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Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Tree house accommodation
- Night game drives
- Away from day visitors

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Overview

One of the best offerings in the Lake Manyara area, Northern Tanzania, this ‘&Beyond’ property is sophisticated and stylish with good game viewing. Secluded treehouses provide unusual, luxury accommodation.

The main area at Tree Lodge is split over two levels, with high thatched ceilings to provide a great open air dining area and kitchen. The large decking provides plenty of seating and a pleasant pool area is a short walk away. Meals can also be prepared in the forest boma, offering a unique open-air dining experience.

Far from the park’s entrance, twice daily game drives explore the remote southern region of the reserve. Away from daily visitors, game viewing is led by expert rangers and includes a visit to the lake shore and the pursuit of Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions and herds of elephant. Night game drives provide the chance to witness the area’s nocturnal wildlife. Other activities include mountain biking and Maasai village visits.

Built on stilts, each of the 10 tree-top suites has an outdoor shower and private veranda amidst the sights and sounds of the bush. The surrounding canopy gives each tree house a sense of privacy and seclusion, and every room is exquisitely designed. Natural colours and materials create a minimalist feel, whilst a freestanding bath and large bed add a touch of luxury.

Children of all ages are warmly welcome, and there is a spacious and delightful family suite, custom built to house two adults and two children (three children can be accommodated on special request). This charming suite comprises a double and a twin room, both en-suite. Each bathroom has a shower, and the main bathroom also features a freestanding bath. Standard triple rooms can also be arranged, with children under 16 years of age obliged to share with a parent.

Although some age restrictions do apply to activities, children aged 12 and over can participate in non-exclusive game drives, and children aged 6-12 may participate at the manager’s discretion. Childminders can be booked during game drives for children under the age of 6 at additional cost, although those aged 3-5 years may be allowed to participate in shortened drives (again, at the manager's discretion). Should any family choose to pay extra for a private vehicle (subject to availability), there is no age restriction at all for their children. During family 'down time', the &Beyond ‘WILDchild’ programme keeps children well entertained. Activities might include tracking and fishing, making traditional bows and arrows, crafting, and painting. Given the property’s unfenced bush location, and the tree-top height of the accommodation, note that parents must supervise their children vigilantly at all times.

While it's true that the price tag might be on the high side, the &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is a professionally run property in an ideal location and makes for a wonderful stay in the heart of the forest.

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Suggested Itineraries for Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

Stunning all inclusive Northern Circuit safari combines some of Tanzania's finest safari lodges with an incredible private island beach resort.

Tailor-made Luxury 11 days

Adults from $14,812 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $908 per person economy class from London

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    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!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan 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

    MissingCatherine 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!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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