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.

UNLEASH IT: EXPERIENCE THE FAMOUS TREE-CLIMBING LIONS AT LAKE MANYARA LODGE.
 

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.

Wildlife
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.

Experience
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

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge


Serengeti National Park
Each suite is a lofty tree house with private veranda and large windows that open up to the lush forest, welcoming in the sights and sounds of the African bush. Woodchip paths and natural branch railings blur the edges between the natural and the manmade, while wooden interiors and thatched roofs invite the surrounding forest indoors. Spacious bedrooms and sitting rooms float in a sea of green, opening up onto a leafy canopy. Even a soak in the large, free-standing tub offers a panoramic view, with an open air shower behind a simple bamboo screen.

Rating                             Classic Camp
Type                               Safari Camp
No. Rooms                       10 classic tents
Max Occupants                 20 guests
Occupancy/Tent                2 adults
Triple                              2 (children 16 years and younger)
Interests                          Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Internet                           Yes, within guest area only
Credit Cards                     Visa and Master Card

Electricity & Water
The camp has 220v AC. Please note that the generator is generally switched off overnight; with prior notice we are able to provide 24-hour electricity for guests with special requirements


Policies

Children Policy
Travel to Tanzania is recommended for children 8 years or older
Children 5 years and younger cannot participate in regular game drives;
children aged 6 to 11 can participate in regular game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion.

Other Policies
All stocked drinks are included in the nightly tariff.
Laundry is done daily and is inclusive in the nightly tariff with the exception of “smalls” i.e. underwear, which are not washed due to local customs.
Curios and tips/gratuities can be settled on check out. Payment by credit cards is not accepted.

Taxes and fees
All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay.
A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.
Please note that park fees and government charges may apply. Speak to your travel consultant for more details.

Additional Services
Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
Check in:     12:00 PM
Check out:     11:00 AM
Suggested stay:  1 night

 

Manyara National Park

Created to protect its magnificent elephant herds, Manyara National Park is equally famous for the unusual behaviour of its tree-climbing lions as for the flocks of pink flamingos that inhabit the lake's shores. Large numbers of buffalo, cheetah, leopard, Maasai giraffe and hippo can all the encountered. The park is also a birdwatcher’s paradise, with more than 400 species, particularly waterfowl and migrants. In October, migrant species arrive at Manyara from as far as the Arctic. The tree-climbing lions of Lake Manyara, which prefer resting in tree branches during the day rather than dozing on the ground, have become iconic of this incredible park.

Another evocative image from the shores of Lake Manyara is the huge flocks of flamingo that feed in the shallows of the lakes during much of the year, often perched on one leg and with their heads inverted under the water as they feed on the algae that thrive in these saline waters. Unlike the flamingos, hippo rarely venture too far out into the alkaline waters of Lake Manyara, preferring the stream-fed pools of fresh water along its shores. While these huge mammals spend most of the day in the water, after dark they emerge to feed on the floodplain.

The reserve is considered to have the highest density of the olive baboon anywhere in Africa, with troops of up to 200 members. The acacia dominated woodlands around Lake Manyara provide the perfect habitat for the Maasai giraffe.

With its ample water and luscious vegetation, Lake Manyara attracts an incredible amount of bird species. Perhaps the most elegant of these is the grey crowned crane, with its extravagant crown and long legs. One of the most spectacular sights in the birding world is the courtship dance, when groups of birds assemble before breeding season.  


When to go

Warm to hot climate year round due to proximity to the equator. Rain generally occurs from April to May and again in November. Temperatures are generally pleasant, with minimums of 15˚C / 59˚F and maximums of 40˚C / 104˚F. Lake Manyara is an excellent destination year-round. The best game viewing is from August to September and December to February.

Currency    
US dollar bills printed between 1996 and 1999 are not accepted in Kenya or Tanzania, as there was a large amount of illegal processing of dollar bills in East African during that time. Traveller’s cheques are no longer accepted in Kenya due to fraud

Visa and Health
The camp is situated in a malaria area and the necessary precautions should be taken

British passport holders require a visa to enter. These can be obtained on arrival at main points of entry or from Tanzania High Commission for £40 per person. Children require visas and fee is same as adults. There is no appointment system.  

The following is required for each application:
    A completed visa application form
    Original passport, which must be valid for at least the next 6 months from date of application
    2 recent passport photographs (scanned photos printed on ordinary paper will not be accepted)
    Visa fee £40.00 in cash/postal order payable to Tanzania High Commission

The office is open on weekdays except on UK and Tanzania National holidays
Opening Times: 10am - 12.30pm: Visa applications
14.00pm – 15.30pm: Visa Collection


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 Airstrip
Coordinates          S 03˚22.00”     E 035˚48.00”
GPS Coordinates    S 03˚40.076’    E 035˚44.767’
Camp Closure        April