Reviews of Lemala Manyara
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Fabulous experience at Lemala Manyara
We were so impressed with our first two nights in Tanzania staying at Lemala Manyara. We had no great expectations from previous reviews etc. of the area but nothing further could be the case!
We had the whole camp to ourselves which made for a rather surreal "Out of Africa" experience but the staff could not have been more attentive and welcoming which made us feel extra special. The tent was spotless and beautiful and the "talking shower" experience a delight. The sounds of lion in close proximity at night was thrilling. Food was abundant and of good quality, but a lighter lunch would have been quite adequate.
The park was beautiful with varied terrain/habitats and the game quite superb. 50 elephant next to our safari vehicle, 11 lion, 2 leopard and 2 spotted genet were highlights as well as the amazing sighting of thousands of flamingos on the fringe of the lake right in front of our camp. Altogether, a fabulous experience with excellent guiding by Ayoub, a seasoned guide whom we were delighted to spend 5 further days with.
Lemala Manyara review
Well, this was the beginning of our Safari experience and in truth did not really know what to expect.
Following our flight from Nairobi to Kilamanjiro Airport, we began our experience around 1030hrs by meeting our driver/guide who in truth made a wonderful beginning to our holiday. The Lemala Camp was around a three and a half hour drive from the airport but on the way we had a tour of some of the Lake Manyara Park and by the st a wonderful picnic lunch. When finally arriving at Lemala Manyara Camp around 1530hrs to be met by a number of smiling faces who all made up feel so very special and welcome.
As the day progressed and we were shown around the Camp and to our Tents, everything we could have hoped for was realised. The tents were were laid out and very comfortable, the staff could not do enough to make our stay memorable, they helped in any and every way they could.
The food was excellent, the showers well beyond what we expected. Walking from our tents to the make dining tent in the darkness, accompanied by a member of staff, including a Masai warrior was quite magical. To hear the noises of the "Jungle" was what we called it, again was breath-taking.
We had a wonderful time and would highly recommend.
Benson and his staff were excellent and the food first class.
The only minor adverse comment was the fact that there was no walking talkie system to request staff to accompany to and from our rooms after dark nor any alarm siren (both at Dunia camp)
Saved by the guide at Lemala Manyara
Location - misdescribed - no view of the distant lake.
Arrrival- no drinks offered in tent. No torches. No means of communication at night.
Food- Overcooked. Lamb chops inedible. Fish overcooked to the point of being very dry. Sweetcorn soup very salty and bitty - needed sieving. Sausages for Dinner are unacceptable. Water melon desert but already had been served in packed lunch.
Staff. Not motivated. Manager - disinterested. Did his accounts outside at meal times rather than talking to the guests. Left guests having drinks to talk on his mobile phone. Idle probably best describes them.
Wine Slips. Had to sign for the wine althjough it was included in the price we paid. One night one slip said eleven glasses of wine. My husband could not have drunk all this wine and I had none that evening! He pointed it out and the reply was' you don't have to pay'. Generally the amount on the slips for us to sign was more than twice what we had consumed. So why did they try to fiddle it?
Tent- Had to wait for six or seven minutes for the toilet to fill up. Difficult to flush. Shower- a joke - just a trickle of water.
Not recommended. Staff need retraining.
Lemala Manyara review
Lazy useless manager, Simon! Toilet not flushing, very hot tent which was bad as I was sick. Tents now faded and tired.Read more about the whole safari
Expert Africa comments
In February, Tanzania is hot and fairly humid. We spoke to this traveller directly by mobile phone at this camp soon after they arrived, and did our best to address their issues swiftly as did the team at the camp.
These travellers had been understandably very upset by an (exceedingly rare) incident of theft at their previous camp and we feel that at least some of their feelings of unhappiness here were due to that incident.