Greystoke Mahale****

Greystoke Mahale sits on a pristine, white sandy beach overlooking the turquoise water of Lake Tanganyika, with the forested slopes of the 8000 ft Mahale Mountains rising behind. For many years our camp in Mahale was simple tents. So when we built Greystoke Mahale, while we wanted it to be as unique as its setting, it was important that it didn’t dominate its sensational natural surroundings. It’s also why we chose to make the rooms almost entirely from sustainable materials sourced here on Lake Tanganyika. All the wood was reclaimed from wrecked or retired dhows bought (after much haggling) from villages along the lakeshore. We’ve used old fisherman’s canoes as ladders and thatch from palm trees gathered outside the national park for the roofs.

The main mess is the only structure on the beach and it’s the focal point of camp. Here is where you can look out over the lake to the mountains of the Congo in the haze beyond. Greystoke affects us in a way that no other place does; we think it’s because of its remoteness, and because of the mountains rising from the beach at our backs, the wide lake with its many different moods and the feeling that we are the only ones here. Little has changed since we first landed on the beach.

Accommodation : Greystoke Mahale has just 6 wood and thatch bandas set on the edge of the forest line at the base of the mountains. Each one has an en-suite bathroom – accessible by a short boardwalk – with hot and cold running water, strong showers and flush toilets. Dressing room and upstairs chill-out deck.

Dining : Dine in the main mess banda on the beach and enjoy sundowners in the bar on the rocks at the end of the beach.

Kungwe Beach Lodge*****

Set deep in the heart of the African interior on a stretch of secluded golden beach, Kungwe Beach Lodge is the perfect blend of comfort and luxury in a romantic setting.

With the chain of wild, jungle-draped Mountians rising high up behind, the lodge is ideally positioned along the beach under the tropical shade of the Mahale forest with breathtaking views over the crystal clear waters of Lake Tanganyika.

The raised thatched mess, built in the shape of a Dhouw boat, is where most meals are served and also offers a cozy lounge area, with a small selection of books and board games for lazy afternoons.

Guests enjoy sundowners and share their adventures of the day around a crackling fire whilst the sun slowly slips over the mountians of Congo.

Accommodation : The light, airy and spacious tents, scattered along the beach are furnished in the traditional ‘safari’ style and the secluded patio’s offers wide views extending over the Lake. Each tent features an en-suite bathroom with an open-feel shower and a full range of guest amenities.

Dining : Barbeque candlelit dinners are served on the beach, to the unique sounds of Africa – beetles, crickets and the night calls of chimpanzees, the only way to relax after a perfect day!