Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is renowned for its romantic stilted tree house suites that are shaded by a mahogany forest. Cradled in the boughs of an ancient mahogany forest, the lodge blends into the natural beauty of its breathtaking surroundings. After an exhilarating game drive, guests stop for sundowners on the lakeshore below the Great Rift Valley wall.

The lodge has only ten luxurious yet intimate suites located in a remote corner of the reserve. 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.

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is the only permanent lodge set in the remote southern region of the reserve, far from the park’s entrance gate. This means that game drives explore areas of the park that cannot be reached by day visitors and your game viewing is unlikely to be disturbed by vehicles from other lodges. Each morning and afternoon you will set off in the company of your guide and tracker team in an open 4x4 safari vehicle with a canvas canopy as protection from the sun. Your guide will help you explore the many diverse habitats of the park, stopping on the lake shore to admire the different bird species and look for pink flamingo. You will traverse a mosaic of acacia woodlands, grassy floodplains and tall forest in search of wildlife, including Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions and family herds of elephant.

Treehouse Suite(s)

Cradled in the boughs of ancient mahogany trees, ten stilted treehouse suites, crafted from local timber and makuti palm fronds, boast a sophisticated blend of intimacy and romance, offering privacy and exclusivity in cool, leafy surroundings. Each treehouse suite features generous decks suspended above the forest floor and large windows invite the lush forest inside.

The classically 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.

Family Suite

Crafted from local timber and makuti palm fronds, the Family Suite is cradled in the boughs of ancient trees. It boasts two classically elegant ensuite rooms, connected by an entrance hall. A generous deck suspends above the forest floor and large windows invite the lush forest inside. The main bathroom boasts a freestanding bath and an outdoor shower, whilst the second bathroom features a shower. The Family Suite can accommodate two adults and two children (three children can be accommodated on special request).

Game drives (Included)

andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is the only permanent lodge set in the remote southern region of the reserve, far from the park’s entrance gate. This means that game drives explore areas of the park that cannot be reached by day visitors and your game viewing is unlikely to be disturbed by vehicles from other lodges. Each morning and afternoon you will set off in the company of your guide and tracker team in an open 4x4 safari vehicle with a canvas canopy as protection from the sun. Your guide will help you explore the many diverse habitats of the park, stopping on the lake shore to admire the different bird species and look for pink flamingo. You will traverse a mosaic of acacia woodlands, grassy floodplains and tall forest in search of wildlife, including Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions and family herds of elephant. You may also choose to go out on a night game drive (available at an additional cost) to discover the nocturnal life of Africa’s predators.

Explore more of Lake Manyara (Included)

Guests who spend two or more nights at andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, will receive a complimentary game drive at night and a scenic bicycle ride exploring Lake Manyara. &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is one of the few places in Tanzania where guests can experience evening game drives, and the opportunity to encounter sightings of nocturnal predators.

The leisurely bike ride through the nearby Mayoka community is hosted throughout by an expert andBeyond guide. Guests can cycle through this bustling village and interact with the friendly, local people. They may even cross paths with the nomadic Mang’ati tribe (also known as the Datooga tribe), adorned with traditional animal skin cloaks, textured skirts and colourful beads. Once your guests have left the village behind, they can peddle on a picturesque route to the lakeshore, where they can admire bright pink flocks of flamingos.

A sleepout under the stars (Additional Cost)

Beyond your average fly camping experience. Spend an evening under a blanket of a million stars, on an unforgettable sleepout adventure, at &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge.  After your evening game drive*, you will be ushered to a secluded and exclusive sleepout spot within the Lake Manyara National Park. Here, luxuriously adorned beds, swathed in romantic netting, as well as a private campfire (and all the amenities you require to feel comfortable) await you. 

After a scrumptious dinner and a restful evening spent serenaded by the sounds of the Tanzanian wilderness, you will be collected and taken back to the lodge, in time for your morning game drive. 
Due to the nature of this experience, this adventure is for guests 16 years and older and has been crafted to cater for a minimum of two, and maximum of four, guests. A guide will be your host for the evening and there will be guards on patrol throughout the night to ensure your safety.
*Should a private vehicle be booked, guests can arrive at the sleepout venue as the sun is setting and can directly head out from there on an evening game drive.

Exploring Lake Manyara by Bicycle (Additional Cost)

Guests visiting andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge can enjoy a memorable scenic and cultural mountain biking excursion through the nearby Mayoka community, hosted throughout by an expert andBeyond guide. After a quick game drive to Mayoka, located just 4 km (2.5 miles) south of the lodge, you will collect your bicycle and embark a sensational journey. Begin your adventure by travelling through this bustling village and interacting with its friendly people. During your adventure, you might have the opportunity to encounter the nomadic Mang’ati tribe (also known as the Datooga tribe), who are adorned with traditional animal skin cloaks, skirts and colourful beads.
Once you have made your way through the village, you will continue along a picturesque route, which lends itself to exceptional photographic opportunities. The course eventually snakes its way towards the unforgettable surrounds of Lake Manyara, where you can admire the flocks of flamingos as well as other beautiful bird species that congregate along its shoreline. Nothing quite describes the extraordinary sight of the pink cloud that erupts over the lake as hundreds of magnificent flamingos take off in unison. All proceeds from this tour go directly to the Mayoka community.

Alternatively, should you not be inclined to hop onto a bicycle, there is a guided walk along the same route. Maximum of 14 guests, available at an additional cost.

