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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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(4.93/5)

  • Everything was exceptionally well arranged and the whole trip, from checking in on line and printing out the outward journey boarding cards from home, until return to Heathrow, was completely seamless.

    Although arriving slightly earlier than scheduled, we didn't have to wait before being collected at Nairobi by Elijah, our guide and Samuel the driver. On being told that we had hardly slept at all on the outward journey, they took us to a small B&B place they use (sorry, I've forgotten the name of the place) and we were able to rest/sleep for some 3 hours before setting off on our adventure. This was very much appreciated by us as that first day was full on after that.

    They looked after us really well and both were very knowledgeable and good company and were flexible to our needs, with nothing being too much trouble for them.

    The accommodation you picked for us was spot on. We were particularly taken with Sunbird Lodge (I could have spent the whole week there if it were not for being on the move due to the nature of the trip), which was quite informal and extremely friendly. We then moved on to the Maji Moto Eco Camp, where again everything was fine. Having stayed in similar places before, at my age now, the one night suited well and I was surprised when Dan was so taken with the place that he would have liked to stay another night! I think the camp fire might have had something to do with it. The visit to the school was also well worth it from Dan's perspective.

    On then to Ilkeliani and I concur with what you say about it being so well priced for what it offers, that it is a good recommendation. This was slightly more formal at mealtimes than Sunbird Lodge but nevertheless, the staff were equally friendly. As adults, both my husband and myself enjoyed the food although the feedback I provided on their customer satisfaction questionnaire was that perhaps the evening meals could possibly have slight variations for children. We didn't see any signs of the suspended footbridge and as we didn't ask about it, I don't know whether it's still there or not.

    I have to say that the beds in both Sunbird and Ilkeliani were very, very, comfortable.

    The Mayfair Southern Sun was again a good choice although I think the room we had was perhaps a standard twin room. There were two what I call "three quarters" sized beds, i.e. larger than a single but not quite a double bed size, which meant it was a bit of a squeeze for 2 persons in one bed.

    Both the Giraffe Centre and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Sanctuary were ideal additions to the itinerary. We had a 10 year old who was reluctant to leave Kenya!

    MissingMartha Ann Eileen Curry reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 14 May 2018

  • The walking in the mountains was a fantastic experience, helped by our perfect guide Ibrahim. He was intelligent, kind, cheerful and looked after us very well. He could answer all our questions on flora, fauna, geology, history and local culture. He walked at a steady phase that suited all and made sure everyone was happy. We could not have asked for more.
    Our favourite place to stay was the Azzaden trekking lodge where we were welcomed warmly with slippers, dates, milk and a hand wash. The food was excellent and the breakfast was very impressive. The hospitality of Mohamed was second to none. The view from the balcony was amazing and when it got dark the stars came out in their millions. ( we did however not manage to find out in which bed Daniel Craig had slept).
    When we reached Kasbah Toubkal the weather had turned cold and wet so we could not enjoy the roof terrace and the outdoor area.
    Riad Tzara was excellent and Naima, Khadija, Abdul and Mohamed looked after our every need. We had dinner one night on the roof of Dar Hanane where the view over the city was great. We also liked the cozy roof terrace in Riad Tzara where the perfect temperature was in the afternoon after escaping from the noises and fumes of the Medina.

    MissingInga Olafsdottir reviewing Atlas Valleys & Villages Comfort Trek on 27 February 2018

  • The highlights for us were the accommodation choices - we loved each place we stayed and for quite different reasons.

    We found the food really delicious at all the places. We were really impressed. We ended up eating dinner every night at Dar Housnia, which was really tasty but a bit expensive but we loved the convenience of it and loved everything else about the place.

    My 9yr’s favourite place was Douar Samra - he liked the rooms and all the meals. We all like the communal meals there. It was good to get to know other travellers. But my husband and I really loved the Douria Suite at Dar Housnia as it was great to the have space and down time by ourselves there. We spent some hours just lazing on the terrace after walking around Marrakech for hours.

    We also thought Kasbah Ellouze was really lovely too. They were super helpful accommodating the kids. They made sure we could celebrate NYE dinner with the kids as they go to bed early. It was really kind of them.

    We had a Hussain as our guide for trekking and he went with us on the road trip. We really liked him: friendly & kind, and not too loud & talkative (our family is on the quiet side!). Hussain was great with our two boys. He made them feel comfortable, kept them safe on the treks (ie speed walking ahead with them when they wanted (our 4yr old loved this!) and holding them securely on mules over the rough terrain) and he played football with them too!
    We had two different drivers who were both good - helped out when our 9yr old vomited from car sickness and were happy to drive slowly as needed.

    Also we thought your organisation of everything and choice of accommodation & guides was excellent. We had no complaints. We had a splendid, relaxed and easy holiday - we didn’t have to think of anything & it was all great.

    MissingHelen Newman reviewing Morocco Family Holiday: Kasbahs, Mountains & Souks on 30 January 2018

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