"The air is scented with jasmine, the forest rich, the water of the lake gin-clear and lightly chilled. And if I dare to put an imprint on this paradise I had better get it right" - Roland Purcell
Roland Purcell discovered the barefoot paradise of Mahale in the 1980s whilst on a long walkabout around East Africa.
Here he found that a small group of chimpanzees had been habituated by a Japanese research in a project that had spanned the previous fifteen years.
Whether it was the lake's gin-clear waters or the forested mountains that drew him in, it's hard to know, but he sat down on the white sand that perfect day in June 1988 and decided he wasn't going to leave.
A year later, Zoe came there too, and made the same decision. As months and years passed together in this far-flung place, they created an extraordinary life , a castaway family and the amazing fantasy camp of Greystoke Mahale.