On a far-flung beach along the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika , below a huge story-book tropical forest, lies the tiny sanctuary of Greystoke Mahale. The water is as clear as gin, the air scented and the living is very easy indeed. The forested slopes of the Mahale Mountains rise behind camp, home to the world’s largest known population of chimpanzees, with approximately 1000 individuals inhabiting the national park. Each day you can venture out into the forest, to observe and commune with these, our closest relatives, as they groom , wrestle and forage across the leafy floor.

Kangwena Beach on the edge of Lake Tanganyika in the Mahale Mountains National Park, western Tanzania.

The six double bandas are set the edge of the forest and base of the mountains, looking out over the beach and lake.

The magical forests of the Mahale Mountains, and the many animals who inhabit it including other primates, bushbuck, bush pig, leopard, and amazing birds. Hiking into the forest in search of the chimps. Dinner on the beach under the stars, and sundowners on the dhow. Kayaking, and fishing in the clear waters of the lake.