Southern tanzania
Swahili Coast
Hippo tours
Southern Tanzania
Selous Game Reserve
Ruaha National Park
Mahale Mountains
Katavi National Park
Best time to visit
June to march
  Outside of the rainy seasons. Remote location becomes marooned isolation when the weather changes.

Mahale is an Earthly Eden, a divine playground of lush vegetation, virgin rainforest, high peaks, gin-clear lake waters and troops of man's closest living relative, the Chimpanzee. Nestled in a remote packet aside Lake Tanganyika, Mahale is accessible only by boat, a boat ride along forested shores of white sand and towering verdant peaks. It is the best safari approach of any park in Tanzania.

Mahale's principle attraction are the populations of chimpanzee that live in the forest, saved by the lack of roads and the protection of the National Park and habituated to human presence by the most devoted succession of Japanese primatologists. There are thought to be over 700 chimps in Mahale, but guests visit the M group, whose territory extends closest to the areas accessible to guests.

Compared to chimp encounters elsewhere, notably in Uganda, we found the chimps of Mahale to be the most accessible and the most uncaring of our presence. The studied nonchalance adopted by the chimps in these situations is very real, and the sense of having been amongst them as they go about their routine, rather than watching them watching us warily, is what makes this arguably the most genuine of wildlife encounters.

With swimming, hiking, birding, fishing and even snorkeling available, it is also what makes Mahale the most genuine of destinations. Any God would be proud to call this their home.

Greystoke Camp
On a golden bay in the middle of this natural playground, there sits Greystoke, heralded by the mess tent. Part Tarzan/ part Apollo 11, this unique structure of white canvas, rustic pole and makuti thatch sets the tone for one of Africa's most idiosyncratic safari camps, with six open-fronted bandas spaced elegantly beneath the canopy, facing the lake. The food is without comparison, the management of stylish castaway charm, the service impeccable. Truly, truly remarkable.

A few more days…