- Fantastic bird viewing
- Private access to Lake Manyara
- Comfortable tented accommodation
Maramboi Tented Camp is located in the Lake Manyara area of Northern Tanzania. A large camp with access to both Tarangire and Manyara National Parks, this beautiful conservation area provides impressive scenery and reliable wildlife viewing.
The main house has a thatched roof and fantastic views of the plains. The lounge and dining areas are great places to relax surrounded by palm trees and looked after by attentive staff. The camp also offers a particularly lovely swimming pool with views across the bush.
Although the game viewing here is not as diverse as other reserves, it is reliable and includes great access to the migration corridor between the two national parks. Game drives are taken in private vehicles with private access to the southern sector of the reserve, meaning busy roads can be avoided. The nearby Lake Manyara offers excellent bird viewing opportunities. Flamingos, egrets and pelicans are here in abundance and guests can wade out across the flats for a closer look. Activities also include ‘Bush Sundowners’ on the shores of the lake and gentle nature walks with views of Rift Valley.
One of the larger camps on offer in Tanzania, Maramboi has 40 large guest tents. These permanent structures are surprisingly spacious inside and tastefully furnished with large beds and lots of light. Each en-suite tent has its own private veranda and 24-hour electric lighting. There is also the option of two interconnecting rooms, ideal for families.
Children of all ages are welcome and accommodated for at Maramboi, although specific activities and programmes are not offered. Parents should note that the camp is unfenced and while it’s unlikely that animals will approach tents or humans, they must supervise their children at all times.
This pleasant and restful camp is one of the most affordable in the area due to its larger size and offers a slightly different safari experience. For those with a keen interest in birds, Maramboi is highly recommended.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019