Greystoke is a very special place and there is nowhere else like it in East Africa. Subtly positioned on a beautiful remote beach on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, with thick jungle behind disappearing into the misty mountains - this place will blow you away. This National Park has no roads so all game activities are by foot or boat, which makes this a very different safari experience. The main attraction of Mahale is to visit the chimpanzees, but Mahale has so much more to offer; trekking on jungle walks to remote waterfalls deep in the jungle, kayaking to see the hippos, swimming in the crystal fresh water or even taking a sunset cruise on a dhow.
Greystoke Mahale - The Details
Greystoke is located in Mahale Mountain National Park in the West of Tanzania. This park is very remote and only accessible by light aircraft on Mondays and Thursdays from Arusha or Ruaha. Mahale is often combined with Katavi National Park which is the other well know park in the west of Tanzania. Greystoke is located right on the shore of lake Tanganyika with views across to the Central Africa.
The main area of the lodge is located on the beach area with its famous thatched roof and very striking structure. This area is used for dining and relaxing with number of African safari books dotted around and relaxing furniture. Evening meals are normally served on the beach itself under the stars.
The accommodation is made up of 6 bandas which are set back into the jungle forests peaking onto the beach, each room very private and designed in a bare-foot natural luxury manner open to the elements. The six bandas are open fronted, with dressing rooms, bathrooms accessible via a short boardwalk, with flush toilets and powerful showers, and upstairs chill-out decks; designed with flair, generosity and passion for even the most demanding castaway.
The main activity here is to visit the chimpanzees, Mahale is home to the ‘M’ Clan of chimpanzees which are a habitualised clan of wild Chimpanzees which are protected in this incredible national park. There are no roads in the park and you access the lodges by dhow along Lake Tanganika. The national Park offers so much more than just visiting the chimps. Jungle treks to find other primate species, excellent flora, discovering secret waterfalls in clearings in the jungles and fishing on the lake. The Lake is great for swimming as it’s a great temperature and very clear and we would also recommend taking a kayak out to paddle along the shore line, but watch out for the hippo’s!