We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Manyara Ranch Conservancy
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation but we can search other options in Tarangire National Park
See available hotels
Nearby Hotels
Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge(Lake Manyara National Park)
View Hotel
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
View Hotel
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
View Hotel
  • Free Parking
  • Pool
View Hotel
  • Free Parking
  • Pool
Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge(Ngorongoro Conservation Area)
View Hotel
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge(Ngorongoro Conservation Area)
View Hotel
Certificate of Excellence
  • Breakfast included
  • Restaurant
View Hotel
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
View Hotel
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
View Hotel
View Hotel
Reviews (98)
Filter reviews
98 results
Traveller rating
89
6
3
0
0
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageAll languages
More languages
89
6
3
0
0
Show reviews that mention
All reviewsnight gamewalking safarigame drivesdining tenttented campmain tentmagical placeevery mealanimal trackscamp offersheard lionslate afternoonspacious tentsmorning walkflush toiletsspecial experienceafrican bush
Filter
Updating list...
48 - 53 of 98 reviews
Reviewed 30 August 2013

not sure what to add that hasn't been said. After a fabulous 2-week trip through the Northern Tanzania circuit, we look back at Manyara ranch as one of our highlights. Positives:
-- great tents. Very comfortable, but I can't recommend enough being in a soft wall tent. Our 2 nights there, we heard lions literally within 10-20 feet of our tent roaring. Yes, I needed the sleep and was exhausted, but there's nothing to tell you you're in Africa like waking up to the low roar of lions.
-- because you're not in a national park, there is more freedom. This means open-walled vehicles, night drives, walking safaris, and horse safaris -- all with great animal sightings. Yes, the sightings were a half-step below what I got in Ngorongoro or Serengeti, but the intimacy made it a fabulous introduction if you're flying into Arusha. I didn't but several of my party did go on a horseback trip and went right by dozens of giraffes and zebras -- lifetime highlight. Our walking safari was also wonderful -- something about being on foot and seeing the critters was very visceral compared to the game drives the rest of the trip.
-- Loved the intimate family feel -- 6 tents, very comfortable, and great service
-- Sundowner -- amazing.
-- Although we blew it and didn't fit in a visit to the nearby Masai village, there were multiple Masai on staff, and talking to them casually about their lives was an amazing experience. As another reviewer noted, their ability to spot animals is also astounding. One night just as a Masai was about to zip up our tent he suddenly did a 180, pointed his flashlight, and sure enough, there was an elephant maybe 40 yards away in the pitch dark, quietly doing its thing.

Downsides: actually, none come to mind. Go here for your first nights in the bush, coming from Arusha and around seeing Manyara and/or Tarangire -- it was, to us, a 100% perfect first two nights in Africa.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank KCalifornian
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
MRCTom, Owner at Manyara Ranch Conservancy, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2013

Thank you for your comments about our camp and the area.

Lion and elephant are making frequent visits as are the herds of impala, zebra and wildebeest in the area. They seem to feel just as much at home right between the tents as they are elsewhere on the Conservancy. Lying awake part of the night listening to the sounds is all part of the memories we hope you will take home - the sounds of an elephant's stomach rumble, of zebra grazing between the tents, and of lions roaring after feeding....

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 8 August 2013

My husband and I spent two nights at Manyara Ranch Conservancy in July 2013. Our tent was clean and comfortable, with a hot shower and flush toilet. No electrical outlet in the tent, so camera battery recharging was done at the main dining tent. The food was very good, and eaten "family style" with the other guests at the camp. We participated in a night game drive, morning walking safari and a horseback ride. We went on several game drives, with our driver/guide from Roy Safari driving us in our vehicle, and with one of the Maasai from Manyara Ranch Conservancy along to accompany us. We felt like we were tipping the Manyara staff everytime we turned around, for each of these activities, which was unlike our other camps we stayed at, but other than that, we enjoyed our stay there.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Baldwiii
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 27 July 2013

We were on a family holiday to celebrate our Silver Wedding Anniversary with our three children all over 18. We arrived at Manyara Ranch Conservancy after a hectic week in Arusha National Park followed by the Serengeti and then Ngorogoro. Manyara by contrast was quiet and peaceful. The tents were wonderful, service great and it was wonderful to sit by the campfire with canapés and drinks before dinner.The managers Alan and Weyland were friendly and knowledgeable. We were able to experience night drives, tracking animals and go on walks. Despite having seen so much in the Serengeti we always saw something different every time we went out. Definitely a place to revisit if we are lucky enough to be able to return one day.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Katherine F
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 16 April 2013

I made a risky move during my 2 week safari with my family, and drank little to know water. That said, I fell victim to sun-stroke, dehydration, and a respiratory infection I must have caught on the plane over. Miserable timing right? Well I spent those sick days here, at Manyara Ranch, so I don't know all about the night drives and horse adventures, but I do know about the atmosphere and staff. The room was so incredible, and the view so breathtaking, that I almost didn't mind spending a majority of my stay there in bed looking out onto the land. While my family went out on game drives, I would fumble out of the tent and lay down in the dining tent (desperate for company) and the staff were incredible! Some barely speak english (which is so interesting and really adds to the experience) but they would bring me water and blankets, and would sit and try to cheer me up. At all times of the night they would bring me my weirdest cravings (mostly pineapple) in hopes to make me feel better. I know I got a little side tracked in this review, but to sum it up, this place is AMAZING. As we were leaving Tanzania we stopped at a little shop and I got a bracelet with a beaded "Manyara" on it to remember the amazing stay. This Ranch is a MUST if you are in Tanzania.

Room Tip: I saw every room.. they are all good :)
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank Greer W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 April 2013

Manyara Ranch was the first stop on our family's two-week self-drive safari (organized by the fabulous Fortes Safaris). What a kick-off! We loved this sweet place. At the time (July 2012) it was managed by a great couple -- Ruan from South Africa, and his lovely girlfriend Svenja from Germany. Ruan, despite being new to the camp, was incredibly knowledgeable and our morning walking safari with him was fabulous. Of course, his Maasai spotter saw things no human being should be able to spot with a naked eye ... And Svenja took our 15-year-old daughter on an unforgettable horseback ride through the bush (does anyone else even offer that?), winding past zebra and impala. Also special was our night-time game drive, which is only allowed here because this is private property. As for the facilities, the tents were beautiful, not too close together, and offered sweeping views from their porches. The campfire/sundowners area is perfect -- cozy with great views and an incredible sunset. We felt incredibly well taken care of, from the morning's delivery of coffee and biscuits to the nighttime escort back to the tent. We heard wonderful snorts and roars at night -- a thrill for our daughters, as it was their very first night under canvas in Africa. We went on to stay at many terrific spots in Tanzania, but this one remains special to us.

Room Tip: I can't imagine there's a bad tent in the place.
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Kathy C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
View more reviews