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“Abundant game viewing” 5 of 5 stars
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5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Lake Manyara, Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania   |  
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Houston, TX
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“Abundant game viewing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

Activities/Game drives: Ours was done privately with our guide Titus. Although the initial drive in from the airport was supposed to be approximately 2 hours it rapidly evolved into a four hour affair of sighting many of the big five. At every turn was a stop to view giraffes, elephants, monkeys, flamingos, lions, zebra, buffalo, and impala. The crud de ta was watching a young leopard breakfast in a tree on an impala carcass within15 ft of the game vehicle the following morning. Hippos soaking in mud the following afternoon and watching more birds than most people have seen in their lifetime ascend from the lake were a religious experience. It wasn’t just about spotting the animals though – many times Titus would stop and explain the calls of the various animals, discuss various aspects of botany and the use of the local plants and would enrich the understanding of the place by placing it into a historical and political context. Ask for him by name – he is that good.

Accommodations/The tree house: Remember when you were five and you would listen to the sounds of nature? You know - the gentle sound of crickets and the occasional owl. This is nature on red bull with vodka. Our tree house was in the very back (number 10). Elephants wander around, monkeys jump on your balcony, bush babies howl, lions roar in the distance, and bats flutter above the mosquito netting of your bed (yes they may even startle you as you make a run for the commode). However, the place is charming and romantic with a soaker tub, outdoor shower, tons of space and a wonderful deck. Did I mention it was romantic? No electricity from midnight to 5 am…you will have to survive on candle light and/or a flashlight. You will never sleep better though in the soft linen and comfy king size bed open to the cool night breeze.

Spoiler alert: They do a lot of little things that will surprise you: meet you at the front gate and sing, pack a surprise breakfast for you and serve it to you in an amazing natural setting, set up a “bush bar” with champagne with a Masai warrior standing by to protect you, serve you frozen gin and tonics on return for a game drive and the list goes on. These folks will sincerely try to do anything in their power to make you happy.

Cuisine: The chef stops by the table to meet everyone and presents the menu for the evening. If you are fussy and need a bunch of choices this is probably not going to work for you. The food is excellent quality especially considering how far it has to come. One evening they did a tandori chicken that was outstanding with excellent flavor and without being dry. The only suggestion I would make is that I would have loved to try more cuisine reflective of Africa. This is a comment for almost all of the lodges/camps that we visited. I suspect with just a bit more time and evolution of tourism in Africa, there will be more focus on their local cuisine and I would love to see this happen.

If you need a TV and multiple activities to amuse yourself with (billiards, bowling alley etc.), please do your homework and don’t go. If you want to return to being a “kid” again and being enthralled by nature, there is no doubt this place is five stars.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

We just loved Lake Manyara Tree Lodge. The atmosphere, the service, the bungalows, all in all just perfect. The only disappointment were the hiding lions and lepards, which we saw plenty of in the Serengeti.

If you wanna stay somewhere special, try it!!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

My wife and I just spent 3 days at the tree Lodge. It was fantastic. We travel alot....but were pleasantly surprised by the Tree Lodge. The rooms were spacious. The food was Good . The srevice was Fantastic. You will not be disappointed. We saw all the animals you would want to see. Afterwards we went to NgoroNgoro Crater....and were very DISAPPOINTED. The animals there just layed near the road.....accustom to vehicles and people. LAKE MANYARA was just the opposite. The animals roamed freely and KNEW they were uin charge. This was their LAND. It was awesome and the Guide from & Beyond....Peter, Vitalis , and Joseph were the best. Also if you plan on going to the Crater ...consider staying at THE MANOR instead of the Serene Hotel on the rim. We heard horror stories about the staff and rudeness. YES itr is convenient....BUT not worth the rudeness of the staff.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Salmiya, Al Kuwayt, Kuwait
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

