Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

Northern Safari, Tanzania

On Request

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Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

Cradled in the boughs of an ancient mahogany forest the Lake Manyara Tree Lodge blends into the natural beauty of its breathtaking surroundings. With only ten luxurious yet intimate suites located in a remote corner of the reserve, it offers an exclusive wildlife experience.


We Love
  • Only permanent lodge within the national park renowned for tree-climbing lions
  • Romantic tree-house suites with spectacular Rift Valley scenery and dramatic escarpment views
  • Incredible variety of habitats and wildlife including the soda lake with pink flamingos
  • Massive herds of elephant and buffalo, wild dog and giraffe
Need to Know
  • Lake Manyara Tree Lodge will be closed annually in April.
  • No single supplement is charged for the first two single rooms of a booking. Any additional rooms will be levied with a 50% supplement.
  • Please note that park fees and government charges may apply. Speak to your travel consultant for more details.

The Review

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is the only permanent lodge in the Manyara National Park. Situated in the park’s south-western region it is designed to exert minimal impact on the environment. Visitors to the lodge get an exclusive interpretive safari in a remote, game-rich wilderness.

Tanzania’s Lake Manyara National Park offers a true wilderness experience in diverse habitats, from its Rift Valley soda lake to dense woodlands and steep mountainsides. The park is famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions and the vast elephant families it was established to protect. The shores of the lake, encrusted with pink flamingo, attract more than 400 species of birds, many of them waterfowl or migrants.

Large herds of buffalo, cheetah, Masai giraffe and impala roam the lake’s shores and the forested valley slopes. Troops of several hundred olive baboon appear alongside Sykes monkey and short-eared galago. Cape clawless otter, Egyptian mongoose, hippo and klipspringer are other park residents.

Why Stay
The ten stilted tree-house suites, crafted from local timber and makuti palm fronds, boast a sophisticated blend of intimacy and romance. Each tree-house suite features generous decks suspended above the forest floor and large windows invite the lush forest inside. The classic elegant bedrooms are fitted with contemporary furnishing in neutral colours and textures, overhead fans and billowing mosquito nets. The bathrooms have freestanding baths with a forest view and an outdoor shower.

The day starts at dawn with morning tea/coffee and a discussion with your guide on what you hope to see that day. Set out in an open 4x4 safari vehicle in the company of your guide. Go in search of elephant, lion or the flocks of flamingo on the shores of the lake. Hot drink and snacks are carried on the vehicle.

Return to the camp for breakfast and lunch. There will be time for siesta and cool off in the pool before proceeding for a late afternoon game drive. The herds head out to the Lake to drink and bathe before settling down for the night, while the predators are warming up for the night's hunting. Stop at a scenic spot for sundowners to watch the sun sink under the horizon.

Getting There

There are no direct flights from UK to Tanzania. Options include Kenya Airways from Heathrow via Nairobi and Emirates from Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow, Birmingham, Heathrow and Gatwick via Dubai. You can fly to Dar-es-salaam or Arusha.

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is located on the southern border of the Lake Manyara National Park. Regional Air Services operate a twice-daily scheduled flight from Arusha airport to Manyara airstrip followed by a scenic 3 hour chauffeured game drive to the Lodge through the National Park. Coastal Air operates daily flights from Dar es Salaam to Lake Manyara Airstrip, followed by a scenic 2½-hour drive to the lodge through the national park, with game viewing en route.

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge Northern Safari, Tanzania