Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp
It was an end-to-end solution of an East African Safari need. It commenced with the pick up at Kilimanjaro airport and curtain was downed with drop at the same airport.
Due to various reasons, it was a day long journey for me from Dar Es Salaam to the safari camp. Honestly speaking, there was a feeling of disappointment when in the final lap towards the camp in the darkness of night, the vehicle took a narrow corrugated road from the asphalted road. I was skeptical that where we were driving at.
Reached the camp site almost nearing midnight. The disappointment vanished immediately when I found Susanta Das, the ever smiling custodian of the camp was personally present to receive me. Greetings followed by piping hot dinner. I could not ask for more at the point of time.
A standard pattern followed for three consecutive days. Wake up calls were given by the symphony of chirping of birds in the early morning. I've not seen them but enjoyed the tweeting of various birds in different tunes in different hertz. A cup of tea (masala chai), served by John, was energizing enough to get out of the bed.
Breakfast - pick up the lunch box from the reception - on board of a four wheel drive vehicle - drive down to the safari - return to the camp at the time of Sunset - enjoy another cup of chai by the poolside while the Pelicans and Flamingos fly overhead - drinking session at the reception-cum-bar to unwind - buffet dinner (cooked by Chef Habib) - the post-dinner dancing / singing / unbelievable acrobat show by local artists - escort to the chalet by the security (Askari).
The camp is well maintained and perfect place to be close to Lake Manyara National park with Ngorongoro / Serengetti in one direction and Tarangire National Park on other side. Hospitality is bonus.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp lies along the 600 meter Rift Valley Escarpment over the river basin overlooking the lake itself. Our accommodations and infinity swimming pool are built right at the edge of the escarpment and provide unparalleled views of the region. The camp is divided into cabins and safari tents, offering visitors a range of options for accommodations. We are located a short drive from Arusha and are most closely accessible from Kilimanjaro Airport and we offer shuttle service from those destinations. Our chefs prepare the most succulent cuisine you’ll find on your safari, offering a range of Continental, Asian and African cuisine and our bartenders offer great cocktails into the late hours of the night in our lounge area which is equipped with a big-screen tv and satellite, weather permitting. We offer bush dinners and late night safari drives for visitors upon request and are happy to accommodate meal preferences, special occasions and events. Accommodations are authentically safari themed and offer up authentic local furniture and electricity during generator hours. Let the Luxury Safari Adventure begin at Lake Manyara Wildlife Camp ... more less
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