Located in two administrative regions; Manyara and Arusha, Lake Manyara is one of Tanzania’s most amazing national parks.
The Park is just a 1 hour and half hours’ drive from Arusha and it is also within a close proximity to the popular and alluring Ngorongoro crater.
That aside, Lake Manyara National Park is most popular for its unique tree climbing lions which cannot be found anywhere else with the exception of it and Uganda’s remarkable Queen Elizabeth National Park. Lake Manyara, a soda ash lake along with its flamingos is among the other most outstanding attractions in the Park.
To people who have not yet seen these unique types of lions, which climb trees, might have peculiar looks after they have heard of the term ‘tree climbing lions’ as it is really atypical for the lions to scale trees and perch atop branches.
However, you will be amazed by these unusual species of lions once you visit Lake Manyara National Park.
Though there are rumors that these species of lions can also be spotted in Tarangire National Park and in South Africa’s Kruger National Park too, you are really not guaranteed that you will see them in those Parks as you are guaranteed when you visit Lake Manyara and Queen Elizabeth National Parks.
Other attractions in the Park
Besides its unusual and amazing tree climbing lions, the Park has very many attractions that sparkle tourists who always go there for holidays or wildlife safaris.
Among the other wildlife species to spot in the Park include; cheetahs, leopards, usual lions, elephants, giraffes, hippos, zebras, dik-diks, impalas, Masai giraffes, and over 400 bird species, including the flamingos that throng banks of the alkaline Lake Manyara.
Activities in the Park
Tree-top walkway; the Park is really very unique as you will indulge in an uncommon activity of treetop walkway where you get a thrilling sky-high adventure straight through the forest.
It is a 370 meters’ air-walk, and begins right from the short board-walk as in the due course you rise in an altitude leading to a series of suspension bridges with secure netting on either side, thus giving you a bird’s-eye view of the forest.
The tree-top walkway activity is really unmissable as it offers priceless memories – you will feel as if you’re up in the sky having stunning views from there, nothing can ever be unforgettable than this – wow!!
The other fascinating activities in the Park include; day and night game drives, superb bird watching, canoeing, and cultural encounters (Masai People).
The Park’s Accessibility
By your private car, the Park is just a one and half hours’ drive from Arusha though it can also be easily accessed from Babati, the capital of Manyara region. However, you can also access the Park by air as there is an airport – Lake Manyara Airport.
Accommodations in Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge
Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge is strategically located on the very edge of the vertiginous western escarpment of the Rift Valley, affording stunning views down across the whole Lake.
Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge invites you to an unforgettable safari experience from its privileged location, unrivalled by any other, both for game viewing and scenery.
Elegantly designed as a two-level ensemble of buildings, its authentic traditional African style decorations create a unique atmosphere that perfectly combines extreme tranquility with the best of adventure-packed safari experiences.
From its privileged position, all the lodge’s 100 guestrooms have stunning views across the tranquil and beautiful waters of the flamingo-packed Lake.
Tastefully furnished and decorated in an authentic African style, the spacious rooms and suites are all en-suite and have mosquito netting over the air vents.
Among the 100 rooms are suites, communicating rooms (specially designed for families) and deluxe rooms. There is a mix of both twin rooms and double rooms (with one double bed). Wake–up calls can be made on request.
The lodge has modern facilities, such as; the sumptuous swimming pool which is situated in a panoramic setting, surrounded by large landscaped gardens to relax and enjoy. The bar is a friendly meeting point where guests can enjoy sundowners and relive their day’s adventures.
It is provided with a superb terrace overlooking Lake Manyara, being a picturesque setting to enjoy the taste of exotic drinks.
The exclusive boutique offers local art and handicrafts… Take a piece of Safari home! In the TV lounge with selected DSTV channels, guests can be kept informed on the events of the outside world; also, videos are displayed with informative explanations about the amazing natural spectacle that its privileged guests are directly living!
There is a landing airstrip only 10 minutes from the Lodge for domestic airlines, making trips to these lands of huge dimensions easy and comfortable. A professional nurse is available in the Lodge for medical assistance.
Among the endless services of Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge are full housekeeping services, such as laundry and babysitting (on request), as well as communication facilities like telephone and radio.
Also, services of 24 hour reception, mailing, currency exchange facilities, fax, major credit cards accepted and safes at reception are available.
Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge
Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge is located 110 kilometers from Arusha, 15 kilometers from Mto wa Mbu Village, 7 kilometers from Lake Manyara Airport, and 10 kilometers from Lake Manyara National Park.
