Greystoke Mahale is situated on a white sandy beach overlooking Lake Tanganyika, with the slopes of the Mahale Mountains rising behind.
The camp has just 6 wood and thatch bandas set on the edge of the forest line at the base of the mountains. Each has an en suite bathroom - accessible by a short boardwalk - with hot and cold running water, showers and flush toilets. There is also a dressing room and upstairs chill-out deck. Guests can dine in the main mess banda on the beach and enjoy sundowners in the bar on the rocks at the end of the beach.
Activities at Greystoke include hikes along the forest paths looking for birds and butterflies, as well as the other shy mammals who live there. Swim in ice-cold pools up in the mountain waterfalls, take a kayak out for a dawn paddle towards the middle of the lake; drink your morning coffee there and enjoy the sunrise coming up over the mountains.
The main highlight at Greystoke Mahale is the chimpanzee trekking. After tracking them, for an hour or two, you will suddenly be aware that they are everywhere. For the next hour you can quietly watch them go about their daily life. This interaction allows guests to become aware of the subtleties of different relationships, through gesture, sound and expression. There is humour too as the young chimps fall about the floor and play remarkably human games. Treks are permitted for just two groups of six each day, guided by a ranger and tracker, meaning that this experience is intimate and truly unforgettable.