Manyara Ranch: Information from the owner
All the information on this page is supplied to us directly from the lodge owner and reflects their view, not ours.
For Expert Africa's view, see our own report, which contains our own observations and views.
|No. of rooms||6|
Main description of Manyara Ranch
Manyara Ranch: Facilities
|Room facilities||En-Suite, Shower, Verandah, Pure Cotton Linen, Dressing Gowns|
|Available services||Laundry Service|
|Activities on site||(some activities may be seasonal) Bird Watching, Game Drives, Game Viewing, Game Walks, Horse Riding, Horse-back Safaris, Safaris, Animal Encounters, Big 5, Cultural Tours, Helicopter Rides, Hot-air Ballooning, General Sightseeing|
Room types at Manyara Ranch
Luxury East African Style Tents
Our six luxury East African style tents provide comfortable and private accommodation, perfectly located for ample wildlife viewing from the tent's deck. Each tent can be configured as a Double, Twin or Triple upon request. All tents have en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water (water is heated morning and evening and on request), and flush toilets. All tents are insect proof.
Activities at Manyara Ranch
An important part of the Manyara Ranch Conservancy experience is to leave your vehicle and explore the wilderness on foot. To support this concept, we also provide sundowners at specially chosen locations in the bush. From open plains to lush riverine areas, with 35,000 acres available for exclusive you can soak up nature with out any disturbances.
Day Time Game Drives
Game driving at Manyara Ranch Conservancy allows us to leave the established tracks and roads to reach more remote areas. Unlike National Parks, where you are not allowed to leave the marked roads; if we can see an animal from a distance, we are able to getting a closer look.
Off-road driving is carefully monitored to ensure the area does not suffer damage as a result.
Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks are located either side of Manyara Ranch Conservancy, a short drive from our luxury tented camp. The conservancy is an excellent place from which to visit these parks on day trips without having to relocate to a new camp or lodge. An ideal stay would be for guests to spend three to four nights within the conservancy with one or two day trips to a nearby park.
The drive to Tarangire National Park takes only 30 minutes, while the gate to Lake Manyara National Park is only 40 minutes away. Ngorongoro Crater is 1 hour and 30 minutes from the camp. Guests take a picnic lunch box with them when they go on day trips.
Escorted Walking Safaris
Our experienced, armed guides will take those interested in exploring the Ranch for game walks from camp or while out on a game drive. We encourage our clients to leave the sounds of the engine behind and whenever possible we explore the Conservancy on foot.
Venture back to the traditional days of safari as you set off on foot through a number of scenic environments. From acacia forests to lush riverine forest, our guides will ensure you experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the African bush. Witness a zebra grazing in the distance; lion sleeping peacefully in the shade of an acacia tree; or to get that ultimate thrill get close to the beautiful African giant, the elephant.
Game Viewing From Hides
A number of hides have been established where visitors may wait unseen for game to come to drink or gather at a salt lick.
Game viewing from the hides can provide some of the best wildlife action on the conservancy. Guests have witnessed many exciting events such as lions stalking zebra and elephants with their young playing in water. While watching such exciting events, guests can enjoy refreshing sundowners and delicious canapés, to complete the overall game hide viewing experience.
Well-trained safari horses are available to explore the conservancy. There being few stones or holes in the area and plenty of game, this is a wonderful area to explore on horseback.
Imagine galloping among a herd of a hundred wildebeest and zebra; or try your skills at tracking elephant and lion from your horse. There is no doubt that horse riding gives you a fabulous and advantageous way to experience Africa's finest wildlife.
Riding can vary from a slow walk to cantering, depending on what wildlife we are near and the surfaces we encounter. We offer half days rides lead by skilled equestrian guides. Rides can only be booked by experienced riders.
Masai Community visits
The Conservancy lies in the heart of Masailand. While no settlements are allowed on the conservancy itself, local villages are located outside which we visit on request. These are not "tourist-facilities" but local community homes to which we are invited by the people to visit from time to time.
Learn more about lifestyle of the local community, the main beneficiaries of the conservancy and your visit.
Night Game Drives
Late afternoon game drives can extend into the night after a sundowner in the bush. Night drives enable visitors to see nocturnal game rarely seen during the day - a particular highlight for many!
Rarely offered in other areas of northern Tanzania, night game drives are a great way to explore the African wilderness in a completely exhilarating fashion. Search the darkness for that flicker of light from what could only be a pair of eyes. From the elusive aardvark to bouncing bush babies, the nocturnal species are a fascinating way to learn more about Africa's interesting and unique wildlife.
Spotlights are used by our trained guides in a manner that ensures animals are not disturbed.
Ranch Operation Visits
The cattle enterprise on Manyara Ranch is managed by the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF). They provide an insight into the importance of cattle to the Tanzanian economy and the local pastoralist community.
AWF promote the improvement of cattle stock aimed at producing a better quality of cattle for local markets. The project also helps in protecting the lion population. Guests may visit the cattle enterprise if they wish to learn more.