Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

Reviews of Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

Excellent(99%) From 14 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 14 of our travellers who have visited Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs D from Herts
Arrived on: 9-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Amazing 'jungle' experience

This was our favourite lodge on holiday. Although the animal experience is not as dramatic as the Serengeti, the location and landscape around the lodge easily make up for this. A two night stay is a must! One night is total waste of time. Lake Manyara is a very special place and those people passing through in one day have no time to fully appreciate it.
The accommodation was stunning and immaculately presented. The restaurant is beautiful and serves very sophisticated food in a glorious romantic setting. All the staff were totally charming and went out of their way to make our stay unforgettable.

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Mr & Mrs G from the Lake District UK
Arrived on: 7-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Lake Manyara Tree Lodge review

We planned our stay here especially for the birds and it didn't disappoint us. Our guide, Peter, was very knowledgeable on his birds and very obliging and patient with our constant requests to stop.

The camp is in a great location and the individual tree lodges are well furnished and maintained. The open mesh windows in the lodges make nighttime very atmospheric. Staff are very friendly and the food is excellent. Dining around the boma in the evening under a starlit sky is a fantastic experience.

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The P family from Norfolk
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Lake Manyara Tree Lodge review

Made to feel so welcome. The room was amazing and the personal care just the best. The game drives were so different from normal savannah with sunrises over the lake. A profusion of birdlife and a good variety of mammals. No tree climbing lions though. We were joined by 2 large bull elephants whilst having lunch at the pool.

Food was good too and in particular we enjoyed our dinners surrounded by night lights and being joined by a greater galago.

Two days not enough

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Mr & Mrs H - Australia
Arrived on: 2-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Lake Manyara Tree Lodge review

Our guide Stephen was excellent. Well educated, good mannerd and fun to be with. Two nights in this small but beautifull park are sufficient to explore the area.

We would visit again.

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Mr A. from Madison
Arrived on: 1-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Lake Manyara Tree Lodge review

Unique camp in a wooded setting. Cabins were roomy and conformable.

A surprising and diverse animal and bird viewing at Manyra.

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Mr MW and Mr M from France
Arrived on: 13-Feb-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Luxury in the bush

This tries to be high-end luxury and succeeds. Very personalised service - your own butler - the accommodation was lovely and comfortable and, once again, the staff have to be praised.

The food was all you expected it to be with unusual ingredients, all fresh and sourced locally.

All in all a very relaxing and enjoyable experience.

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Mr and Mrs H from Abu Dhabi
Arrived on: 6-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Elephants galore

Being in our room was like living in the jungle - surrounded by thick undergrowth and tall trees, filled with monkeys and bush babies. There were quite a few exciting moments here!

We met a large bull elephant on the path as we were going for breakfast the first morning so we backtracked up to steps to safety and they monkeys obviously thought Lawrence needed to diet since one stole his breakfast right off his plate!!

The same day Patrice, our wonderful butler set up our lunch at the poolside, next to the wallow hole. He later warned us that an elephant was on its way to the hole and was using the footpath, advising us to put the swimming pool between us and the elephant. This did happen and after studying us for what seemed like an age, it progressed to the water hole. A second less friendly elephant arrived later and was less pleased to see us. After a lot of ear flapping, trumpeting and mock charges, we decided that discretion was the better part of valour and gave our dessert a miss, leaving him in peace ! The staff did keep a careful watch on how things were going so we didn't feel as if we had been abandoned ! It was a reminder though that these are wild animals and not peaceful and benevolent giants. We saw many family groups of elephants during safaris in Manyara and it was a treat to see how carefully they guarded their young and how sociable they are.

Another treat here were the enormous troops of baboons, who held evening meetings on the road !!

Sundowners at the beautiful shore of Lake Manyara. Malley our guide was always very keen to ensure we saw everything, always trying to put in the extra effort to ensure we had a holiday of a lifetime.

On the final day, we were a little late arriving at the airstrip and were just handed a packed up breakfast as we left the car to go to the plane, when a cup of coffee would have been very welcome indeed, especially as it had been a cold drive. We felt very jealous of the new arrivals who had time for a leisurely coffee before beginning the next leg of their trip.

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Mss L & Mss W - New York
Arrived on: 31-Jan-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Tree House!

First, the hotel is really beautiful. It was a perfect blend of modern luxury with being in a jungle. I loved it.

The only downside was the excessive presence of bugs and bats in our room. At night, we had no fewer than four bats flying around our heads, which was a little frightening for my friend. That said, the rooms were beautiful and I loved the outdoor shower.

Also, the main section of the lodge is just so Out Of Africa-style that I'd want to live there.

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Mrs P - Hertfordshire
Arrived on: 3-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Another and beyond superb lodge and service

As expected with and beyond, the lodge, service and staff are all excellent. The rooms are great, superb guiding and warmth and hospitality. Had a great time and wonderful game viewing experience with my guide Malley particulary with the 300 or so elephants!!

They really know how to look after you and this is what I expect. Great lodge. My butler Liberati was also great and so was Scott the manager! Am running out of superlatives. As a single traveller I would recommend it to other single travellers. Don't have to worry about anything.

They pick you up feed you and really look after you and drop you back at the airport, making sure you have packed lunch or breakfast depending on the time of your flight. On arrival a table is laid out ready to greet you with tea coffee biscuits, lunch, etc depending on time of arrival.

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Mr P & Ms T - Ottawa
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Lake Manyara Tree Lodge review

Beautiful rooms set up in the trees. Baboons and monkeys wandering around camp. Elephants came by chomping on the trees just in front of our room. Hot and cold running water, with electricity up until late (off overnight to safe generator). Excellent location deep in Lake Manyara park.

Overall, a but too 'luxury with animal viewing' as opposed to 'animal viewing with luxury' for our taste. It was all very nice but felt like a place for wealthy/elite people to stay (which is not us!).

Used lodge guide for local game drives - lots of great knowledge and information, but sometimes felt like a time-share salesman telling us about the other &Beyond camps and opportunities (you can get a membership! with discounts!). Game was a bit disappointing compared to Tarangire (and northern Serengeti). Enjoyable, but animals were seen occasionally, and in ones and twos (compared to large and plentiful herds).

Camp staff were a bit over the top - a butler eager to cater to our every whim at the drop of a hat as long is it included maximum quantities. When we asked for a small lunch (like soup and a bit of toast) we were still pressured into eating the 3 course meal. A gin and tonic before dinner included about 5x the amount of gin that we were expecting. Having all the staff turn out to sing to us when we arrived made us feel a bit uncomfortable.

Dinner was at private tables so there was no need to talk to other guests.

None of it was bad, it just wasn't to our taste.

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