&Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge: Tanzania

From £685
Price is per person per night on a fully inclusive basis with park fees & game viewing activities.

Cradled quietly within the mahogany forest, sits ten romantic stilted treehouse suites, crafted from local timber and makuti palm fronds.

Sat proudly as the only lodge within Lake Manyara National Park, Manyara Tree lodge offers a truly wild experience.

Lake Manyara National Park is home to a variety of diverse habitats, boasting soda lakes, dense woodlands, steep mountainsides, and an ancient mahogany forest, making it an extremely sought-after destination for all Safari lovers.

Cradled quietly within the mahogany forest, sits ten romantic stilted treehouse suites, crafted from local timber and makuti palm fronds. With daily visits from the local elephants, these sophisticated lodges offer a delightful blend of intimacy, romance, and exclusivity. What's more, each treehouse was designed to exert minimal impact on the environment, allowing guests to enjoy this tranquil haven guilt-free.

During your stay a Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, you are rewarded with twice-daily game drives, which provide you with the opportunity to spot the park’s renowned tree-climbing lions and an incredible variety of exotic birdlife including the pink flamingo (a truly fascinating spectacle to behold). After dark, opportunities arise for guests to spot hippos who emerge from the water to feed on the floodplain and the Maasai giraffe who grazed on the acacia trees and surrounding woodlands.

Additionally, Lake Manyara Tree Lodge offers the ultimate spot to rejuvenate mind, body, and soul, at their very own wellness centre, cocooned within a lush forest environment. Holistically centred, guests can enjoy healing therapies, traditional massages, and organic practices while they connect with nature and zen out. What's more, guests can even work out in their room with the lodges convenient Gym in a Basket.

The Guest areas are houses with local artworks and sensory fabrics, allowing fine dining experiences to be enjoyed in pure luxury. For the more hands-on guests, the interactive kitchens allow you to help with food preparation before enjoying your gorgeous meals under the starry skies and sharing stories around the forest boma.

Fact Sheet

Highlights

  • Unbeatable Tranquility - Reconnect with yourself & nature in an ancient mahogany Forest
  • Tree-Climbing Lions - Search for the famous tree-climbing lions in the Lake Manyara National Park
  • Seasonal Flamingos - Soda lake with pink Flamingos strutting on the shoreline
  • Night Game Drives - discover rare nocturnal wildlife beneath the starry night skies.
  • Community Cycle Visit - Scenic guided bike rides through the Mayoka Community

Amenities

  • Stunning Massage Sala - unwind with forest views & a relaxing treatment
  • Sparkling Lodge Swimming pool - The perfect place to refresh and relax
  • Boma - The dining area opens up to a traditional African boma, where dinner is served beneath the nights sky as traditional fires (jikos).
  • Interactive Kitchen - The interactive kitchen brings a cheerful atmosphere to the lodge, allowing guests to watch their mouth-watering meals being prepared or even cook alongside the resident chefs giving guests the opportunity to learn more about pan-African cuisine.
  • Signature Shop - Authentic, handcrafted items from the region
  • Strong Wifi connections
  • Swarovski Binoculars - Complimentary use for the duration of your Safari.

Lodge Overview:

Sophisticated treehouse suites are graced by the sounds of the surrounding forest. Each luxury treehouse offers guests a private eye into the beautiful surroundings and the rich foliage, allow for that perfect nights sleep.

  • Maximum number of guests is 18 - with 9 stunning treehouse suites available (including a Family Suite). Here the Family accommodation 1 x Family Treehouse consisting of two ensuite rooms
  • Check in / Check out times 14h00 / 10h00
  • Lodge closure April
  • Private dinning and private butler service
  • Boma and interactive kitchen
  • Lodge swimming pool
  • Wellness offering Healing Earth treatments offered in-room or in the massage sala
  • Fitness Gym-in-a-basket in each room
  • Complimentary laundry service
  • Vehicle type 6-seater open safari vehicle

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Why We Love Lake Manners Tree Lodge:

Diversity of habitats: This unique park, flanked by the Rift Valley and soda lake has an incredible diversity of habitats. The nine rivers support a variety of wildlife and birdlife and extraordinary trees including baobabs, flamingos, lions and more.

Sunrises & Sunsets: The stunning lake creates a spectacular translucence, making sunrises and sunsets truly spectacular. With Manyara Tree lodge being the only lodge in the park, you can experience your very own private golden glow of sunset and watch the birds shimmer in multi-coloured shades as the sun goes down.

Tree Climbing Lions & More: The Park is famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions and the vast elephant families it was established to protect. The shores of the lake, encrusted with seasonal pink flamingo, attract more than 400 species of waterfowl and migrant birds.

Tree House Sleeping: Sophisticated treehouse suites are graced by the sounds of the forest. Each exclusive treehouse offers guests a private eye into the lush surroundings of the lodge. Immersed in rich foliage, slumber with the night sounds enveloping you.

Getting There:

Location: In Lake Manyara National Park

Set in the heart of a mahogany forest, Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is the only permanent lodge in the park of the same name. Designed to exert minimal impact on the environment, you can enjoy this tranquil haven guilt-free.

