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Greystoke Mahale

The Original Mahale Camp

Greystoke Mahale is nestled on a white sand beach in Lake Tanganyika. Towering behind the lodge are the Mahale Mountains, home to one of the largest known populations of wild Chimpanzees left on our planet.

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Wed, Jan 3, 2018

The Mahale Soundtrack

I was just about to sit down and tell you all about how we celebrated New Year’s Eve here at Greystoke Mahale with the latest group of truly wonderful guests we waved goodbye this morning. Yet before, I took a moment to look at their comments in our guest book… and what I found is so absolutely brilliant that I decided there are no better words for 2018’s first chapter:

I AM A CHIMPTREKKER

FOLLOWING KING MAKERS

USING THESE BUSH WACKERS

TO CUT PATHS FOR SPECTATORS

NOMADS THE CLAN

M GROUPS THE FAM

MAHALE “FIVING” OUR WAY TO

THE HEARTS OF FANS

OOO OOO AH AH

THAT IS THE CALL

DON’ FREAKING OUT

WHEN THESE CHIMPS COME CLOSER TO YA’LL

LED BY PRIMUS

DON’T GET IT TWISTED

THIS CAMP IS BETTER THAN ANY

GORILLA MISTED!

YOU FEELING FANCY

AND FANCY A HADSY WITH CHIMPANZEES

EVEN THOSE IN IN-FANCY ARE SWEETER THAN

TANZANIAN CANDIES!

OO AHS THE CALL

KARIBUNI TO YA’LL

KWAHERI MY FRIENDS

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN TO PASS ON THE BALL…

A huge thank you to the lovely Jenn and Brandon for these wonderful words, and to Kenneth for capturing this twisted little guy smile

The New Year is no blank page anymore and a lot more memories are about to be created. We are looking forward with a lot of excitement to everything that is about to come. On behalf of the entire Greystoke family we are sending our very best wishes to all of you and hope you have a magical and peaceful New Year!

Barbara and Fabio


Fri, Dec 15, 2017

New beginnings

We welcome a new couple to the shores of Mahale, and look forward to a whole new chapter of adventures with Fabio and Barbara. Here is a little from the new Greystoke camp managers. 

"A new life... I don’t believe in magic and yet there is something so special about this place that makes you think again. In 2014 we travelled to Greystoke Mahale for the first time and our lives changed. Since then we have been coming back year after year, and this time we are here to stay. For the last three weeks we have been busy finding our feet on this white sandy beach we now call home on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, and settling into our new roles as camp managers.

It is good manners when moving into a new place to greet your neighbours, and that is just what we did. We started at the top and paid our respects to Primus the alpha male, we then popped over to see the baby vervet, and finished with the youngsters who have grown considerably since our last visit. We have found a new family with this fantastic team in camp and we are already building friendships with all the resident creatures around.

We are so excited to share our adventures with you all and create new memories with everyone who comes to visit us and get a taste of the Mahale magic.

Barbara & Fabio, Greystoke Mahale


Mon, Dec 4, 2017

Goodbyes at Greystoke

Greystoke Mahale says goodbye to its beloved camp manager, Julien, as he migrates to our Sand Rivers camp in the Selous.

Some heartfelt parting words…


The time has come for me to leave this wonderland that is Greystoke Mahale, and has been my home for two magical years. Nature, the pan-hooding of the chimps, my super-extraordinary-loving staff, guests who become friends, the fish and creatures of the Lake… oh my …I can hardly believe my turn has come and I am really leaving Greystoke Mahale! A two year long love affair, I will forever be grateful to Greystoke Mahale, I gave you my heart and soul and you gave me yours right back. THANK YOU! 


Thank you Primus, our Alpha Male, let your reign be long King of the Forest! Take care of the M-Community, take care of your wonderful family, you all legends of the great apes, keep pan-hooding, pan-grounding, pan-smacking, pan-everything.


Thank you little boy, keep playing in the trees, hanging to your mother, discovering the forest, and eating fresh fruits.


Thank you princess Juliette and Georgette, you fatty girls, what a joy when you are hanging around the main area, begging for attention and love.


Thank you my darling Joey. Take care of baby Vervet, I will so miss your visits to my office my dear ;)


Thank you buddy Big Bird. You left too early and we miss you everyday when out on the water. Fly high my friend.


And of course thank you to my amaaaaaaaazing staff! The A-Team, the Dream Staff, the Rocking Staff, for sure I was the luckiest manager ever! You will always be in my heart.


Putting this down into words is one of the hardest things I have had to do - Goodbye my Greystoke Mahale, I will always love you. 

Julien ;)


Thu, Oct 26, 2017

Our Giant Pangolin Sighting

Today I would like to present to you one of the most extraordinary sightings in our Greystoke Mahale history. On a typical day in Greystoke, our guides set off chimp trekking with guests from camp. But not far into their journey, the group came across a giant pangolin. The giant pangolin is even more rare than the ground pangolins that are found across the Savannah, lucky folk who get even this once in a lifetime encounter. 

I tell you this have been one of my life goals and for years I have been trying to catch sight of these elusive creatures. I have even resorted to a camera trap, but still never had any luck. So you can imagine my delight to be told that one has been spotted not far from camp by our guests, but also my horror as I wasn't there to witness it with my own eyes, as I was holding the fort back at camp. It seems these creatures will continue to haunt me, but at least now I know that they are out there and I will keep looking out for them. So my plight continues. 


Fri, Aug 25, 2017

A King’s Reign

Right at the top of the chimpanzee hierarchy sits the Alpha Male, whose position and popularity in the community is determined by his individual character. Much like us humans, the alpha male can be a good or bad guy. While some are loved by their subjects and adopt on a friendly style of rule, others abuse the power and can become aggressive tyrants who won't hesitate to injure or kill an opponent. 

A third type of alpha male is the acute machiavellians, who build their power on wit and manipulation. Friendships become a ploy to recruit followers and a tool to leverage political advantage, old friends are quickly forgotten when they no longer offer a strategic value.

Manipulation, self-interest, bribes … you can't escape dirty politics even in the bush.

Currently in the hot seat is Primus, who has been our beloved alpha male for the past six years, a good king, respected and loved by most. But after such a long reign, he needs to watch his back. Only last Christmas there was a failed coup d-etat. 

Now there are signs that things could change, with a new male gaining trust in the group. Teddy pictured below is 15 years old, very clear, extremely strong, and loved by all. We see him as great King material, lets wait and see…


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