E Unoto Retreat
E Unoto Retreat sits atop a foothill below the Rift Valley Escarpment, overlooking the small Lake Miwaleni. It is a peaceful location, about 12 miles from Lake Manyara National Park, and is reached by traversing a track past Maasai villages. The lodge was created in 2000 with admirable plans of working together with the local Maasai communities: it was to offer visitors the opportunity to experience Maasai culture while their stay would create employment for the surrounding community and generate provision for improved health care and education. When we first visited E Unoto in 2007 we were impressed with its ethos and standards, but by 2011, accommodation standards had slipped and the Maasai community was hardly involved in the project at all.
Our view of E Unoto Retreat
The concept promised by E Unoto Retreat of a lodge working closely with the surrounding community is a great one on paper, and an experience we thoroughly enjoyed in 2007. Should E Unoto live up to its potential again in the future, it is a lodge that we would be delighted to support. However, we are not recommending it in its current state.
E Unoto Retreat: Traveller ratings
E Unoto is located nearby to a number of Maasai communities.