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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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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 495 reviews

(4.96/5)

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam Kearns reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

  • The Namibia trip was fantastic!

    Self-driving was brilliant, and the chronology of the itinerary was perfect (against the flow/direction most other travelers took).

    As for specifics:

    OKONJIMA
    This place was the best!
    Best service, best staff, best food, best experiences, best facilities.
    We saw a cheetah kill, leopards, and white rhino (which we were not expecting).
    If you’ve never been you should go...If I ever go back to Namibia I will revisit.

    EMANYA
    The only (slight) disappointment.
    Maybe because it was right after Okonjima, but the service was lacking, the facilities were a bit run down, it was the only place with mosquitoes in the room with no net and no spray. Food was marginal. Not sure if there are better options in the area, though.

    OKAUKEUJO
    Etosha Park was amazing. There was so much wildlife with so little crowds.
    The Okaukeujo Camp had the best watering hole with animals coming in at all times of the night. A great experience exclusive to the camp.

    DORO NAWAS
    Beautiful place. Very private. Food and service excellent.
    A nice stopping point on the drive.

    SPITZKOPPE
    An amazing place...How they laid out and built it.
    Enjoyed exploring the grounds and the local area/sights.
    The staff was on par with Okonjima.
    2 days were perfect.

    Ivin provided us with good advice/information/recommendations along the route, along with a cell phone and cooler for the trip. The car was perfect.
    They represent Tourdust well!

    Again, another great trip you put together...Thank you!

    MissingEarl Wong reviewing Northern Namibia Highlights - Self Drive on 17 October 2018

  • We both suffered but enjoyed it immensely. Just how it should be!!!!
    Our route up the mountain, the Burguret trail is very arduous and certainly should not be used for people who are not very fit and experienced trekkers. It mainly followers animal trails through the forests and bog lands around the mountain. The Chogoria route down was great. The guide and porters were great. Wild camping means just that, really just what I wanted, but I have lived in Kenya.

    MissingJonathan Bailey reviewing Mount Kenya: Burguret Chogoria Traverse on 24 September 2018

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