Night Game Drives (Additional Cost)

Night game drive in Lake Manyara National Park to observe nocturnal wildlife. andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is one of the few places in Tanzania where guests can experience night game drives. As the sun sinks over Lake Manyara, the African bush comes to life with predators and other nocturnal creatures. Guests may have the opportunity to encounter fascinating species not normally seen in daylight.

Maasai Village Visit (Additional Cost)

Experience the unique culture and fascinating way of life of these tribal people. Guests are invited inside the low traditional homes known as enkaji, made using branches and twigs overlaid with a mixture of soil, cow dung and ash. Several enkaji are arranged in a circular fashion around a central livestock pen or kraal. Join in a traditional meal of milk and cow meat or sample other Maasai delicacies. The Maasai women, renowned for their exquisite beaded jewelery, will have a selection of handiworks available for sale.

Treetop walkway (Additional Cost)

Take to the trees on an unforgettable adventure in Tanzania’s spectacular Lake Manyara National Park. The Treetop Walkway offers a series of suspended bridges, flanked with netting for safety, which snake through a dense forest canopy to various viewing platforms. Reaching heights of up to 18 metres (59 feet), the platforms provide wonderful opportunities to enjoy a unique view of the surrounding wilderness.

Private Vehicle (Additional Cost)

With a dedicated game ranger and tracker, as well as a private game drive vehicle, guests have the luxury of tailor-making their own safari experience; choosing their own game drive times and spending as much time as they want at sightings.

andBeyond Foundation community trip (Additional Cost)

Visit the Kilimamoja School. Here you will have the opportunity to meet the headmistress of the first school in the district to build fully-equipped science laboratories, funded by the Africa Foundation. Get to meet a few of the students and teachers and explore the school. (School children will not be available during school holidays but guests can still do the community trip)

WILDchild Experiences and Adventures

&Beyond’s WILDChild programme was designed especially for children* visiting our safari lodges and camps in Africa. The programme at Lake Manyara Tree Lodge offers fun, interactive activities that allow children to flourish in an environment that advocates exploration, discovery and learning. Deeply rooted in a love for the African bush, it not only creates a series of unforgettable moments for the whole family, but forges strong bonds between our young guests, our planet and its people.

Exciting fun-filled activities

• Interpretive nature and butterfly walks

Walk around the camp alongside your very own guide, and participate in an adventure learning ranger skills. Discover how to tell different animal tracks apart, identify bugs and creepy crawlies, and learn about butterflies, birds, plants and so much more.

• Marshmallows and bao

Gather around a roaring fire in the evening, roast gooey marshmallows with new friends and ask your ranger to show you how to play the traditional East Africa bao board game.

• Wild young chefs

WILDChild kids can spend some time with our expert chefs in the interactive kitchen. Delight in baking the famous Manyara choc chip cookies – the perfect snack to enjoy on a game drive!

Participation in the WILDChild programme

*For safety reasons, there are age restrictions for certain lodge activities such as game drives or walking safaris.

Healing Earth Wellness Treatments (Additional Cost)

&Beyond has partnered with Healing Earth, a leading natural, eco-friendly and holistic spa & skincare company, to produce a truly authentic African spa experience for the mind, body and soul. Therapeutic in its approach, Healing Earth only uses all-natural ingredients and essential oils. The luxuriant spa products & soothing treatments are inspired by the wisdom of Africa’s traditional healers & celebrate our continent’s vibrant heritage, communities and plant life.

NUMBER OF TREEHOUSES
10

MAXIMUM GUESTS
20

CHILDREN
Yes - 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

CHILDMINDING
Available at an additional cost

TRIPLES

2 (children 16 years and younger)

TWIN BEDS
All convertible to double

AIR CONDITIONING 
No

OVERHEAD FANS
Yes

MOSQUITO NETS
Yes

BATH
Yes

LODGE POOL
Yes

OUTDOOR SHOWER
Yes

SEPARATE W.C
Yes

IN-ROOM SAFE
Yes

TELEPHONE
Yes

HAIRDRYER
Yes

LAUNDRY INCLUDED
Yes

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS
One wheelchair room available

DISTANCE BETWEEN ROOMS
20m / 66ft

CHECK IN / CHECK OUT
14h00 / 10h00

KOSHER FOOD
Not available

POWER
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 medical requirements

INTERNET ACCESS
Yes, wifi in guest area only

PRIVATE 4X4 SAFARI VEHICLE
Depending on availability and at additional cost

CREDIT CARDS
Visa, MasterCard and Amex

MASSAGE
In-room or in a massage sala suspended above the forest floor

EXERCISE EQUIPMENT
Gym in a basket available on request

WEATHER
Warm to hot climate year round to the proximity to the equator

RAINFALL
Rain generally occurs from April to May and again in November

TEMPERATURE
Temperatures are generally pleasant, with minimums of 15˚C / 59˚F and maximums of 40˚C / 104˚F

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
Lake Manyara is an excellent destination year-round. The best game viewing is from August to September and December to February

MALARIA
The lodge is situated in a malaria area and the necessary precautions should be taken

AIRSTRIP
Lake Manyara Airstrip is registered; coordinates are S03.22.00 and E35.48.00

CAMP CLOSURE
April

CURRENCY
US dollar bills printed prior to 2000 are not accepted in Kenya or Tanzania, as there was a large amount of illegal processing of dollar bills in East Africa during that time 

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Special: 

Intimate Treehouse Experience
Honeymoon Special - 50% off for your honey
* Valid for stays within 6 months of getting hitched (Covid exceptions in 2022). 

Long Stay Special - up to 15% off
* Valid for stays 6+ nights. Can combine with other properties. Not valid Jun-Sep.