I must refer your to tvnewseditor's review of 9/20, as she has captured the essence of this very special Lodge, also, with a perfect example of &Beyond's exceptional service.
I'd like to add from our experience at the Treehouse: Our guide, Abdallah, is the finest guide we've had in Africa. Absolutely loves what he is doing. Thoroughly knowledgable on all things Africa. Also, he is an excellent photographer, with an artistic sense; like taking us to the lakeshore for sunrise with incredible light while watching zebra, buffalo, wildebeest, wart hog, baboon and flamingo all mingling in the open. Manyara is unique for the variety of its habitats from thick forest to marshes to savannah. Cats are hard to find due to the denseness of the forest, but Abdallah's instincts led us to a pride of five lions lounging under a tree late in the afternoon. We got to within 25 yards without disturbing them.
On another evening drive we went to the neighboring village of Mayoka. There are 3000 people from 3 different tribes living there and farming. They live in brick or mud huts with running water but no electricity. There were children everywhere, laughing, smiling and waving at us. Everyone was very friendly & happy we were there. We saw their school, met some of their teachers, looked at a store & restaurant. Despite their circumstances, they are very happy people. There was no begging or sense of discomfort. Before returning to the Camp, we drove down to the shoreline to observe some fisherman, and there was the Treehouse staff cooking skewers of meat & serving snacks and drinks just for us. We sat there chatting and enjoying the surroundings into the darkness.
This is our second experience in Africa with &Beyond, and we are very pleased with the quality of the Camps, travel arrangements, and service. Going to safari in Africa requires a lot of coordination and sound planning that only a local, highly professional company like &Beyond can provide. It is expensive, but in every instance it is well worth the price.
- 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