The property comprises of 50 suites and 2 bedroom luxury villas all with panoramic views of the surrounding area. All rooms are tastefully decorated with all the amenities one would expect in a 5 star lodge, inclusive of inside and outside shower, bath, air conditioning, fire places, Wi-Fi, mini bar, safe and private balcony.
The spectacular main house has all the luxuries including main lounge, grand hallway, dining room, spa, boutique, conference room, board-room, media (TV) room, outside fire place, rim flow pool, billiard table, gym and children’s activity room.
&Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge
& Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge boasts 9 tree house suites including 1 family suite in the heart of a mahogany forest; outdoor showers; Wi-Fi in suites.
Designed to exert minimal impact on the environment, the lodge offers an exclusive interpretive safari in a remote, game-rich wilderness.
Overlooking a forest Boma, or outdoor dining area, lined with traditional dugout canoes, guest areas are characterized by soaring spaces that house local artworks and tactile fabrics.
An interactive kitchen allows guests to observe the preparation of delicious dishes that are enjoyed in the theatrical Boma or on the open dining decks, with spectacular forest views. The lodge also features a Safari Shop that boasts signature community craftwork and a range of lodge branded safari clothing.
Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
Tanzania’s towering Mto wa Mbu escarpment provides a remarkable backdrop for a one-of-a-kind visit. Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge welcomes you with a peaceful location amidst the rich wildlife and unsurpassed tranquility of Lake Manyara National Park.
The lake is home to over 300 migratory birds including flamingoes, long-crested eagles and grey-headed kingfisher; the lodge is designed to mimic this extraordinary birdlife, with an architectural motif featuring swooping avian curves and vibrantly coloured wall frescoes depicting the intricacy of bird migratory patterns.
Effortlessly blending traditional style and modern comfort, Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge provides a tranquil retreat for your Tanzania holiday.
Settle into your beautifully appointed accommodation, which is furnished with colors inspired by the breathtaking natural beauty of the lodge’s surroundings.
Make use of thoughtful amenities including free Wi-Fi, enjoy the views from your veranda or wrap up in your plush robe and relax with room service after an exhilarating day on safari. For a truly special experience, reserve the lodge’s lush Losimingori Suite, which offers a separate sitting area, a flat-screen TV and a balcony.
At Lake Manyara Serena lodge, you will find everything you need to relax, rejuvenate and discover the singular beauty of the region. Housed in circular two-storey “rondavels”, its accommodation pays homage to tradition, while also offering contemporary perks.
Flamingo Restaurant, the central dining room, serves delicious cuisine and includes a veranda with picturesque views; the lodge would be pleased to arrange a meal in the bush for you as well. Take part in an enchanting game drive or outdoor excursion, tour one of the neighboring villages or simply lounge by the lodge’s “vanishing horizon” pool.
Those hosting their wedding or group event with the lodge can benefit from its modern facilities and gorgeous location, not to mention the careful attention of its planning staff.
And with a range of family-friendly activities, the lodge is a delightful destination for visitors of all ages. The holiday of a lifetime awaits you at Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge.
Kirurumu Manyara Lodge
The lodge is perched outside the Park, set high on the edge of the Great Rift Valley escarpment with spectacular views of the flamingo-packed lake, Lake Manyara.
It is just a 15 minutes’ drive to Manyara Airstrip, 20 minutes’ drive to Lake Manyara National Park, and about two and a half hours’ drive to Arusha town.
Kirurumu Manyara Lodge comprises of 27 tented rooms with thatched roof and wooden verandah offered in twin or single, double, triple, family suite & honeymoon suite, all with bathrooms en-suite.
The property is equipped with various facilities including a dining room with waiter service, a bar with sundeck and panoramic view of the rift valley, Masai guided ethno botanical walks, fly camping, laundry, and a boutique / gift shop.
Lake Masek Tented Lodge
The camp boasts 20 spacious tents, all with double or triple beds. The tents have en-suite bathrooms, a bath and an outside shower. So after a day on safari, guests can have a relaxing bath or a shower under the stars.
One of the tents has a capacity for four persons, making it ideal for families. Each tent is set-up on a wooden platform and has its own private terrace from where one can observe the different wildlife which visits the lake in search of water.
From the private terrace of your tent you can observe the wildlife of the area. Many animals visit the lake in search of water and therefore this camp is in a privileged observation point.
