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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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Average Rating

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  • The whole holiday start to finish was just fabulous, the accommodation was perfect and to a certain extent stunning at the Dar Hosnia in Marrakech.

    The transport, guides and staff at both locations were wonderful with a special mention to the Douar Samra team in Imlill. They were more than a bit special.

    The food at both locations was excellent and the ambience and fun we enjoyed in Douar Samra was beyond all expectations.

    We made many new friends whom I am sure we will keep in touch with way beyond this holiday.

    You put together a perfect package it was much more than just a great holiday it was a richly rewarding experience.

    Just finally to say a big thank you to you for organising one of the best trips we have had.

    Missingstuart w reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2019

  • Everything was fab, I especially loved Tuningi such a special place and my son got to see his favourite animal the cheetah (after a bit of time hunting about on foot!). Mauritius is lovely we saw quite a bit of the island in the end.

    MissingLaura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018

  • We had a wonderful trip to Morocco. What a fascinating country. Thank you so much for all of your help making things smooth and less stressful!

    Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:

    Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.

    I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.

    The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.

    The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.

    We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.

    The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.

    The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.

    MissingGwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018

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