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Conservation area lodge with night safaris and walking

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Conservation area lodge with night safaris and walking

I am trying to squeeze the most out of 6 or 7 personal travel days in late May. I expect to spend most of the time in Serengeti (Mother Nature only knows where) but I want to visit Lake Manyara NP for a full day. As it may be on the day before I return to Arusha to fly out, I am looking for a smaller quiet accommodation which may offer walking and night safari. I'll have some leisure the last day and possibly the day before Manyara. Any recommendations?

I had thought to use Boundary Hill, but now I wonder if it is too far for the two nights flanking Manyara. Anyone know how far the drive is one way?

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1. Re: Conservation area lodge with night safaris and walking

Boundary Hill or whistling thorn are quite a way from Manyara as you have found. It must be about 45 minute drive.

My favourite is Kirurumu Tented Camp set on the Cliff overlooking the village of Mto wa Mbu. You can certainly walk, either guided or on your ownsome all around there. I head down for the village through the forest paths by the Kirurumu River, have a drink or two and then have the car pick me up for the rtn drive.

Or staying high you can take a walk along the cliff tops through colourful villages. Lots of birds but no big mammals usually.

Night drives were available last time we were there.

Take a look.

www.kirurumu.net/kirurumu_manyara_lodge.html

There are cheaper lodges down in the village.

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2. Re: Conservation area lodge with night safaris and walking

Asante, mfuwe. Kirurumu looks lovely and comfortable - also seems to have a very reasonable off season rate. Certainly closer than BH, but it doesn't appear to do night drives - though I may email to check. The thought of staying on the cliff (ahem - escarpment) at Manyara has appealed to me so may have to split the nights.

Otherwise BH or Whistling Thorn seem the options in the area. I can handle a 45 minute commute - I was thinking with road conditions it was well over an hour or more. M

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Mfuwe, very interested in walking "down", any opportunity to get out and stretch the legs is tempting and this seems a nice/different way to pass a couple of hours at the end of the day. "Through the forest paths and along the Kirurumu river" sounds nice, "no big mammals usually" is a bit of a worry. Is it appropriate to ask our driver escort us or would it be a camp guide? How long is the walk down (time factor), cold beers readily available? (I have no idea what to expect of Mto wa Mbu).

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4. Re: Conservation area lodge with night safaris and walking

Why not try Naitolia camp about 40 mts from Manyara and one of the best places in Tarangire if not on the Northen circuit for night game drives and walks.

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5. Re: Conservation area lodge with night safaris and walking

Pertlady. Swala have included this walk to Mto wa Mbo in our itinerary. We will be accompanied by a guide from Kirurumu Tented Camp (we need our guide to be available to drive the car to meet us at the end of the walk). We have allowed the morning to do this getting back to the lodge for a late lunch. We thought it would make a nice change to game drives and an opportunity to stretch our legs.

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I used to take a friend down the gorge with me. We got so fit doing it we used to race the car and often beat it.

The walk is around an hour. The last bit is through the village approaches which can be a 'bit dusty' as you are alongside the main road..

I could never say "there are no large mammals" as I often saw Bushbuck etc.., but i never yet found anything dangerous.

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7. Re: Conservation area lodge with night safaris and walking

Heard back from Kirurmu today. They don't offer night drives any longer. NE, thanks, I also considered Naitolia, but when I last contacted Simon (albeit a few months ago) he wasn't sure it would be open in May. Just read Hobart's post and see they do night drives - though it isn't listed on their website, and it is closer to the main road than BH. I'll have to contact Simon again.

Given how much walking I'll have done the month before, the interest isn't the walking, as much as a way to see the smaller things, learn about the plant life, a slower, more leisure ground view of Africa...and most likely a farewell as well (or at least for some years to come).

Thanks for the suggestions and perspective of driving time.

Edited: 08 March 2012, 13:25
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8. Re: Conservation area lodge with night safaris and walking

Thanks for the tips, sounds like its worth trying to fit it in.

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