When my driver pulled up to the ranch, I immediately thought he must have taken me to the wrong place. We seemed to be in the middle of nowhere, and there was nobody around. Then out of no where, the manager and staff arrived to greet me. They walked me back to the main tent, and I was taken aback. This was unlike any camping I have ever done! There was a gorgeous tent with beautiful furniture right here in the middle of no where!
After giving me the run down, I was brought to my "tent" and again, was taken aback. This place was gorgeous and clearly unlike any tent I have ever stayed in! There was running water, including hot water and a flushing toilet, and 24 hour electricity. The room was very tastefully decorated and even included a nice terry cloth robe, flashlight, umbrella, and slippers! They have really thought of everything.
Even though I was the only guest staying there, the staff never made me feel like I was a burden. They waited on me hand and foot. We went on an hour walking safari which was gorgeous, and then had a campfire to watch the sun go down. The manager and his wife (a lovely couple) even joined me for sundowner drinks and dinner.
After dinner and some more cocktails (all meals and drinks are included) we went on a night game drive which was also a first for me. We spent a little over an hour going off road looking for nocturnal animals.
Overall, this was an incredible experience and with only 6 tents, it is very intimate and personal. I would definitely recommend this place and will return when I come back to Tanzania.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Privacy and exclusivity make this comfortable tented camp an ideal safari destination. Offering professionally guided walks, game viewing on horseback, night game drives, safaris to Tarangire, Ngorongoro and Manyara and visits to the local Maasai community, Manyara Ranch Conservancy offers a glimpse at conservation programs in action. Every visit puts substantial sums of money into conserving this critical wildlife migration corridor. ... more less