Lake Manyara National Park is a stunning little park renowned for its resident tree-climbing lion population, in addition to other animals such as elephants, hippos, giraffes, warthogs, buffaloes, baboons, zebras and numerous antelope species. Actually Lake Manyara has one of Africa’s highest baboon populations.
Having over 300 bird species including several migratory species, The Lake itself draws in thousands of flamingos plus various aquatic species.
The only permanent accommodation set within the park boundaries is Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, otherwise most of the acoommodation servicing Manyara lies outside the park, including a string of upmarket and mid-range lodges. Here are the ten best Places To Stay in Lake Manyara NAtional Park.
Escarpment Luxury Lodge
With lake views, Escarpment Luxury Lodge is located in Mto wa Mbu and has a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk, bar, garden, outdoor pool and terrace. Both WiFi and private parking are available at the lodge free of charge. Some units are air-conditioned and include a seating and/or dining area. A Full English/Irish breakfast is available daily at Escarpment Luxury Lodge. Guests can also relax in the shared lounge area.
The lodge invites the incredible beauty of the African bush in – expanses of windows and doors mean that you have nature right around you as you sit in the comfort and luxury of the superbly appointed bar lounge.
A spreading deck surrounding the main lodge affords you breathtaking views of the lake and the gorge upon which the lodge perches – watch pelican sweep the skies as you take sundowners, see the sun slip like a segment of orange into the hills and listen to the sounds of Africa nestle up to you as night slides in.
Africa Safari Lake Manyara
Africa Safari Lake Manyara is a luxury safari lodge, looking out over the lake and the Jangwani corridor and located between the foot of the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara.
You will enjoy a spacious complex with different accommodation types, like Premium Bungalows, Luxury Glamping Safari Accommodations, Safari Comfort Accommodations with en suite bathroom and 1 to 14 person Bell tents.
They also offer a swimming pool with sun terrace, Lounge bar, Restaurant, Fitness & Massage Centre, Free WiFi, 24-hour reception and a Guest Relation Desk for all your questions, excursions or last-minute Safari trips.
Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp
Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp lies along the 600-meter Rift Valley Escarpment over the river basin overlooking the lake itself. Their accommodations and infinity swimming pool are built right at the edge of the escarpment and provide unparalleled views of the region. The camp is divided into cabins and safari tents, offering visitors a range of options for accommodations.
It’s located a short drive from Arusha and are most closely accessible from Kilimanjaro Airport and we offer shuttle service from those destinations. Our chefs prepare the most succulent cuisine you’ll find on your safari, offering a range of Continental, Asian and African cuisine and our bartenders offer great cocktails into the late hours of the night in our lounge area which is equipped with a big-screen tv and satellite, weather permitting.
They offer bush dinners and late-night safari drives for visitors upon request and are happy to accommodate meal preferences, special occasions and events. Accommodations are authentically safari themed and offer up authentic local furniture and electricity during generator hours. Let the Luxury Safari Adventure begin at Lake Manyara Wildlife Camp
Wellworth Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge
Nestling on the rim of the Great African Rift Valley with great views over Lake Manyara, Mount Meru, and on a clear day, Mount Kilimanjaro, Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge is an ideal base for game drives to Lake Manyara National Park located less than 15 kilometres down the escarpment, and the Ngorongoro Crater (65kms to the Ngorongoro Lodoare gate).
The lodge has a total of 50 en-suite rooms consisting of 24 Deluxe Twin Suites, 24 Deluxe Double Suites and 2 luxury 2-Bedroom Villas, all with panoramic views of the surrounding areas. All the rooms are tastefully decorated and offer modern guest facilities and amenities, including indoor and outdoor shower, slipper bath, air-conditioning, fi re places, Wi-Fi, mini bar, in-room safe and a private verandah.
The main building houses the reception, lounge, restaurant and bar with outside and inside seating overlooking the escarpment. Dining is table d’hôte offering international and traditional cuisine. Other dining options include a Boma dinner experience at the secluded bush boma near the lodge. Other lodge facilities include banqueting facilities for up to 50 people, rim fl ow swimming pool, a Spa, gift shop, internet café, outside fi re pit, Wi-Fi in public areas, pool table and board games. Activities available at the lodge include Maasai guided walking safaris, forest walks, night game drives, mountain biking, sundowners, evening traditional dances, visit to local village & cultural activities, and special arrangements for honeymooners.
Kirurumu Manyara Lodge
Kirurumu Manyara Lodge is situated outside the Park, set high on the edge of the Great Rift Valley escarpment with panoramic view of Lake Manyara, the Rift floor and Mt Losimingori, less than 15 minutes drive to Manyara airstrip and 20 minutes from Lake Manyara National Park, and about 2½ hours drive (140 km) from Arusha town.
Kirurumu has 27 tented rooms with thatched roof and wooden verandah offered in twin or single, double, triple, family suite & honeymoon suite, all with bathrooms en suite.
Other facilities include a dining room with waiter service, a bar with sundeck and panoramic view of the rift valley, Maasai guided ethno botanical walks, fl y camping, laundry, and a boutique / gift shop.
