Greystoke Mahale

$ 1,347

Chat with a Chimp at Greystoke Mahale

Greystoke Mahale has won the Best Location in Africa award at the Safari Awards for 2017. Greystoke sits deep within the Mahale Mountains National Park, on the edge of the second deepest lake in the world – Lake Tanganyika. Nestled between the gin-clear water of the lake, and the tumbling forests sits our extraordinary castaway lodge. There are absolutely no roads here, and virtually no other people. That is what being in Mahale is all about. This really is the edge of the world and the ultimate in remote wilderness.

The main reason for making the journey down to Mahale is to see the chimpanzees. Mahale is home to one of the largest populations of wild chimps with access to a habituated community known as the M Group. A team of Japanese researchers have worked in these mountains studying the chimps for over 50 years, and the guides and their families have played a part in their work for decades. All of our camp guides have had a member of their family involved with the chimps since they were young, and they gladly followed in their footsteps. There is nothing the guides don’t know about the characters, politics and intricacies of this fascinating community and they bring it to life with an extraordinary passion. There is no one else you should meet these chimps with.

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When Greystoke Mahale was built it was important to make it as unique as its setting, in order that it not dominate the sensational natural surroundings. That’s why he rooms are tucked back into the forest line, so that your only view is of beach and the lake beyond.

All the wood was reclaimed from wrecked or retired dhows bought from villages along the lakeshore.  Old fisherman’s canoes were used as ladders and thatch from palm trees gathered outside the national park for the roofs. The main mess is the only structure on the beach and it’s the focal point of camp.  Here is where you can look out over the lake to the mountains of the Congo in the haze beyond.

Your days start there, eating breakfast whilst waiting to hear news of the chimps and deciding what to do with your day. Evenings end with sundowners on the rocks of the headland, where drinks are served around the lamp-lit bar whilst the mountains,  rising behind  camp, disappear into the darkness.

Greystoke affects visitors like no other place does -because of its remoteness, because of the mountains rising from the beach at our backs, the wide lake with its many different moods and the feeling of being the only ones here. Greystoke Mahale has just 6 wood and thatch bandas set on the edge of the forest line at the base of the mountains. Each one has an en-suite bathroom – accessible by a short boardwalk – with hot and cold running water, strong showers and flush toilets. Dressing room and upstairs chill-out deck.

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Game Package, High Season, Per Adult Sharing, Valid during 2017

Includes

Accommodation, Breakfast, lunch and dinner, Closest airstrip transfer, Concession Fee, House Drinks, Laundry, Soft drinks, Tea and Coffee, Water

Excludes

Champagne and cellar wines, Flights, Insurance, Medivac insurance, Park Fees

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