GREYSTOKE MAHALE

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Located on a white sandy beach at the foot of the Mahale Mountains National Park, overlooking the Tanganyika Lake, Greystoke Mahale camp has been established more than twenty years ago by the Irish adventurer, Roland Purcell.  For many years the camp was simple tents, but today it consists of six double wood and thatch bandas set on the edge of the forest line at the base of the mountains. The Mahale Mountains are home to one of the largest populations of chimpanzees in Africa. Each day, you will be able to watch them during their daily lives, while they remain entirely indifferent to your presence. It’s no exaggeration to say there’s nowhere in the world like Greystoke Mahale.

Greystoke Mahale bandas were built almost entirely from sustainable materials sourced on the Tanganyika Lake. All the wood was reclaimed from wrecked or retired dhows bought from villages along the lakeshore. They have used old fisherman’s canoes as ladders and thatch from palm trees gathered outside the National Park for the roofs. Most of the vegetables served at the camp come from a community vegetable garden Nomad Tanzania has set up and which provides a valuable local income. Greystoke Mahale is part of Nomad Tanzania, one of East Africa's original safari companies. They have been operating for the past 20 years and have invested in local people and conservation in a number of ways. For many years, they have been providing their Tanzanian guides with micro-finance loans to buy their own safari vehicles. They then hire the guides and their cars, allowing them to earn a decent income. Nomad Tanzania is also offering their guides the most continuous and rigorous guide training program in Tanzania to make them amongst the best in the African Safari industry. Being actively involved in conservation and committed to sustainable management of Tanzania’s wildlife and habitats, Nomad Tanzania also supports worthwhile projects around the country.