How do I begin to describe Manyara Ranch Conservancy and the days we spent there? Words are not adequate, but I will try to tell you about an "experience of a lifetime". Our family (3 of us) had been traveling through Kenya and Tanzania for almost 2 weeks when we arrived at Manyara Ranch. We had seen so many amazing things already on our safari. As we approached Manyara Ranch, it reminded me on the vast plains of Wyoming, but a "new world" was about to open up for us!
It was early evening when we arrived at Manyara Ranch, and we were greeted by the broad smiles and opened arms of Chris, Jo and the staff at Manyara Ranch. They took us to our wonderful tents, and later, we enjoyed a delicious dinner. The accomodations at Manyara Ranch are splendid in everyway--- the tents, the food, the staff! Exceptional!!!
Now, to try and tell you about some of the other things that make Manyara Ranch so differnt and like no other place! First, let me say that Chris and Jo take you on this amazing safari. Their knowledge and love for Tanzania and Manyara Ranch are infectious. You begin to understand that you are in a very special place.
When we awoke the next morning, coffee and tea were waiting for us on the porch of our tent -- along with some delicious pre-breakfast pastries. We stepped outside to a magnificent sunrise and a group of giraffes and zebras lazily grazing about 150 yards away. The animals at Manyara Ranch Conservancy roam freely through the corridor ( not hindered by fences ) and you know that you are in "their" world - not a world that man has contrived for them! Our 2 days were spent on walking safaris --- yes, WALKING safaris and on horseback (many other things are also available). We were thrilled to be out of the jeeps and really walking where the animals walked! We had the amazing experience of watching prides of lions from 80 yards away and searching for cheetahs in the bush. Chris and Jo shared their vast knowledged of the habitats and customs of all the flora and fauna. What a learning experience! In the evenings (or at sunrise) we went to the "blind or hide" at the watering hole and watched the animals and birds come and go --- never knowing what would top the hill next or fly in. We observed the elephants, zebras, giraffes, birds, lions, etc. (while having a lovely glass of wine and some "bites"). As the sun disappeared, we continued to watch the liones watch over her cubs ---- as they played and rolled on the grassy hillside. Then we pulled out the spotlight (also with the extra benefit of a full moon) and had a night game drive back to our tented camp. After a great dinner filled with fabulous food, hearty laughter, and lots of stories - we went to bed! The next morning we were greeted by a herd of elephants grazing outside our tent where the giraffes and zebras had been the morning before...
I must close (which is difficult ... just like leaving Manyara Ranch Conservancy)!
Our time at Manyara Ranch was coming to an end. As we stepped back into the Landover and I looked back at Chris, Jo and all the staff at Manyara Ranch (smiling and waving farewell) my heart took a skip and I had to catch my breath. I knew I was taking part of their spirit and love for this land with me --- and I was leaving part of my soul behind. What a blessing! What a gift! Thank you! Gayle, Joel, and Will
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