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 Mahale was simple tents. So when Nomad built Greystoke Mahale, wanting it to be as unique as its setting, it was important that it didn’t dominate its sensational natural surroundings.

The rooms where built almost entirely of sustainable materials and where designed to tuck back into the forest line, so that your only view is of beach, and the lake beyond. All the wood was reclaimed from wrecked or retired dhows bought from villages along the lake shore. Greystoke Mahale 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.Your days can start there, eating breakfast whilst waiting to hear news of the chimps and deciding what to do with your day. Evenings end with sundowners on the rocks of the headland, where drinks are served around the lamp-lit bar whilst the mountains, rising behind camp, disappear into the darkness