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Tucked into the forest at the foot of the mountains, the six open-fronted bandas of Greystoke Mahale look over a white sandy beach onto the turquoise waters of Lake Tanganyika.

Each banda is built from sustainable materials such as wood recovered from old dhows and local palm thatch, and has an en suite bathroom with a powerful shower and flushing toilet. The main banda on the beach serves as the restaurant, and the bar is on a rocky headland. 

Mahale is considered by some to be the best place in Africa to see chimpanzees in the wild. In fact, Greystoke Camp pioneered Mahale's development and has been involved from the start in creating infrastructure for the park, and establishing the extensive network of tracks in the forest. 

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This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Tanzania’s Wild West

This itinerary takes you to two contrasting national parks in the remote reaches of Western Tanzania: the seldom visited Katavi, with its rich plains game and predators, and Mahale, possibly the best place in Africa to see chimps in the wild. There’s also ample time to relax on the idyllic shores of Lake Tanganyika.

  • When to go: Jun-Feb
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Mahale National Park

Mahale National Park is located on the shores of Lake Tanganyika and split in two by the Mahale Mountains. Home to some of Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzees, this is a magical place of tropical forests with vines and tall trees growing on the banks of rivers which then tumble into countless waterfalls.

  • Where: Kigoma District
  • Ideal for viewing: blue duiker, chimpanzee, red colobus monkey, Sharpe’s grysbok, brush-tailed porcupine
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris