Greystoke Mahale


On the shores of Lake Tanganyika

Accommodation Type

Wood and thatch bandas

Accommodation Level

DeluxeSomething special. Indulge yourself with a high-quality experience.

Price Guide

Greystoke Mahale

Do you want to see chimpanzees in the wild, stay in a uniquely stunning banda on a remote lakeside beach, and explore the wildlife-filled forested slopes of the Mahale Mountains? Arrive by boat, and lose your heart to the wilderness.

The stunning setting on the shores of Lake Tanganyika allows the perfect mix of relaxation in complete luxury and exploration into the wilds of Mahale Mountains National Park. Very very few people make is all the way over to this western part of Tanzania. It’s properly remote, and Greystoke is one of only two camps here – the best one!
Daily treks into the forested slopes are full of opportunity as they are home to the world’s largest known population of chimpanzees as well as leopard, bushbuck, bushpig, a multitude of birds and butterflies plus eight other species of primate.

In the stunning blue waters of Lake Tanganyika there are many water-based activities such as kayaking, cruising on traditional dhows and fishing or you could just relax in the comfort of the friendly beach bar/mess area (the only structure actually on the beach) and enjoy the views.

Times to Go

It is possible to track chimpanzees all year round, however the chances of finding them improve towards the end of the dry season (from July to October) when the chimps favour the lower slopes.

Greystoke Mahale highlights

  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • A truly unique luxury beach/forest hideaway
  • Pretty well no-one else is here
  • Kayaking on Lake Tanganyika
  • Sunset dhow cruises

Greystoke Mahale location

Greystoke Mahale


  • 6 luxury thatched bandas.
  • Open from 1st June to 25th March.
  • Children over 8 are welcome
    (over 12 for chimpanzee trekking)


  • Main beach banda with communal dining
  • Beach bar overlooking lake
  • Internet access


  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Forest trails
  • Kayaking in Lake Tanganyika
  • Sunset cruises in traditional dhows

Greystoke Mahale rooms

There are 6 open-fronted reclaimed wood and thatch bandas tucked away in the forest behind the beach.

They are luxuriously appointed, in a barefoot-luxury kind of a way, with hand-crafted furniture and local textiles.

As well as a double bedroom there is a separate dressing room, en-suite shower room which is accessed via a boardwalk, and you even have a private viewing deck upstairs.

Each banda can accommodate an extra bed for a child.

Twiga the giraffe likes this because…

“Greystoke has been instrumental in the protection of the area’s chimpanzees and helped found the Tongwe Tribal Trust to preserve the cultural heritage of the forest dwellers.”

And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.

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Amanda Marks

Managing Director
Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.


Tracy Edwards

Travel Consultant
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.


Sinead Bailey

Travel Consultant
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.


Christine MacDougall

Travel Consultant
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.