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Escarpment Lodge

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- Sumptuous accommodation and spa
- Game drives and walking safaris
- Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks
- Ngorongoro Crater visits

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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.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 536 reviews


  • Trip was great and all the arrangements were excellent so thank you for all the help!

    Drivers and transfers were all good - on time and very good service on each trip.

    Accommodation was lovely - Douar Samra was amazing (weather could have been better but lovely regardless). Riad in Marrakesh was also great!

    All in all a great trip and we loved the variety of the mountains, Marrakesh and the coast.

    Thanks you once again!

    MissingHardeep S reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2024

  • I was also just about to email you to thank you and the team for arranging yet again, another wonderful experience.

    Mount Kenya was spectacular and wild - I think I prefer it to Kili in many ways. The entire support team was professional, friendly and all round fantastic in making sure that we were safe, well fed and well looked after. In particular, we would commend Peter the guide as well as Paul one of the porters who doubled-up as his deputy on summit day. Our route was often shrouded in mist and rain that rapidly gathered in the valleys and moorlands, and we were very impressed at how Peter managed to navigate us safely through all of that notwithstanding. In addition, we loved learning about the history of Mount Kenya from him in the evenings. And ofcourse, I was blown away by the lovely birthday surprise at the end complete with balloons and a delicious cake that had journeyed with us from day 1. One thing we might recommend because of the sudden change in weather (it would sometimes get extremely cold and wet) is for the equipment list to be a little bit more detailed in terms of its recommendations e.g. layers to be moisture-wicking, walking boots be waterproof, doubling up on socks to avoid blisters etc.

    El Karama is a beautiful conservancy and the lodge a true labour of love. Great hospitality in a relaxed environment. Delicious, fresh food. We enjoyed the drives, even if we didn't see much wildlife as the heavens opened on us for the last two outings. However, since it was very much geared towards families, I am not sure if I would stay again without kids. That said, I think it was perfect for a 3d/2n stay post mountain, and a much better choice than flying to the masai mara given the limited time we had.

    Our transits were smooth. Samuel the driver was always on time, drove safely and kept the vehicle clean.

    So it was a brilliant experience and one which I certainly will cherish for some time to come. It was great to work with you for a third time, and I certainly hope it won't be the last

    MissingJuhae C reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 01 March 2024

  • Thank you, we had an absolute wonderful time, and everything was well-planned and as described. Carla was crying on the day of our departure from Ants Nest, she didn’t want to go home and for it all to end, and when I asked how much longer she would want to stay, she responded “four weeks”

    MissingLars B reviewing Best of South Africa for Families on 01 March 2024

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