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Greystoke Mahale,

Mahale Mountains
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
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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: Breaking news


Greystoke Mahale:      Butterfly Flutter By

Mahale truly is a haven for a stunning array of Butterflies. You will seldom walk anywhere without seeing one of the many beauties fluttering by. 

 

Here are just a few that I have managed to snap in the past week...getting them in flight is the new challenge as well as ...   Show me more >

Greystoke Mahale:      Progression for Katumbi Village School

When working in such fragile protected areas as Mahale National Park our efforts to conserve the precious Chimpanzees here must also include the support of the local populations whose lives are affected by the limitations a park can impose on their daily lives.  With fishing and agriculture ...   Show me more >

Greystoke Mahale:      Enjoy the Rain

We have been experiencing the first of the Mahale rains over the last few days. They have been incredibly impressive with rolling thunder over the mountain and solid 30 minute flashfloods. But it seems to have brought mixed emotions from the birds in camp.

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Greystoke Mahale:      Each Day is Different But You Don’t Need Much

So we are getting our feet on the ground here at Greystoke in the Mahale Mountains. Getting to grips with the change from the Selous Game Reserve has been an exciting process. We have been lucky with a lot of action in the camp since arriving as the Pseudospondias microcarpa have ...   Show me more >

Greystoke Mahale:      A little help goes a long way at Katumbi Village

As part of Nomad Trust's continuing effort to support Greystoke Mahale's local village we were absolutely thrilled to deliever an incredible donation from a recent guest of 500 mosquito nets.  Thank you Steve Cook for the generous gift to Katumbi's residents.  News spread ...   Show me more >

 

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