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.

Morning Game Drive

As dawn breaks over the Rift Valley, a gentle tap on your door will wake you to the delights of a new day. Your guide will discuss what you hope to see that day over fragrant tea or coffee and morning biscuits or rusks. Explore the remote southern reaches of the Park 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. Your guide will break for a hot drink and a snack to refresh you.

Breakfast

Return to the lodge for a delicious breakfast, with platters of fruit and cheese followed by a selection of hot breakfast dishes. Choose from eggs, oats, waffles or a number of other options.

Lunch

Relax in your leafy treehouse until it is time for lunch or watch your meal being prepared in the interactive kitchen.

Afternoon Tea

Cool off with a refreshing dip in the lodge pool or indulge in a siesta. Over a late afternoon tea, your guide will discuss your plans for the afternoon game drive.

Afternoon Game Drive

Head off in search of the wildlife in the cooler late afternoon. 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.

Dinner

Back at the Lodge, a mouthwatering dinner is waiting in the lamplit boma.

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GAME DRIVES

&Beyond 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.

 

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NIGHT GAME DRIVE

Night game drive in Lake Manyara National Park to observe nocturnal wildlife.
&Beyond 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.

Available at an additional cost

 

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EXPLORING LAKE MANYARA BY BICYCLE

Guests visiting &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge can enjoy a memorable scenic and cultural mountain biking excursion through the nearby Mayoka community, hosted throughout by an expert &Beyond 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.

 

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MAASAI VILLAGE VISIT

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 jewellery, will have a selection of handiworks available for sale.

Available at an additional cost

 
 

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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