Getting to Lake Manyara Tree Lodge: A number of airlines operate twice-daily scheduled flights from Arusha Airport to Lake Manyara Airstrip, followed by a scenic 3½-hour drive to the lodge through the national park, with game viewing en route.

Coastal Air operates daily flights from Dar es Salaam to Lake Manyara Airstrip, followed by a scenic 3½-hour drive to the lodge through the national park, with game viewing en route.

Suite:

Each treehouse suite features a gorgeous outside deck that is suspended above the forest floor and boasts large windows allowing the light from the lush forest to filter in. The classically elegant bedrooms are fitted with modern furnishings, overhead fans and elegant mosquito nets. The bathrooms have freestanding baths with a forest view and an outdoor shower.

Room Facilities: Personal bar / Overhead fans Yes / Mosquito nets / Bath & Shower / Separate W.C. / Telephone In-room / Intermittent GSM mobile reception / Hairdryer Yes / In-room safe Yes / Plug type 220V AC plug points in rooms. Plug type: G British – BS 1363 / Triple bed option Two (children 16 years and younger)

Beds

Double or Twin Beds

Views

Lush Forest

Occupancy

Maximum of 2 people

Bathroom

Outdoor Shower & Separate bathroom

Something Unique

Bath and walking shower

Family Tree House Suite:

The Family Suite is nestled in the wing of Lake Manyara’s ancient trees and connects two classically elegant en-suite rooms. A lavish deck suspends above the forest floor and boasts large windows allowing the light from the lush forest to filter in. The main bathroom features a freestanding bath and an indoor shower, whilst the second bathroom features an elegant indoor shower for maximum comfort.

Room Facilities: Personal bar / Overhead fans Yes / Mosquito nets / Bath & Shower / Separate W.C. / Telephone In-room / Intermittent GSM mobile reception / Hairdryer Yes / In-room safe Yes / Plug type 220V AC plug points in rooms. Plug type: G British – BS 1363 / Triple bed option Two (children 16 years and younger)

Beds

Double or Twin Beds

Views

Lush Forest

Occupancy

Maximum 2 adults & 2 children (3 children on request)

Bathroom

Outdoor Shower & Separate bathroom

Something Unique

Freestanding bath and an indoor shower,

Safari Game Drive in Lake Manyara

Inclusive game drives from Lake Manyara Tree Lodge allows guests to explore areas of the park that cannot be reached by others visitors, meaning your drives are completely undisturbed by other tourists.

Each morning and afternoon, set off with your private guide and tracker in an open 4×4 safari vehicle. Here you will explore the diverse habitats of the park, stopping on the lakeshore to admire the different bird species and look for the elegant pink flamingo. Traversing a mosaic of acacia woodlands, grassy floodplains and tall forests in search of abundant wildlife, you will even get the chance to see the famed tree-climbing lions and large family herds of elephant.

Other sights include passing the 200+ Olive baboon troop, giraffe families, wildebeest, horned buffalo bulls, the elusive leopard and even the Cape clawless otter.

Despite being one of Tanzania’s smaller wilderness enclaves, Lake Manyara National Park is rich in game and boasts magnificent terrain. This fascinating environment allows you to be at one with nature, and fully appreciate the extraordinary wildlife of this fascinating country.

Included

Bicycle ride through Mayoka village:

Guests at Lake Manyara Tree Lodge can enjoy a scenic guided bike ride through the Mayoka community.

Driving to Mayoka to collect your bicycle, you begin your journey by cycling through the bustling village and interact with the friendly people, including the nomadic Mang’ati tribe, dressed in traditional animal skin cloaks, skirts and colourful beads. This picturesque bike ride brings you to the lakeshore, where you can admire the bright pink flocks of flamingos. If the birds are close enough, put on some gumboots and walk out to observe and photograph them. All proceeds go directly to the Mayoka community.

photo cred: @&beyond

Treetop canopy walk:

Lose yourself among the treetops on a treetop canopy tour. Stroll through the ancient mahogany forests of this magnificent national park, as you start on a short boardwalk that gradually rises from ground level to the forest canopy. Glide adventurously over a series of suspension bridges, flanked with thick netting for safety, and stop to marvel at viewing decks that blend into the massive tree trunks. Enjoy an intimate glimpse of life in the treetops, eye-to-eye with monkeys, birds and butterflies, and accompanied by your private guide. Spend an hour suspended up to 18 metres (59 feet) above the forest floor.

Boasting a magnificent bird’s eye view of the forest hopefully, you will be able to spot some gorgeous wildlife in the lush foliage. Massive grey elephants barrel their way through shrubs and trees and proud buffalo brush the forest floor. You are never far from the infinite Blue Monkeys that play, cavort and relish the opportunity to play catch, tag, and jump maniacally on the suspension bridges and, if given the chance, will go tandem with you on your canopy glide. Listen closely and you will hear a symphony of birds chattering and tweeting, especially the trumpeting Silvery-cheeked Hornbills that swoosh past.

photo cred: @&beyond

Night game drive in Lake Manyara National Park:

Add another dimension to your daily game drives and enter the world of Africa’s nocturnal predator. These night drives at Lake Manyara National Part are particularly spectacular, with the moon reflecting off Manyara lake. After an early dinner, leave the lodge at about 8:00pm (20hr) and explore the park for approximately three hours. Your expert guide will take you through the park’s diverse habitats in search of nocturnal animals and sounds, giving you a completely different perspective of this amazing park.

