No other tented lodge I stayed in Tanzania offered any security other than a coded safe. Rather than feeling vulnerable, I felt I was at good places. Ironically, once the staff at Kirurumu handed me a padlock, I lost my sense of security. At other place, I carried my valuable & passport with me as wise practice. At Kirurumu, the padlock gave me the sense that carrying my valuable & passport was a needed safe guard.
The Location: At the top of hill at Lake Manyara, a good 20-minute dirt road ride to the lodge. The lodge does offer a nice valley view. But a double row lay-out ensures half of the guest will not enjoy it.
The tents: Tents on the back row face the paved trail where the porters and night guards congregate. They converse day & night. Even in hush to normal tone, they could be bothersome if you enjoy an afternoon nap or if you are a light sleeper. The tents are canvas front connected to stucco bathrooms. In my tent, the bathroom’s cleanliness was marginal.
The Meals: Meals is served at your own table. Dinner follows a formula of stewed meat in a herb & spice source, a heap of starch, and a vegetable side. An adequate fair, nothing to savor.
Expectation: An non-descriptive location. Adequate tent accommodation with marginal bathroom facilities. So-so meals. Perhaps because of the separate dining arrangement, guests did not seem to care to socialize with other guests.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kirurumu Manyara Lodge is set high on the edge of the Great Rift Valley consisting of 27 tented rooms including 2 honeymoon suites and 2 family cottages with fully ensuite bathrooms, hot and cold running water, Electricity and Dining room with waiter service with Bar complete with sun-deck and panoramic views of the rift valley.* ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kirurumu Manyara Hotel Lake Manyara National Park