Reviews of Lake Manyara Tree Lodge
Wildlife sightings and reviews
17 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Lake Manyara Tree Lodge and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
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." See all these reviews: 7n in Tanzania
"Another and beyond superb lodge and service"
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." See all these reviews: 10n in Tanzania
"Lake Manyara Tree Lodge review"
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." See all these reviews: 13n in Tanzania
We had a brief stop in our rooms where we intended to enjoy showers before dinner. The showers are outside, and we were confused to find the faucet handles tied together. A call to reception brought our butler Robert to straighten things out -- we learned that they have to tie up the handles to keep the monkeys from turning the water on! Our room was beautiful and spacious and very private. The open lodge facilities are comfortable, and the outdoor dining area with a blazing fire is lovely and romantic.
We left early on a game drive, then returned to the camp for a cooked-to-order brunch. An afternoon of rest and relaxation was very welcome, and then we joined our guide Msami again for an afternoon drive. The game was plentiful and interesting. We saw lions mating, and then watched two lion sisters climb a tree and rest together. While stepping into the bathtub at the end of the day, I looked up to find elephants walking by, just a few meters from our hut. What a delightful experience!
The staff was all wonderful, and they seemed to enjoy the game sightings as much as we did. The food was delicious, especially the crepes at brunch and the tandoori-baked naan one evening.
While we initially were unhappy that the lodge is such a long drive away from the park entrance, we realized that the remote location makes for wonderful, uncrowded game viewing once you arrive. You have the mornings to yourselves with the game, since no other vehicles are in the park for several hours. It makes it well worth the drive." See all these reviews: 13n in Tanzania
"Lake Manyara Tree Lodge review"
The staff at Manyara were really welcoming and helpful, and gelled together well - they really seemed to enjoy us being there.
The game drives were amazing, and our guide (Emme) was very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and took account of what we wanted to see. He seemed as thrilled as we were about all the wildlife we saw.
The accommodation at Manyara was very comfortable and probably our favourite of the lodges. The room (room 1) seemed completely secluded and the outside shower is a great feature. We also enjoyed watching the monkeys from our veranda while drinking our morning coffee." See all these reviews: 7n in Tanzania; 7n in Zanzibar
We do remember one sundowner we had very close to the lake..it was fantastic! And we were very lucky to see the lions on the trees and the only cheetah on the park!
Our ranger and our private butler were absolutely great! The food was very good and the snacks before dinner were excellent! Our tree house was brilliant..romantic..perfect! We would certainly recommend this lodge our friends!" See all these reviews: 7n in Zanzibar; 6n in Tanzania
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Lots of tree climbing lions." See all these reviews: 9n in Tanzania; 6n in Zanzibar; 1n in Kenya
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