- Sumptuous accommodation and spa
- Game drives and walking safaris
- Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks
- Ngorongoro Crater visits
Escarpment Lodge is a first rate property situated on the periphery of Lake Manyara National Park, Northern Tanzania. Perched high on a steep slope with stunning views across Lake Manyara and the Great Rift Valley, the lodge is one of the most comfortable in the area and is well located near the park gates. There is a rich abundance of wildlife to enjoy, from baboons and blue monkeys to vast herds of buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, elephant and lion, and the birdlife is spectacular.
The main lodge is sumptuously furnished and has expansive outdoor decking with fabulous vistas of the lake where pelicans can often be seen diving into the water. There is a good-sized swimming pool with sun-loungers and stunning panoramic views, a spa offering a wide range of treatments, and a gift shop.
The accommodation comprises 16 very spacious chalets, each with private veranda, four-poster bed, private lounge area and a good-sized bathroom complete with indoor and outdoor showers and a large, deep bath. Being gently woken in the morning by the sounds of the wooden bells around the Maasai cow’s necks and the resident birdsong is a delight!
The activities are centred on vehicle safaris in both the Lake Manyara National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater, about an hour away. Tarangire National Park is also a 1-2 hour drive away and visits can be arranged on request. Night drives take place in the Lake Manyara National Park and day time nature walks with Maasai guides are offered around the lodge, allowing guests the slower-paced chance to get closer to nature amidst the breath-taking surroundings of the Great Rift Valley. More vigorous walking safaris can be arranged around Lake Manyara or in the more distant Serengeti. It may be possible, at times, to arrange hot air balloon trips (pre-booking essential).
Escarpment Lodge is in an excellent location for a variety of trips. It is a great option for those looking for a serious safari focus in a beautiful locality with comfort and pampering to boot.
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!
William 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:
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.
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.
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.
Beautiful place. Very private. Food and service excellent.
A nice stopping point on the drive.
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!
Earl 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.
Jonathan Bailey reviewing Mount Kenya: Burguret Chogoria Traverse on 24 September 2018