Lake Manyara Tree Lodge
Serengeti & Northern Tanzania, Tanzania
Serengeti & Northern Tanzania, Tanzania
LAKE MANYARA, TANZANIA
Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is a romantic treehouse set in Tanzania’s Lake Manyara National Park. Set amidst an ancient mahogany forest, it’s designed to blend into the natural beauty of its breathtaking surroundings with minimal impact on the environment. Situated in the park’s south-western region, Lake Manyara Tree Lodge has only ten luxurious yet intimate suites, offering an exclusive wildlife experience.
Lake Manyara National Park is a spectacular reserve that boasts an incredible diversity of terrain, as well as plant and animal species. Although small in comparison to other national parks in Tanzania, it’s famous for the unusual behaviour of its tree-climbing lions, flocks of pink flamingos that inhabit the lake's shores and a high density of olive baboons. Lake Manyara Tree Lodge’s close proximity to the Lake Manyara, allows a relaxed and intimate view of the wildlife that is found around the lodge.
Game drives are in open 4x4 vehicles, led by experienced rangers and guides. The wildlife in Lake Manyara National Park is used to the presence of humans, thus making game drives and night drives all the more rewarding. Lake Manyara attracts an incredible amount of bird species which is interesting for birdwatchers. Maasai naturalists can lead you on bush walks in the vicinity of the camp, providing an ideal opportunity for you to see the fascinating fauna and flora.
Lake Manyara Tree Lodge LAKE MANYARA, TANZANIA
Stay Lake Manyara Tree Lodge in Tanzania’s Lake Manyara National Park has ten romantic stilted treehouse suites. 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 an outdoor shower against a bamboo screen.
The Camp The main guest areas at the Lake Manyara Tree Lodge include a well-furnished dining and sitting area with a forest boma where meals are served. Breakfasts, picnic lunches, and sundowners are taken on the lakeshore, while lunches can be taken on private decks nestled in the mahogany forest. Dinner is around the sandy boma which is lit by lanterns and roaring fires at night.
ChildCare Children of 5 years and above are welcome to stay at the Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, but there are no specific facilities available. Children aged 6 to 11 can participate in regular game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion. Children of 17 years and above will be charged at full rate.
Safari 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 salt encrusted shores attract pink flamingo and the surrounding forest with over 400 species of birds, many of them waterfowl or migrants. Other animals seen are large herds of buffalo, baboon, cheetah, Masai giraffe and impala that roam the lake’s shores and the forested valley slopes.
Experience The day at the Lake Manyara Tree Lodge 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, when the herds head out to the Lake to drink.
Location Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is located in the remote southern end of Lake Manyara National Park, northern Tanzania. It is the only lodge in the Park. Here the Great Rift Valley is at its most impressive, with the Escarpment dropping some 500 metres (1640 feet) down to the flamingo-rimmed shore of the lake.
Getting There There are no direct flights from UK to Tanzania. Options include Kenya Airways from Heathrow to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. From Nairobi it's then a 1-hour international flight to Arusha Airport. A number of airlines operate scheduled flights from Arusha Airport and Coastal Air operates daily flights from Dar es Salaam to Lake Manyara Airstrip, followed by a scenic 2-hour 30-minute drive to the Tree Lodge through the national park, with game viewing en route.
When to go Tanzania summer is from September to January while July is the coolest month. Rain generally occurs from March to May and again in November and December. January and February are again dry (the short dry season) so this is another good time to visit. Generally, temperatures are pleasant, sometimes rising above 32˚C / 90˚F and rarely dropping below 10˚C / 50˚F.