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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Tanzania FAQ

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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