Greystoke Mahale is situated on Lake Tanganyika, and is about as remote as you can get. There are no roads within 100 km of the camp, and access is only by light aircraft. Upon arrival at the airstrip there is an approximately 90 minute dhow trip down the lake to reach the camp.
Guests here can enjoy morning hikes in the stunning tropical forest that covers the slopes of the mountains, which is home to 9 different species of primate, including chimpanzee. The main chimp group live in the mountains close to the camp, and have become habituated to human presence over 2 decades.
Every morning, trackers go out early to find the chimp's whereabouts, then after breakfast you can head off along the forest paths until you're surrounded by their calls. For an hour, sit quietly with them watching their daily life; grooming, wrestling, bickering, foraging, eating, and mothering.
You can also observe leopard, bushbuck, bushpig, other primates and a multitude of birds and butterflies which are found throughout the forested slopes of the mountains. The waters of the lake sparkle with over 250 species of tropical fish.
Your accommodation is in wildly exotic wooden bandas, looking out across the soft sand beach, with interiors fashioned from old seasoned dhow timber and decorated with style and panache. The 6 open-fronted bandas are set just on the forest line, looking out over the lake, with a private upstairs chill-out deck.
The bathrooms are set just behind, and are accessible via a short wooden boardwalk.
Fishing, kayaking out into the lake or along the shoreline, beach dinners under the stars, and sundowners on the dhow are some of the other activities that you can also enjoy during a stay here.
All meals; activities on a shared basis: scheduled chimp treks (one trek per each full day in camp); boat trips; deep water swim; forest walks; village visits; scheduled boat transfers to/from Mahale Airstrip for Nomad Shared Chartered flights and Safari Airlink schedule flights only); all drinks (except champagne and premium wines); a laundry service; and Conservancy fees are included.
Children aged 8 years and older are welcome.
All of the holidays we prepare are tailor-made, but this might give you an idea of how Greystoke Mahale can be included in you own dream holiday.
A Legendary Journey
Arusha Coffee Lodge
Katavi National Park
Mahale Mountains National Park
Come on a journey to meet the most privileged primates on the planet - the wild chimpanzees of Mahale. Add onto this a safari in one of the more remote National Parks of the Southern Circuit and you have a safari holiday that is legendary beyond all belief.
This is a 8 night itinerary including Arusha, Katavi National Park and Mahale Mountains National Park.
*Prices are per person and are based on today's exchange rates. Exchange rates are subject to change and are updated daily.
Prices exclude international flights - ask us if you would like to include these.
General Information For Guests
Access is only by light aircraft using a shared charter flight which operates on Mondays and Thursdays only from Arusha. Flights leave early in the morning, and return to Arusha early evening that same day.
The flight to Greystoke Mahale is around 3-4 hours, and upon arrival at the airstrip there is an approximately 90 minute dhow trip down the lake to reach the camp.
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