I have been to Tanzania before but my mom has not, and they staff made our first stop in Tanzania a very memorable one for both of us! Emme, our Ranger, was kind, funny and knowledgable. The stilted tree house was beautiful and the food delicious. If you love elephants and giraffes, this is a great park to see these animals. I would highly recommend the Tree Lodge and thank you for an excellent stay!!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is spectacular. Not only is the lodge itself beautiful and romantic but it’s really all about the service here. Upon arrival we were greeted by Ashiri the manager and introduced to our butler, BUTLER! Oh my goodness…..Joseph, who was phenomenal. We couldn’t go to our tree house right away because there was an elephant on the path (so cool!) so we enjoyed a drink at the main lodge and took everything in. After the elephant had left we were shown to our incredible room in the middle of the jungle. It truly is amazing. After washing up a bit we went to the main lodge where they were setting up the boma for dinner. As soon as we got to the lodge we had delicious frozen gin and tonics in our hands and our own tapas delivered to our comfy seats. After we finished as people were starting to sit down at the tables in the boma, we were told we had something special tonight. They took us back to our treehouse and there was a beautifully set table with candles everywhere in our room. There we also had every type of wine you could want red, white, bubbly, as well as Amarula, which Joseph had remembered my husband liking before. Every course was brought to our tree house by Joseph (all of them delicious of course) and as we were finishing dessert we could hear lions!

The next day I was feeling unwell (I had contracted e coli while volunteering in Kenya) and we skipped the morning safari drive to rest and enjoy the lodge. We had an amazing lunch, and after a little bit of a rest I was feeling up to our afternoon game drive.

We went with our guide and drove along beautiful Lake Manyara, taking our time and enjoying all the animals. From a distance we could see someone setting up sundowners in the middle of the park.....little did we know it was for us! What a surprise it was, one of the best moments of the trip. We were in the middle of the park, with zebras, baboons, wildebeest, buffalo and impala all around….and elephants even came out of the trees. Joseph was waiting for us with any kind of beverage we could ever want and SNACKS! They popped bubbly for us and we had a whole hour there to enjoy the sunset on our own before the other guests arrived. Dinner in the boma that night was out of this world. So romantic and delicious…..all the wine we could ever drink, frozen gin and tonics! A bush baby even came close by for a look.

The only complaint I had of the lodge was that I am terribly afraid of bats, and at night there were about 5-7 bats swooping in our treehouse and it was not very relaxing because of this. Luckily we had our mosquito net but I was too afraid to go to the bathroom or to enjoy an evening bath. That being said, I realize it is in the jungle and they can’t really do much about it.

The next morning after breakfast the entire staff sent us off with love. When leaving we asked the general manager if he could drop our extra mosquito net (from volunteering) off somewhere where it would be useful, and he assured us he would. We didn’t really know if it would make a difference, but hoped since this was the jungle someone could put it to good use. To be honest after this we forgot about it. They e-mailed us after our trip, showing us pictures of the clinic they gave it to, saying we helped save a life…..a pregnant woman with her 2-3 year old son under it on the bed. It was so thoughtful of them to e-mail us and we were SO happy that someone really got to use it. Thank you Lake Manyara Tree Lodge for an amazing honeymoon, we miss you!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bradenton fl
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

A wonderful stay inside the park. Actually got to see what the area was famous for- the tree climbing lions. The accommodations were lovely-bush babies visited in the night. Giraffe, elephant, flamingos, baboons all shared sundowners with us. A wonderful stop during my East African Safari

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here in 2008, sorry the review is so late! We loved tree lodge and would gladly stay several days. The place was secluded and romantic. A sexy tree house style. No air-conditioning though, but that was true throughout the hotels we stayed at. Manyara is small, but this is where we saw the most elephants I our entire trip, up close! I'm pining to go back.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Lake Manyara, Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Lake Manyara National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 25 Specialty Lodging in Lake Manyara National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The only one in Lake Manyara National Park, andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is renowned for its romantic stilted treehouse suites that are shaded by a mahogany forest. After an exhilarating game drive, guests stop for sundowners on the lakeshore below the Great Rift Valley wall. ... more   less 
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