a trek to see the gorillas. A few days on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar is a very popular way to end a Tanzanian safari.

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