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      Greystoke Mahale

      A Secluded Base for Chimp Trekking in Tanzania

      Greystoke Mahale sits on a pristine, white sandy beach overlooking the turquoise water of Lake Tanganyika, with the forested slopes of the 8,000-foot Mahale Mountains rising behind. There are still no roads in this area, only forest paths and tracks made by animals over the years. This, and the fact that the only practical way of reaching camp is by boat, add to the sense of seclusion. On arrival at Kangwena Beach, the main mess is the only structure to be seen and is therefore the focal point of camp. From the mess you can look out over the lake to the mountains of the Congo in the haze beyond. Guests rooms, or bandas, are tucked back into the forest line, so that the only view is of beach, and the lake beyond. The rooms are almost entirely made from sustainable materials sourced on Lake Tanganyika. All the wood was reclaimed from wrecked or retired dhows bought from villages along the lakeshore. Old fisherman’s canoes are used as ladders and thatch from palm trees gathered outside the national park for the roofs. The bandas are all open-fronted, with heavy canvas curtains you can pull across if you choose. Each banda is unique, but all have a dressing room behind and then a short boardwalk to the bathroom with flush toilet, strong showers and hot and cold water on demand. The deck upstairs provides the perfect place to spend an afternoon with a glass of wine and a good book. One of the key activities at Greystoke Mahale is chimp trekking. Most guests will see the chimps at least once in a three or four day stay, but a sighting is never guaranteed. Chimp trekking happens during every full day that spent at Greystoke. First thing in the morning, guests head into the mountains accompanied by guides and trackers. Once the chimps have been found, you will have one hour to watch them play, groom and forage on the floor around you. Aside from chimp trekking, enjoy numerous activities such as kayaking and fishing; hiking the forest paths; swim in waterfall pools; go for sundowners on the old wooden dhow; or just relax on the beach.

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      Accommodation Details

      • Price: From $1,647 per person per night
      • Location: Eastern Africa, Tanzania
      • Age Minimum: 8 years old
      • # of Beds: 12 beds
      • Amenities: Ensuite Bathrooms, Laundry Included, Local Drinks Included, Recharge Facilities
      • Type: Lodge
      • Included: Accommodation, meals, all drinks (except Champagne & premium wines), activities on a shared basis: scheduled chimp trekking (one trek per each full day in camp), boat trips, deep water swims, forest walks, village visits, sundowners, outdoor dining, scheduled boat transfers to/from Mahale airstrip, laundry, boating fees, concession fees
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