That aside, this area is the principle setting of the Great Migration which takes place from December to April and the Big Five visit the area. The camp is set-up every year in a different part of the area, to make sure that you will always have the best place to see this impressive spectacle from your own tent.
In addition, the camp is ecological without losing in comfort and attention. The electricity is generated by solar panels and the water is rain water collected during the rains. All the products used are biodegradables.
Escarpment Luxury Lodge
Inviting the incredible beauty of the African bush in expanses of windows and doors mean that you have nature right around you as you sit in the comfort and luxury of the superbly appointed bar lounge.
A spreading deck surrounding the main lodge affords you breathtaking views of the lake and the gorge upon which the lodge perches watch pelican sweep the skies as you take sundowners, see the sun slip like a segment of orange into the hills and listen to the sounds of Africa nestle up to you as night slides in.
Perfectly integrated with nature, the lodge’s tranquil retreat presents an idyllic escape into utmost tranquility from the fast pace of daily life.
Set in a truly dramatic location on the rim of the Great Rift Valley gorge, the lodge offers spectacular views of Lake Manyara national park and its entire surroundings.
The lodge has a friendly and sincere staff that takes great pride in extending warm, personalized, and attentive service to its valued guests. Personal butlers are designated to ensure that a complete feeling of ease and undivided care is felt throughout the duration of your stay in this unforgettable setting.
Migunga Tented Camp
Nestled in a lavish, low light glade, near the northeastern shores of Lake Manyara, Migunga is a tranquil tented camp that provides quick access to the national park (it is just 10 minutes away) at an excellent price.
The massive thatched communal area (that houses the bar plus dining area that is completely open in front and faces a tall rack of fever trees) is where visitors spend most of their evenings exchanging safari ideas.
Migunga comprises of nineteen semi-luxury permanent tents on elevated platforms having attached bathrooms as well as private verandas.
This camp was upgraded and 11 extra tented nice suites that are very spacious and pitched on wooden platforms and there is a thatched main building that houses a restaurant, reading area plus bar.
Every one of the tents is privately placed close to a central glade, providing shade as well as privacy but only a brief distance to the restaurant plus bar.
Burudika Manyara Lodge
Burudika Manyara Lodge is the realization of a shared dream, years in the making. Its creators and custodians, Alice and Erastus, have brought their social entrepreneurship, passion, experience, expertise and spirit together to make this wonderful haven available to the world as a tribute to their country; its wildlife and its people. In simple language, Burudika means ‘to enjoy the comfortableness’.
Burudika lodge is situated 113 kilometers from Arusha town, literally a one and half hours’ drive. It is accessible on the Great North Road (Arusha – Dodoma), turn off in Makuyuni in the direction of Mto wa Mbu and Ngorongoro.
The wooden signpost for the lodge is 19-20 kilometers after the turn in Makuyini, on your left side. Then, it’s another 5 kilometers of dirt road towards the lodge.
Africa Safari Lake Manyara
If you are looking for a Safari lodge in Tanzania, you’ve found the right place. Africa Safari Lake Manyara is a luxury safari lodge, looking out over the lake and the Jangwani corridor and located between the foot of the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara.
You will enjoy a spacious complex with 4 different accommodation types all carefully furnished in an authentic African style, such as; Premium Bungalows, Luxury Glamping Safari Tents, Safari Comfort Tents with en suite bathroom and 1 to 14 person Bell tents.
We also offer a swimming pool with sun terrace, Lounge bar, Restaurant, Fitness & Massage Centre, Free Wi-Fi, 24-hour reception and a Guest Relation Desk for all your questions, excursions or last-minute Safari trips.
Maramboi Tented Lodge
The property comprises of 38 spacious tented rooms, individually built on a raised deck with en-suite bathroom. There are 6 family rooms, perfect for guests with children.
The bathrooms have a built-in shower and each tent has its own terrace from where guests can enjoy views of Lake Manyara and the Rift Valley.
Relax after a day of emotions in a luxury camp with the best views of the Great Rift Valley. Wildlife calls at the door of Maramboi Tented Lodge.
Zebras, giraffes, warthogs, gazelles, You could see them appear between the palm trees from the terrace of your exclusive tent, from the swimming pool whilst enjoying a cool drink after a walk with a Masai guide or whilst you enjoy a delicious dinner under the stars.
Situated in the ecosystem of Lake Manyara, in fields of golden vegetation, Maramboi Tented Camp brings together premium services, exclusive attentions and genuine hospitality in a spectacular scene.