Kungwe Beach Lodge offers authentic tented accommodation for just 21 guests on the soft-sand western shore of Lake Tanganyika. The surrounding Mahale Mountain forests are home to about a thousand chimpanzees and researchers in the park have spent more than half a century habituating one troop – called the ‘M group’’ – to humans. This extraordinary Tanzanian lodge puts you in close contact with this unique group of chimps for a rugged lake-forest safari combination.
When you are not tracking these intelligent, sensitive creatures, indulge in myriad water sports that vast Lake Tanganyika has to offer, including snorkelling its azure depths (it is the second-deepest lake in the world), kayaking and incredible fresh-water angling.
As the setting sun – having just painted the lake a rich apricot hue – slips behind the green Mahale Mountains and a fish eagle unmistakably cries out, sit down next to the crackling shore-side fire and enjoy a delicious barbeque under a silver-sequined night sky.