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Escarpment Luxury Lodge
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Exceptional experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

This lodge was wonderful. The chalets were spacious and beautiful, the service was excellent, the food was outstanding. The staff was very attentive and there was a very personal feel. We loved our stay there and highly recommend it.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New York, NY
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101 reviews
39 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

This place has a very nice modern lodge vibe. The dining hall was really cool. The room we had was amazing, windows on 2 full walls, with great views - you could see Lake Manyara. And the porch wrapped around 3 sides. The room we had was very big, with a great bathtub in the bathroom and a shower. The canopy bed was nice, and there was an outdoor shower (which we didnt get to use because we were only there for 1 night). They placed rose petals all over in hearts for our honeymoon, and did a bunch of other nice things like giving us a fruit basket, its was really nice of them. The location is a bit odd, but its close to Lake Manyara. This was the only place we stayed at that charged us for water during dinner, which I thought was a bit odd. But overall it was a really nice place, and we had a great time. Oh, and at dinner they had an African tribal band playing, it was cool. Its definitely a luxurious place.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rakesh M
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Brussels, Belgium
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2013

After tiring game driving and trip, luxury. Wonderful view over the Rift Valley and the Lake Manyara. Our butler Ezekiel was fantastic. He made my slim young daughter to eat everything to keep Ezekiel happy. Wonderful food. Impossible to eat all the huge quantities. Etill surprise with the carrot butterflies. The "rooms", in fact chalets, are huge, with all the details, nice swimming pool, nice common area, restaurant with perfect views, ... we weree alone in the lodge, so I don't know under other conditions, but for us, perfect.

Room Tip: All of them. Less view in 1 and 2 but being far from the restaurant, quieter when lodge full
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Isabel D
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Dallas, Texas
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116 reviews
57 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2013 via mobile

Another charming stay, thanks to Abercrombie & Kent Safari's.

We loved our brief stay here. Our spacious accommodation was another delightful surprise. It was beautifully appointed with indoor and outdoor showers. The bed was very comfortable. View was beautiful.

No complaints on the food. We thought it was excellent. Service was also very satisfactory.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Canada
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19 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2013

For the price we paid, we felt we received the most incredible experience at this lodge. Firstly, each guest is in a private lodge, which was lovely for us, traveling as a couple. The room came with a fantastic roll top bath, outdoor shower, four poster bed and every tasteful furnishing. This is all topped by the windows on every wall showing the most magnificent view over the Great Rift Valley. We slept each night with the blinds open so we would be woken by the lovely sunrise over the valley. A Massai settlement is visible over the other side of the valley. One night as we got ready for dinner, a Massai women started singing an incredibly haunting song and the music sounded over to our chalet. It was an incredible moment during our trip.

The food was good and well served by our butler, Adolph. I felt that some Swahili items on the menu would have been a nice addition, as it would add to the experience, but that is not to say the food that was served was not good. We requested whatever it was we felt like eating at breakfast and it was served very graciously.

The pool had a great view as well and was a nice perk before and after we left for safari each day.

The location of property if quite good. The dirt road on the way is just a factor of life in Tanzania i'm afraid and if you're not prepared to travel over a bumpy road or two you're probably going to the wrong country!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Easy_GoingCanada
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Abu Dhabi
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80 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

We stayed at the Escarpment Luxury Lodge in early April as part of our safari and found it to be beautiful and tranquil. The service was polite and never intrusive, the rooms beautifully and tastefully appointed and the environment lush, romantic and with a real sense of being away from it all. Ezikial our 'butler' was beyond compare with his politeness and patience with our two boys. He was careful to cater to our needs without being over zealos or intrusive.

This is a beautiful lodge which deserves to do well . We will certainly tell our friends about it.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank cromerty
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Swiss Cosmopolitain
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16 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

On this extremely hot day we truly enjoyed the refreshing swim in this lodge's spactacular pool. Another wonderful idea is the outdoor shower.

We were however simpy put off by the extravagant luxury of the lodege, which you reach over the usual dirt track, but one leading through outskirts of a village that appear more slummy than others we have passed. What a contrast! One that leaves also seasoned travellers like us with an uneasy feeling.

We were warned in advance to make sure the staff entered the correct currency on the cc slip, i.e. not by any chance EUR or GBP instead of USD... Sure enough, upon payment there were various complicated calculations going on - still the bill didn't match our own calculations. This was immediately put right. We paid cash and ceceived the change in TAnzanian shilling. Again the conversion came out wrong. The clerk's apology was that she did the conversion by the calculator on her mobile phone, which sometimes made mistakes... We didn't leave without having the impression that one was definitely out to cheat. Also we found the attitude of some of the staff embarassing: Being of a sugary friendliness which was dropped the minute they became aware that we were not going to tip individually but into the general tip box.
Would not recommend this lodge if you are only staying for one night. You will not have time to take advantage of the enourmous rooms or the terrace.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Escarpment Luxury Lodge

Property: Escarpment Luxury Lodge
Address: Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Lake Manyara National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 43 Specialty Lodging in Lake Manyara National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Escarpment Luxury Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With its wrap around decking affording breath-taking views from high over Lake Manyara, Escarpment Luxury Lodge feels every inch the explorer's outpost. This serene haven offers 16 luxurious chalets, with single, double or triple occupancy. Each unit features a private deck with spectacular views of the lake and abundant nature around the property, oversize bed, leather sofa, a freestanding bathtub, as well as an indoor and an outdoor shower. ... more   less 
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