Burudika Lodge is located in Lake Manyara within the Jangwani wildlife corridor of Mto wa Mbu Game Controlled Area (GCA) where different mammals and bird species roam freely between Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks ecosystem. Situated less than a kilometre from the lake to the west, the lodge is about 30 minutes drive to the main gate of Manyara National Park and 113kms or 1 ½ hours drive from Arusha town.
The lodge consists of 5 bandas (huts) with en-suite bathroom (shower and toilet), and one family banda with three bedrooms which can accommodate 6 guests sharing two bathrooms. The bandas are thatched with coconut leaves while the walls are partly made of concrete, canvas and volcanic stones. Furnishings are simple and the beds, with mosquito netting, are made of wood interwoven with sisal ropes in a unique traditional Tanzanian style. Each banda has a private verandah that offers a spectacular view of Lake Manyara and the Great Rift Valley to the west. Power is supplied by solar energy.
The restaurant is nested under the majestic huge Baobab tree and offers a tempting range of international and local inspiring dishes made of fi ne fresh ingredients. On sunny days meals can be taken under the shade of acacia tree. There is a bar and a curio shop. The area around the lodge is home to the Maasai, an ethnic group that values conservation and wildlife. The Maasai have co-existed with wildlife for a long time because of their non-hunting culture. Within this area it is not uncommon to meet the Maasai with cattle herds. The east side of the lake offers extraordinary landscapes where you can take a walking safari and visit a Maasai boma (home) with veteran Maasai guides.
Lake Manyara wildlife Safari Camp
Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp is located outside the Park on the northern shore of Lake Manyara, with spectacular views of the steep 600-metre high Great Rift Valley escarpment and beautiful sunsets to the west, about 10 minutes drive to the gate of Lake Manyara National Park, and 2 hours drive from Arusha town.
Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp is made up of 10 canvas tented chalets and 16 cottages with private balconies overlooking the rolling grassland scattered with shrubs and isolated trees. Each of the tents and cottages are identical in designs and amenities offered, and feature a traditional roofing of Nyasi and partitions with the interior walls, separating bathroom (showers with hot & cold waters) and bedroom area which is fitted with a king-size bed or twin or triple beds draped with mosquito netting. The honeymoon suite for newlyweds has a large corner bathtub, adjoining shower and private game viewing deck
The restaurant overlooking the African bush, serves continental classics and contemporary Indian and traditional dishes with vegetables and herbs grown from the local villages. Other facilities include a swimming pool, and the evening campfire which provides a welcome spot for pre-dinner drinks after a day of wildlife viewing.
Manyara Green Camp
This comfortable camp offers you a non-stop safari experience. It is located on the banks of the Endabash River in the south of the park, at the bottom of a huge waterfall, right in the heart of nature. From the rocks you have a beautiful view over the park down to the lake. The pools in the rocks provide the perfect retrieve for a cool (safe) swim on hot African afternoons.
Their camp comprises 8 square en-suite eco tents on raised platforms. Each tent can be set up as double, twin or triple for families. We also have adjoining tents with an enclosed walkway for families with older children. With cosy beds, stylish interiors and deck to relax on, each tent has been cleverly designed to offer the greatest comfort with minimum impact to the environment.
Simple luxuries, comfortable beds, crisp linens, low flush toilets and classic bush showers ensure you can relax and wind down after a full day enjoying the wildlife. A stylish central mess tent has lounge chairs and a small library so you can relax in complete comfort during the day.
Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
Taking as its muse the glorious bird life of the fabulously soda-encrusted and pink flamingo-fringed…Lake Manyara, the swooping curves of this elegantly evocative lodge defy description. As do the soaring views over the Great Rift Valley, the rose-gold sunsets over the Mto Wa Mbu escarpment and the utterly unique tree climbing Lake Manyara lions.
The unprecedented range of high-adventure sports, meanwhile, include mountain biking, canoeing and forest walks, while cultural choices include tours of the neighbouring villages and dance displays by the local Iraqw and sukuma people.
Grouped around a central ‘vanishing horizon’ pool, this highly unusual lodge features a simple timbered reception area, built in traditional African style, which is accessed via a bridge over a small stream. Beyond reception, lies the central dining room, bar and veranda, below which lies the pool. Perched on the very edge of the cliffs, with stunning views over the lake is the pool bar and observation point. Dotted around the grounds, all with views over the lake, are a series of circular two-storey ‘rondavels’, which house the rooms.
Designed to reflect the brilliance of Lake Manyara’s unique birdlife, the architectural motif melds swooping avian curves with the gentle concentric patterns of traditional Maasai ‘Bomas’ , while the vibrantly coloured wall frescoes depict the colourful intricacy of bird migratory patterns.
andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge
Lake Manyara Tree Lodge presents the finest intimate luxury you will need. The distantly located Tree Lodge is actually the sole lodge found inside the smaller Lake Manyara National park even though the park is surrounded by several other lodges. This 5 star facility merges impeccably into the immediate green forest offering its guests an exclusive extravagant experience. Sadly, this type of luxury accommodation comes with a really high price tag.
Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is owned and managed by CC Africa, whose group of properties includes Northern Tanzania’s finest available accommodations, and its CC Africa’s newest Lodge. Additional facilities belonging to CC Africa around Lake Manyara include the Maji Moto Tented Camp that was somehow destroyed during the last El Nino flood.