Change Location

Select your country below for local telephone numbers and guide prices

Book with confidence. Find out more

Mbali Mbali Mahale

  • Comfortable accommodation on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Mahale Mountains N.P.
  • Ten safari rooms, including a triple room to suit a small family
  • Lovely lounge, dining area, outdoor dining around a campfire
  • Chimpanzee trekking, forest walks, boat trips, kayaking, fishing
When To Visit Mahale Mountains National Park:
When To Visit Mahale Mountains National Park:
left arrow image right arrow image
"Offering a slight price saving from nearby Greystoke, Mbali Mbali Mahale suffers due to the reputation of its more famous neighbour. And the reality is we will always push Greystoke due to the wow factor of the location!"


The property is owned and operated by Mbali Mbali, who specialise in providing accommodation in Tanzania. Previously called Kungwe, Mbali Mbali Mahale is suitable for most types of traveller and an excellent option if you are interested in a bush-and-beach holiday.  


The lodge is accessed via road transfer from Mahale Airstrip, a journey of approximately one-and-a-half hours. 


Once you have arrived, you can take time to relax in the communal building, a timber-and-thatch dhow-shaped construction positioned on the lake shores. A short flight of wooden steps forms the entrance, and the lodge is open sided to provide superb views across golden sands to the sparkling waters beyond. Behind, there are palm trees and other tropical vegetation, and the majestic mountains of Mahale loom on the horizon. The lounge contains comfortable sofas and armchairs around campaign-style coffee tables, while the dining area has chic little separate tables flanked by campaign chairs and a selection of drinks displayed on a sturdy chest. Descending onto the beach, you will find sunloungers set out under parasols, a fire-pit area, and the lodge’s own jetty, which marks the starting point of many a boating safari.

Guest accommodation at Kungwe consists of ten safari rooms, all nestled into the treeline to offer some cooling shade. In common with the communal lodge, they are raised on a wooden deck and sheltered by thatch roofing. A few steps take you up onto a private balcony, which has a couple of chairs, a coffee table, and beautiful beach views. Inside each room, there is a four-poster double bed or twin beds complete with mosquito nets, as well as a writing desk and chair, a luggage rack, and a lockable Zanzibar chest for valuable items.


Mbali Mbali Mahale offers an exciting assortment of activities:

  • Top of the list is chimpanzee trekking, which takes place in the wildlife-rich forests of Mahale Mountains National Park nearby.
  • As your guide leads you through the trees, you might well catch a glimpse of Angolan black-and-white colobus monkey, giant forest squirrel, red-legged sun squirrel, brush-tailed porcupine, bushy-tailed mongoose, banded mongoose, blue duiker, and Sharpe’s grysbok.
  • However, the chimps are the undisputed stars of the show here. Finding them may take up to a few hours, and the forest terrain is quite hard going at times, but the pleasure of spending time in their company is well worth the trek. These are truly fascinating creatures – so familiar, yet strange at the same time.
  • The forest is home to a thrilling assortment of birds and butterflies too, and your guide is also skilled in helping you to recognise species and generally to appreciate all the little life-forms in this enthralling part of the world.
  • Back at the Lodge, there’s plenty to do on Lake Tanganyika – boat trips, kayaking, and fishing.
  • The lake contains a vast variety of reptiles, fish, molluscs, and crustaceans, perfect for blue safari fans.
  • And at the end of each day, you can relax around a campfire on the beach and admire the sunset over the distant mountains.

*This property is unfenced and located in a wildlife area, so large and potentially dangerous animals do pass through. If you opt to stay here, always be alert when walking around the camp and request for a member of staff to escort you if you have any concerns. Any guest is escorted after dark as a matter of course.

Mahale Mountains National Park

Why Trust Yellow Zebra with your African Safari?

"Yellow Zebra are genuine specialists; they know the African bush like the back of their hand."

Brian Jackman, safari expert for The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, Condé Nast, and the BBC

'Europe's Leading Safari Tour Operator' at the World Travel Awards

10 years in a row, since 2015

Receive news & offers from Yellow Zebra