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Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp
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Sydney
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88 reviews
36 hotel reviews
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“The staff made it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2013

Only stayed here one night as part of a week long safari, so a bit in and out.
I would describe out first floor room at a tree house, all made up of natural logs etc. and very rustic.
A pretty small property, and remote from anywhere after the drive in. We sat down to a small buffet lunch, small but quite appealing. Same for dinner and breakfast. It was all cooked, as far as I could see, by one young guy who was both enthusiastic and happy if you lied what he had put out.
There'd be lucky to be more than 30-40 people staying per time so its an intimate affair.
In the evening towards the end of dinner there was a local "cabaret" show put on. Singing, dancing, and a quite spectacular, death defying (or at least sever injury defying) actrobatics act laid on. All pretty good.
However, back in the room, showerswere a one or three stream variety, of varying stength and not always hot. And in a weird partitioned part of the main room. Not appealing.
Rooms themselves were, at best, eclectic.
However all was saved by the small and dedicated delightful staff who really try to make your short time there pleasent. Bravo to them because some tourists are staggeringly rude, and embarrassing. But through it all they were unfailingly pro-actively nice and welcoming.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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De Pere, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

Comfortable beds, good linens, reliable plumbing and electricity - a nice lodge near Lake Manyara which, in dry season, is only just visible from a corner of the property or pool. Persistent flies made spending any time outdoors unpleasant, and because the common areas of the lodge are open to the outdoors, flies were part of drinks, meals or accessing the internet. Food was great tasting, and featured some local as well as continental / indian cuisine. Yogurt was available when requested for breakfast, though wisely not put out on buffet (did I mention flies?) Views of the pasture-land north of the lake are vast, and with binocs one can watch the Maasi herds and herders make their way back and forth from the lake and grazing. Gardens were ablaze with color and lush foliage, many birds and butterflies. A good intermediate stop on the way to Ngorongoro, its proximity to Mto wa Mbu allows visitors to go into town for shopping or a stop at the cultural heritage center.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2013

You must travel thru one of the poorest placed we witnessed in Tanzania to get to what compares to a palace vs. what exists just beyond the high walks and guard booths.
No wifi available to customers - only the management can use it. It's in "testing" we were told. The only property we stayed at throughout the bush that did NOT have wifi.
Nice grounds, nice buffet, friendly staff (but NOT at the front desk!) and small rooms

  • Stayed July 2013
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2013

We stayed here on the last night of a 7 night safari and found the accommodation & service excellent.

The tent was lovely and charmingly furnished although it isn't a true tent as it's set upon a permanent wooden based on stilts and at the rear opens onto a bathroom in a small permanent outbuilding.
Interestingly however despite the much more permanent nature of this lodge it was the only accommodation we stayed in where electric lights did not work overnight as electricity was produced by a generator only operative for a period in the morning and evening rather than from solar power.

Food was good and staff were obliging/helpful.

I have marked this lodge down one point for a couple of reasons. One it has the feel of a hotel with staff and was much less personal than the other places we stayed. Having said that the staff we encountered were all very helpful! More importantly safari guides were apparently not welcome in the guest dining room. Inevitably your guide makes your holiday on safari and it saddened us rather to find our guide unable to join us at dinner on our last night. Having said that he did assure us that guides were well catered for in terms of accommodation and food.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Turin, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2013

We stayed two nights at this marvelous place . The view is incredible and in the evenings you can see and hear the Maasai return with their huge herds of cattle . The atmosphere is just great . Sunset is exceptional to watch and is breath taking . Excellent dinner & breakfast with a very friendly and helpful staff .
Even though this place is just outside the Lake Manyara N P it is definitely worth staying at . We really enjoyed it .

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2013

- Cross-over between Tented Camp & Lodge, directly located at Lake Manyara
- Amazing view on the (in August) dried-out parts of the lake and the Rims of Rift Valley
- Lots of birds to see on site
- Evening performance of local artists (dance, acrobatics)
- Social responsible travelling as most of the staff come from the local Massai community
- No "mass tourism" location as there is only a limited number of tents

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Athens
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2013

One of the top tented camps we stayed during a 7-day safari. Great rooms (we stayed in a tented camp, but it was actually semi-permanent). Great shower with great water flow (critical after a day in Manyara). Food was ok (not great), but the environment and view is top-notch! I really enjoyed staying here

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp
Address: Losirwa, Mto wa Mbu, Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania
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Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Lake Manyara National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 40 Speciality Lodging in Lake Manyara National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp 3*
Number of rooms: 35
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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