Second safari experience for us but first for our 20 yr old son, we thought the lodge was a perfect start for a week of discovery in N.Tanzania. The 3-hour game drive from the gate to the lodge allowed us to view almost all "safari" animals (elephants, buffalos, antilopes, zebras, giraffes, ostriches, etc) in rather large herds, including hundreds of flamingos on the soda lake. Welcomed by the Tanzanian manager Scott Tineja Mollel, and his staff, with hot towels and drinks, we were walked to our bungalows-up-in-the-trees 6 and 7 (3-4 mins. thru bushes for #6). We enjoyed (one night 24 Dec. 2012) the spacious room and its outdoor shower, all of it above ground with mahogany trees' branches almost at hand. Beautiful! We were treated to a great BBQ dinner under the stars, later to a local band and dancers, and a talent show by some of the staff. As it was X-mas, several staff members had their kids visiting. What a lovely... and lively family evening. Then back to our bungalows in the dark with a Masai guard. The next morning started with a heavy rain but there was a great breakfast buffet served under the palm-roofed lobby. Titus, our knowledgeable and witty driver/ranger, took us for the 3-hours game drive back to the gate, enjoying once more this all-in-one Lake Manyara park with its lake, cliffs, savannah and forest with majestic baobabs and funny-looking sausage-trees. We missed the lions and had a glimpse of a leopard but all other animals/birds are much worthwhile. If one on a tight schedule has to choose only one park, Lake Manyara N.P. offers it all, from animals (except for cats), impressive landscapes, to a luxury lodge lost in the jungle at the other end of the park.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The only one in Lake Manyara National Park, andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is renowned for its romantic stilted treehouse suites that are shaded by a mahogany forest. After an exhilarating game drive, guests stop for sundowners on the lakeshore below the Great Rift Valley wall. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Lake Manyara Tree Hotel Lake Manyara National Park