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Families (children aged over 12 years), Couples & Honeymoons
One of Africa’s most iconic camps, Greystoke Mahale is situated on a sandy beach along the shores of Lake Tanganyika at the base of the Mahale Mountains in western Tanzania. This remote area is home to the world's largest known population of wild chimpanzees and Greystoke’s main attraction is the opportunity to track the chimps on foot from the camp with experienced local guides.
You’ll hike up the steep forested slopes behind the camp in search of chimpanzees and eight other species of primates that live in this area, and there’s also a chance to spot leopard, bushbuck, bushpig, and a variety of colourful birds and butterflies.
As you trek through the lush forest you’ll hear chimpanzees screech and hoot around you before you actually catch sight of them, and once you’ve found the chimps you’ll spend an unforgettable hour watching them play on the forest floor and swing through the trees, before heading back down the mountain to the camp.
After your exhilarating up-close encounter with wild chimpanzees you can spend the afternoon relaxing on the beautiful beach, or kayaking, swimming or snorkeling on the crystal clear lake. A sunset cruise on a traditional dhow followed by a delicious three-course dinner on the beach under the stars, is the perfect way to end this unforgettable day.
Please note: Children over 8 years are welcome at the camp, however children under the age of 12 are not permitted to track chimpanzees. The lodge is closed from mid-March to early June.