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About Mbali Mbali Mahale, mahale

About Mbali Mbali Mahale, mahale

Set on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, under the forested Mahale mountain range, Mbali Mbali Mahale occupies an idyllic beach location. The Mahale Mountains are home to the largest known populations of chimpanzee in the world, making tracking chimpanzees in the Mahale forest the highlight at this camp. Accommodating up to 20 guests, each tented banda faces the Lake Tanganyika, allowing personal wildlife viewing from private verandas. 

Lodge Details


A luxury tented Camp in a remote setting.


Situated on a long, idyllic stretch of Lake Tanganyika's sandy shores, close to the Mahale Mountains, Mbali Mbali Mahale is found in an area famous for its habituated chimpanzees.

Accommodation & Facilities

Ten luxury tented bandas raised on wooden platforms are spread along the beach. The tents are very spacious with en-suite showers and toilets located at the rear. Solar power is in keeping with the environmentally sound construction of the camp, which blends seamlessly with the surrounding forest. Each banda has its own large balcony overlooking the beach and lake.

Mbali Mbali Mahale has a lounge area with a small library and a dining area, which is built in the shape of a boat and is shipwrecked at one end of the beach. The lake’s sandy beach is a great place to relax and swimming is possible at all times of the day, with good snorkelling at one end of the beach. Every night a campfire is lit - the perfect end to the day watching the sun set over the distant mountains of the Congo.


Delicious African and international and cuisine is served in the unique dining area.


Chimpanzee tracking is the star attraction of Mahale and guided treks into the forest are taken daily. The length of the tracking depends on the movements of the chimpanzees but there is no limit on time spent observing the chimps. Other primates are often encountered and the forest is also home to leopard and bush pig. All safaris in the forest are on foot and require a general level of fitness.

There is excellent bird-watching in Mahale, and from November to February many migrant birds pass the lake. Other activities include fishing from traditional fishing boats, swimming, snorkelling and sailing on the lake.

Child Policy

Children are welcome at Mbali Mbali Mahale.

Responsible Tourism

Sensitive use of local materials, local employment in an area traditionally overlooked by tourism.

Want to stay here?

Contact one of our Destination Specialists to start planning your journey to include a stay here. Please note we recommend a budget of from £7,000 / $10,000 USD per person for our style of trip to this destination.

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