Greystoke Mahale is a fantastic choice to go visit Mahale National Park. The service and staff are excellent

Sofie P 41 yrs, Arusha, Tanzania , Read 13 reviews »

Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania

Greystoke Mahale

  • Charming camp set on banks of Lake Tanganyika
  • Spend time with the habituated chimpanzees in the Mahale Mountains
  • Lots of adventure activities in this remote wilderness

Facilities include

Internet connected to the main office Beach Huge communal hut on beach Laundry

Activities include

  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Forest Walks
  • Bird Watching
  • Chimpanzee Trekking
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About Greystoke Mahale

Greystoke Mahale has just six wood and thatch bandas set on the edge of the forest line at the base of the mountains. Each one has an en-suite bathroom - accessible by a short board walk - with hot and cold running water, strong showers and flush toilets. As well as a dressing room and an upstairs chill-out deck.

For many years the camp in Mahale was simple tents. Greystoke Mahale was built to be as unique as its setting, so that it didn't dominate its sensational natural surroundings. The rooms are tucked back into the forest line to ensure the only view is of the beach and lake beyond; they are made almost entirely from sustainable materials sourced on Lake Tanganyika. All the wood was reclaimed from wrecked or retired dhows bought from villages along the lake shore.

Greystoke Mahale sits on a pristine, white sandy beach overlooking the turquoise water of Lake Tanganyika, with the forested slopes of the 8000 ft Mahale Mountains rising behind. The main mess is the only structure on the beach and it is the focal point of camp.

Dine in the main mess banda on the beach and enjoy sundowners in the bar on the rocks at the end of the beach.

This camp is suited for those people who are adventurous, whether you are a couple, family, group or on your honeymoon, Greystroke Mahale attracts those who want to experience a truly remote and unique place.

Practical info

Practical info

Location

In the 1,613 square kilometres of the Mahale Mountains, there are still no roads. All you'll find are forest paths and tracks made by animals over the years. This, and the fact that the only practical way of reaching this camp is by boat, adds to the sense of seclusion here.

Flying in over the northern end of the mountains, you'll see nothing for many many miles and only small villages and local fishermen in dhows dotted along the lake shore.

As you head down the lake, towards Greystoke, the villages thin out and the forest takes over. It's not long before civilisation seems very far behind. Greystoke has one foot in the forest and one in the lake and your days here reflect the mix of both.

As well as the chimps, the forest is home to many other animals, including bushbucks, bush pigs and an incredible array of birds and butterflies. It's also inhabited by nine species of primate.

How to get there

When to go

Greystoke Mahale is closed end of March to end of May.

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 photographers 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 wild flowers, birds and butterflies. The lake is clearest in these months with incredible views of the Congo in the distance.

Tanzania's climate is predominately tropical. For the whole country, the hottest months are from October to February. The long rains are from mid-March to late May, and the short rains from November to January. The coolest months are June to August when the nights and early mornings can be cold. In high-altitude areas such as Kilimanjaro, temperatures can fall below freezing.

Important Information

Children

Travelling with children

Children of 8 and over are welcome.
Children over the age of 12 can go chimp trekking due to safety reasons.
Child rate applies to all under 21 year olds sharing with an adult or another child.
A child occupying a single room will be charged full rate.
Child park fee rate applicable to under 16 year olds.

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