Live among the chimpanzees beside Lake

On a white sand beach at the pristine Lake Tanganyika, beneath the lushly forested Mahale Mountains, the rooms of the Greystoke Mahale camp stand tucked back into the forest line, allowing their natural surroundings to be seen in all their splendour. If guests listen closely, they will hear the rustling of chimpanzees and know that they are not the only ones who enjoy this natural paradise.

The camp is one of the best places in the world to observe these primates. Tracking them is the flagship activity at camp and guests can reach them in a 20-minute walk or even a three-hour hike depending on how deep in the forest the chimpanzees have settled. Alternatively guests can sail on a dhow across the rippling waters of Lake Tanganyika.

Made entirely out of wood reclaimed from wrecked dhows, the six thatched Bandas include an en suite bathroom, charmingly accessible by a short boardwalk. The Bandas feature deft touches - like ladders made from old fishermen's canoes - enhancing the castaway experience. The main Mess Banda is the only structure located on the beach and is a great place to enjoy a delicious dinner.

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