Tarangire National Park is famous for its prolific elephants.
Manyara Ranch: Our full report
Manyara Ranch is located in the Kwakuchinja wildlife corridor, which connects the Ngorongoro and Manyara wildlife areas to the Tarangire ecosystem. These areas are all accessible on day-trips from the ranch, which works hard to put on a varied safari experience for its visitors. Despite its name, it's actually only 5km from Tarangire - and so is better suited for exploring this great park.
Manyara Ranch began life as a cattle ranch, and it is still a working farm. Since the year 2000, the African Wildlife Foundation (a not-for-profit company which works to conserve wildlife, within a larger framework of natural resource management. It supports a wide variety of African projects, and has a budget of about US$20million per year. ) have obtained conservation rights over the area, to ensure that this wildlife corridor is protected. This has come hand in hand with a tourism development program; which has transformed the ranch into the camp that it is today.
The accommodation consists of six spacious (30m²) East African-style tents, each with a double bed and an outdoor decking so that guests can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding area. The rooms all have electricity and are en-suite with running hot and cold water, a shower, and a flushing toilet.
We have limited knowledge about the food and drink arrangements at the ranch, since we didn't get a chance to eat there in November 2015; however there is a purpose built dining tent with a small bar where meals are served. We were told that bush breakfasts and lunches, as well as sundowners, are a regular feature at the ranch.
The main attraction to Manyara Ranch has to be the variety of game viewing activities available from the ranch. We are told on our short visit that these activities include; game drives (both day and night) guided walks, game viewing from hides which overlook watering holes, fly camping and horseback safaris. This wide variety of game viewing activities is not usually found in safaris in the north of Tanzania, as national parks have much more strict regulations. Although it is worth noting that the camp is not in a particularly game rich area.
There are also opportunities to visit local villages and schools to help gain a cultural awareness of the area – a number of which have been supported by the African Wildlife Foundation.
Our viewWhen we visited Manyara Ranch in November 2015 it was not open and so it is hard to comment on the quality of the guiding, food, accommodation and overall safari experience. However the ranch does offer a diverse range of safari options and so for those who want to try out different game viewing activities whilst experiencing a variety of different parks all from one base, it may be a good option.
Ideal length of stay: We’d recommend it for a stay of 2-3 days.
Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Drinks included: Drinks are included
Power supply: Generator
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Dangerous animals: High Risk
Disabled access: On Request
Laundry facilities: Available on request as a charged extra