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Greystoke Mahale

Facing a sliver of white sand and the azure waters of Lake Tanganyika, the 6 simple tented suites of Greystoke Mahala nestle in the dense treeline with the Mahale Mountains looming behind. Each timber-and-thatch suite has an ensuite bathroom with hot and cold running water as well as an upstairs deck for relaxing.

The main mess tent is the only structure on the beach, from where you can dine while taking in views of the lake and the misty mountains beyond. Evenings regularly end with sundowner drinks at the lamp-lit bar, on an old wooden dhow or on the warm sands of Kangwena Beach in front of Greystoke Mahale.

Things to do at this captivating remote camp include hiking into the forest to look for chimps, bushbucks, bushpigs and butterflies. Refresh with a dip beneath a waterfall, or a trip in the dhow. You can also kayak, swim and fish the crystalline waters of Lake Tanganyika, the largest of its kind in Africa.

Location

How to get to Greystoke Mahale

Located at the edge of the Mahale Mountain National Park in the rarely visited west of Tanzania, Greystoke Mahale is best reached with a flight from Arusha (3-3.5 hours) followed by a 1.5 hour trip across the lake by dhow.

Activities at Greystoke Mahale

  • Chimp trekking
  • Dhow cruises
  • Forest hikes
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Greystoke Mahale Highlights

  • A truly unique camp on the shores of Lake Tanganyika
  • An impossibly scenic setting on a beach at the foot of the Mahale Mountains
  • Daily chimp trekking to seek out west Tanzania’s most famous primates
  • Water-based activities in Africa’s largest freshwater rift lake
  • Extraordinary comfort in a breathtakingly remote location

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Why Tanzania: Few places in the world can offer the immense diversity and quantity of game found in Tanzania, nor the ease of viewing it. Tanzania is also the arena for the great wildebeest and zebra migration and has some of Africa’s most stunning scenery.

Game Viewing: The best time to visit is November to May when the wildebeest herds amass on the Serengeti’s southern plains. Feb/Mar is when the herds are calving. The dry season (Jun to Sep) is the best time to visit Tarangire and the Selous.

Culture: With some 120 tribes, Tanzania is culturally very diverse, with peoples ranging from the Nilotic Maasai to Hadza bushmen, the Makonde (famous for their wood carvings) and Swahili-speaking coast-dwellers, some descended from Arabs.

Climate: Much of the Serengeti is over 5,000 ft so temperatures vary between 22°- 29°C. It is generally sunny and windy, with rain falling between Nov – May as isolated showers. The low-lying Rift Valley is much hotter (30°-35°C), while the coast is hot and humid. The Ngorongoro Highlands can be cool to cold at night.

Combine With: Kenya. Most visitors arrive via Nairobi in Kenya so it is easy to combine parks in the two countries. Kenya’s famous Masai Mara is an extension of the Serengeti and the wildebeest migration can be found here in September/October.

Getting There: You can fly via Johannesburg in South Africa then north to Nairobi in Kenya. Or fly via the Middle East to Nairobi. We can organise road transfers from there to Arusha, the “safari capital” of northern Tanzania; alternatively, you can fly into Kilimanjaro Airport.

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