Greystoke Mahale

Greystoke Mahale is an exclusive bush lodge located on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in the Mahale Mountains National Park of western Tanzania.

Greystoke is a slightly adventurous but very upmarket bush lodge with a stunning location on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. The purpose of the property is to access a habituated chimpanzee group in the densely forested Mahale Mountains, which provide an incredible back drop to the lodge, but Greystoke is also worth visiting to enjoy the remote location and scenery. The tumbling forest rolls down from the peaks to meet the white sand beaches and clear water of Lake Tanganyika to create a truly beautiful setting, where you can trek to see chimps in the morning and watch hippos and birdlife from a boat on the lake in the afternoon. The lodge is very exclusive and has a sophisticated, yet adventurous, feel with spacious open chalets built from thatch, wood and bamboo. Service is friendly and efficient, the guides are very good and food is of a high quality, though the remote location will always mean the odd limitation. Despite the location and adventurous nature of the property, there is an element of style which makes this very much an individual lodge experience.


Accommodation for 12 guests is in six spacious and private A-frame thatched chalets set on low wooden platforms into the edge of the dense forest and palm groves at the back of the beach. Each chalet has a thatched roof…


The Mahale Mountains rise to some 8000 ft above sea-level on the western edge of Tanzania along the shores of Lake Tanganyika. The predominant habitat in one of sub-tropical forest, home to around 1000 chimpanzees and nine other…


Greystoke accepts children from 8 years old but is not a destination for young kids and the camp has no specific facilities for families with younger children. You also need to be 12 years or older to join chimpanzee tracking or general …

Conservation & community

Nomad Tanzania, owners of Greystoke, set up the Nomad Trust in 2007. The Trust supports wildlife and people in the remote areas in which Nomad operates where, bordering the national parks, human and wildlife conflict…

Location Mahale Mountains National Park
Access Twice weekly Scheduled or Charter flight into Mahale, then 1 hour dhow cruise
Open June to mid-March
Pricing £££££ and expensive to get to
Camp Style Safari lodge
Focus Chimpanzee tracking / Remote Wilderness / Birding / Relaxation
Children 8 years + (12+ for chimpanzee viewing)
Activities Guided walks including chimp tracking / Boat cruises / Canoes
Number of Rooms 6 chalets
Family Accommodation Triples possible
Bathroom Flush toilet / Plumbed basin / Plumbed shower
Power for charging Communal
Lighting Electric
Hairdryer Not possible
Heating/Cooling No
Room Safe Yes
Laundry Service Complimentary
Communication in room No
Wi-Fi No
Mobile Reception No
Swimming No
Wellness No
Dining Style Communal
Drinks Included House drinks
Credit Cards Visa and Mastercard