Remote Wilderness at the Edge of the World
Greystoke Mahale has won the Best Location in Africa award at the Safari Awards for 2017, and that couldn’t be more accurate.
Greystoke sits deep within the Mahale Mountains National Park, on the edge of the second deepest lake in the world - Lake Tanganyika.
Nestled between the gin-clear water of the lake, and the tumbling forests sits an extraordinary castaway lodge.
There are absolutely no roads here, and virtually no other people and that is what being in Mahale is all about.
This really is the edge of the world and the ultimate in remote wilderness.
Iconic Castaway Lodge
This iconic camp run by NomadTanzania is strung along the Kangwena Beach on the edge of Lake Tanganyika in the Mahale Mountains National Park, with the forested peaks rising dramatically behind camp.
This is as remote as you can get in Western Tanzania.
The ultimate chimpanzee experience from Africa’s most iconic castaway lodge.
With glorious exclusivity thanks to just six open fronted double bandas guaranteeing the camp has a family feel with no more than a handful of tourists at any one time. The bandas are set the edge of the forest and base of the mountains, looking out over the beach and lake.
Eco-Friendly and Sumptuous
Built using reclaimed dhows from the lake shore, each Banda has its own unique character and outlook with a mezzanine top floor level & en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water and flush loos.
Spacious octagonal tents of canvas and secure mosquito netting, topped in thatch, not only allows for constant air-flow, but also enables guests to gaze upon the animals as they saunter past.
Observe the wildlife from the comfort of your luxurious hide-away, perhaps whilst reclining on the majestic king-sized bed under the overhead fan, or from the open-air stargazer, solar-heated showers which adjoin the en suite bathrooms.
All rooms overlook the lake, have a private veranda, outside shower, and private butler!
Life-Long Chimp Experts
The main reason for making the journey down to Mahale is of course to see the chimpanzees. Mahale is home to one of the largest populations of wild chimps and Greystoke has access to a habituated community known as the M Group. A team of Japanese
researchers have worked in these mountains studying the chimps for over 50 years, and
Greystoke guides and their families have played a part in their work for decades. All camp
guides have had a member of their family involved with the chimps since they were young,
and they gladly followed in their footsteps. There is nothing the guides don’t know about
the characters, politics and intricacies of this fascinating community and they bring it to life with an extraordinary passion. There is no one else you should meet these chimps with - take our word for it.
Flora & Fauna
A Plethora to be marvelled
Although the chimps are the main event the forests of Mahale are teeming with a variety
of other primates. Camp is often visited by colobus monkeys and baboons, and we also
play host to warthogs and the rare blue duiker, not to mention incredible forest flora and
Oh, and that Lake!
Lake Tanganyika is the second deepest lake in the world and the water is clear in a way
that is impossible to adequately describe. We love nothing more than heading out on one
of our iconic dhows for a spot of deep water swimming and wildlife spotting from the water.
We also have kayaks in camp which is a fantastic way to while away a couple of hours.
Free Flights to Katavi
Greystoke combines with NomadTanzania's other western camp Chada Katavi, and operate a shared charter from Arusha twice a week on a Monday and a Thursday that stops in Katavi before continuing on to Mahale. The flight between Katavi and Mahale is completely free, so guests enjoying both western camps pay absolutely nothing additional for their
stop in Katavi. This is the ultimate week in Tanzania, remote, wild and undiscovered.