Greystoke Mahale Tanzania
Greystoke Mahale sits on a pristine, white sandy beach overlooking the turquoise water of Lake Tanganyika, with the forested slopes of the 8000 ft Mahale Mountains rising behind.
The rooms are tucked back into the forest line, so that your only view is of beach, and the lake beyond.
All the wood used for building the lodge was reclaimed from wrecked or retired dhows bought (after much haggling) from villages along the lakeshore. Old fisherman’s canoes have been usedas 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 the camp. Here is where you can look out over the lake to the mountains of the Congo in the haze beyond.
Your days can 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 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.