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Greystoke Mahale,

Mahale Mountains
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Greystoke Mahale

Greystoke Mahale: What we think

Greystoke is one of the best lodges in Africa, there is really nowhere else like it and the game experience is very different – trekking in the Mahale Mountains for Chimpanzees!  Lake Tanganyika is an ancient lake and the second largest by volume in the world.  The main thatched building sits on the white beach and the 6 bandas are hidden into the edge of the undergrowth with incredible views out onto the water.  It’s not cheap but if you have travelled all this way then you simply must stay at this lodge.

There really is nowhere else like this; to be trekking in the thick jungle with chimpanzees to walk out onto the beautiful beach of Greystoke and swim; this is what we call paradise, without question 5 paws
Guide Price: $1,116 per person
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Greystoke Mahale: Interesting Facts

  • 6 unique, wooden bandas set amongst the forest fringe
  • Only accessible by boat on Monday or Thursday
  • The best location for chimp trekking in Africa
  • On the shore of Lake Tanganyika
  • SPECIAL OFFER: Stay 4, pay 3 and free flights between Katavi and Mahale

Greystoke Mahale: In depth

Greystoke is located in Mahale Mountain National Park in Western Tanzania on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. To access this remote safari park there are only 2 flights a week from either Ruaha in the south of Tanzania or from Arusha in the north of Tanzania. Mahale works well combining with Katavi National Park, the other safari park in the far west and the flights route through together.

The main lodge area is an iconic image - a huge thatched canopy framed in the middle of the beach with a backdrop of lush rain forest. Most meals are taken in the main building or outside on the beach.  There is also a charming sunset bar on the edge of the beach constructed of an old fishing boat.

The 6 bandas are also made from of the same design as the main area, but nestled into the undergrowth at the foothills of the nearby mountains.  The rooms are very open, encouraging ‘barefoot luxury’ with wooden walkways to the bathroom and also to the top deck which has a relaxing area with great views out over the lake.

The National Park is famous for the chimpanzees that can be visited in the mountains; clients are allowed to spend 1 hour a day with the chimps.  Depending on the season the chimps feed at different altitudes on the mountains, so at certain times of year the days can be quite long to reach the chimps. People come here to visit the chimpanzees, but by all means this is not the only activity you can do, the beautiful lake is great for exploring by Kayak, or following streams up into the hills to hidden waterfalls. The environment boasts excellent bird life and its well worth taking a walk with a guide through the network of jungle tracks.  The lake is incredible for swimming as well as snorkelling.  As Tanzania safari holidays go, this is about as off the beaten track and special as they come.

Greystoke Mahale: Client Reviews

   100% based on 3 customer reviews
And then Greystoke at Mahale, something you must experience. To see the chimpansees is just as if you are looking in a mirror, they look so just like us. It was an aboslutely fantastic experience to see these primates. I felt very humble and emotional but also I felt very fortunate that I could be with them so close. Greystoke camp is also stunning and so is the lake. I have never seen such a beautiful lake with such clear water. The lodges ar also very nice and the food is also excellent. Staff and management are very friendly and informative and even though it is a very long way to get there it is all worth it and I hope I can return again to that magnificant and very special place.
I Wardenaar
   5 stars

The best place I have had the privilege of staying at! Absolutlety perfect in every manor. The guides were amazing and to see the chimps were spectacular!!
W. Oliver
   5 stars

The service and accommodation are amazing the Banda’s give you a true jungle feel! Being with the chimps is a complete life altering experience was truly magical.
K. Bullock
   5 stars
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Greystoke Mahale: Breaking news

Greystoke Mahale:      Mysteries of a Mysterious Bird
29 Sep 2015

The Holy-grail of forest birds must be, most definitely in my eyes, the Narina Trogon. As with most forest birds they are incredibly elusive, this entertains some mysteries to such birds. Over the past few very dry weeks in Mahale, the thinning forest has allowed for some good sightings in and ...   Show me more >

Greystoke Mahale:      Champing
25 Sep 2015

The common term for going out trekking in the jungle looking for Chimpanzee's is 'chimping' but recently our Pseudospondias Microcarpa (a big fruit tree) between our kitchen and office has started fruiting. So with the chimps in camp this evolves to ...   Show me more >

Greystoke Mahale:      Beach Birding
18 Aug 2015

Along the beach at Greystoke one can always find a few feathery friends. One simply must look a little bit closer at the bushes and some true gems will start to shine.

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Greystoke Mahale:      Caesar’s Rise
5 Aug 2015

One Chimp that holds a very special place in our hearts is Caesar, he was one of the first Chimps that we saw when first setting foot in Mahale 1 year ago. He is a teenage male that some believe holds very high expectations. His pale freckled face gives him a distinguished feature, making him ...   Show me more >

Greystoke Mahale:      Pangolin Rush
15 Jul 2015

When you are called with excitement 'RUN, QUICKLY, BRING YOUR CAMERA, QUICKLY, NOW!' Your adrenalin starts pumping, and mind starts wondering. What on earth has created so much excitement from the forest, could it be Chimps swimming in the lake, could it be a pair of Leopards playing ...   Show me more >


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