Lemala Manyara has a lovely spot on the shores of the lake...
Lemala Manyara: Our full report
Lemala Manyara is a seasonal tented lodge set in the heart of Lake Manyara National Park. It's one of only two lodges situated within the park boundaries themselves allowing instant access to the park and its wildlife. Lemala Manyara is a sister camp to Lemala Ngorngoro, the seasonal Lemala Mara and Ndutu camps, and Lemala Ewanjan and Kuria Hills. Although none of the Expert Africa team have had a chance to visit this camp yet, we've visited some of the other Lemala properties, and expect it to be very similar, with the same good service and friendly atmosphere.
This camp has a great location - down towards the quiet southern end of the park, on the shores of the lake. Staying down here allows the freedom and time to explore the park in depth, and reach the areas that an afternoon trip wouldn't allow. In addition, walks and nightdrives are possible from here at an extra cost.
There are eight tents accommodating up to three people, at Lemala Manyara, and one family tent fitting up to two adults and two children under 12. All of the tents have wooden flooring covered in rugs, en-suite bathrooms with flush toilet and bucket-showers. The main mess tent has a few sofas, book shelves and old chunky wooden chests lending character and style, and making for a comfy place to relax after a hard day on safari! One long dining table is set each evening so guests can all sit together and reflect on the day's sightings.
Lemala Manyara is a good option if you wish to stay within the park, but don't quite have the budget for Lake Manyara Tree Lodge. Its friendly atmosphere and the family tent make it a good option for those travelling with children.
Ideal length of stay: Stay here for 2 nights to explore Lake Manyara and take advantage of the walking and night drives.
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Dining style: Group Meals
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included
Health & safety
Malarial area: Yes
Dangerous animals: High Risk
Laundry facilities: Laundry is limited to three garments per person.