Keep your eyes open, and hopefully, you will be lucky enough to spot shy genets, lithe civet cats and prickly porcupines. Possibly easier to see will be the massive hippos happily foraging under a leafy tree on the roadside. Leopards often wander around the park and, even though it is not a given that you will see one, there are regular sightings of them. The kings of the jungle, the golden lions, pride themselves on sleeping all day so fortunately, you are sure to see them as they are most mobile at night. It is when they hunt.

Cultural tour of Mto Wa Mbu town:

Bustling with a variety of cultures from around Tanzania, the little town of Mto Wa Mbu lies at the entrance to Lake Manyara National Park. A local agricultural hub, the town is famous for its crops of rice and the distinctive red bananas that Tanzania is known for. A half-day tour of the town in the company of a local guide allows travellers to interact with local farmers, as well as artisans, craftsmen and painters. A sampling of the local banana beer adds a unique taste of local flavour.

This cross-cultural melting pot is home to approximately 120 tribes. A bustling, thriving village, it is fascinating to hear the colourful blend of languages and witness first-hand the unique customs. Cultural diversity is seen in the various entrepreneurial ways including a farmer from Kigoma producing palm oil from palm trees that he purchased from the shores of Lake Tanganyika, and the Rangi creating colourful, beautiful mats and baskets using papyrus from the lakes and rivers.

photo cred: @&beyond

Included

  • All Accommodation
  • Three meals daily
  • Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirit and beers, teas and coffees
  • Refreshments on game drives
  • Laundry
  • Swarovski Optik binoculars for use during stay
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • WILDchild programme (please enquire for more information)
  • Safari activities at safari lodges
  • Twice-daily game drives
  • Transfers to/from the lodge airstrip

Excluded

  • Administration fee
  • Telephone calls
  • Gratuities
  • Personal items
  • Shop purchases
  • Champagne, cognacs, fine wines, premium brand spirits, cigars
  • Park fees (and government charges)
  • Healing Earth Wellness treatments
  • Infrastructure tax of USD 1.50 pp/pn*
  • Transfers from Lake Manyara Airstrip/Ngorongoro
  • Crater Lodge or vice versa
  • Night drives (unless on Explore More of Manyara)
  • Maasai cultural visits
  • Bicycle tour
  • Tree top canopy walk

Essential Information

Visa:

It is possible to obtain a tourist visa for a single entry at any one of the following main entry points to Tanzania, subject to the fulfilment of all immigration and health requirements for approximately USD$50 in cash:

Dar es Salaam International Airport Zanzibar International Airport Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) Namanga Entry Point (Tanzania-Kenya border point) Kasumulu Border crossing Isebania Border crossing Alternatively, you will need to purchase your visa in advance at any Diplomatic or Consulate Mission of the United Republic of Tanzania abroad.

The cost is approximately USD100 depending on nationality and should take one business day. At the present time, you do not require a multi-entry visa to Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda due to an agreement between the three countries (i.e. if you exit Kenya to Tanzania you can re-enter Kenya on the same visa).

However, if your trip visits Tanzania twice after a visit to a country other than those listed above, you may need to purchase two visas.

For the most up to date information on visa requirements, we recommend you contact the Tanzania embassy in your country or visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/tanzania/entry-requirements

Vaccinations:

It may be required to show a Yellow Fever certificate upon entering the country. Please check in with your local consulate and health expert for advice on Yellow Fever and other inoculations required for this area.

Travel Insurance:

Travel Insurance is an important part of any booking. We recommend everyone who travels with us has taken out adequate travel insurance which includes cover for the full value of your holiday with us.

If you would like to obtain cover for your trip please feel free to contact specialist Insurance Brokers, Campbell Irvine Direct for a quote. GoKo Travels is an Introducer Appointed Representative of Campbell Irvine Ltd who are Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority .

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(c) You can now lock in your trip with a small refundable deposit and then pay the rest in instalments whenever you like, with no interest or fees.

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As part of our commitment to preserving planet earth, we donate 3% of our profits to GoKo Travel's registered non-for-profit, "The GoKo Earth Preservation".

The GoKo Earth Preservation has been set up to protect and preserve the natural habitats of our planet and to conserve and enhance the biodiversity of threatened environments and endangered species around the globe. This is achieved through rewilding, reforestation and marine conservation projects, alongside local community support.

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By helping with the creation of new parks, we can support local economies, empower native communities and put healthy landscapes into permanent protection.

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The GoKo Carbon Offsetting scheme does not focus on just planting trees, but rather the purchasing, persevering and protecting standing forests from deforestation and degradation - helping revive forests back to full health and avoiding the release of stored carbon. This also enables the regeneration of degraded habitats, which gradually re-absorb atmospheric CO2.

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