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Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge is a piece of Tanzanian history. For over 50 years, it was owned and run by the Tanzanian Government as a budget stopover for the mass African vacation market visitors. Today, it is under the ownership of private investors. The lodge combines the opulence of colonial art deco with the tiredness of a 1950s Butlin’s like holiday camp. But AfricanMecca agrees that it has a historic character and a fantastic location on the western rim of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, with unbeatable views of the Manyara National Park and its beautiful central lake, praised by Ernest Hemingway as the loveliest in all of Africa. Character, budget, value and convenience of access by road and air, and above all, location, make it a stopover experience worth savoring for its African safari ambivalence – favored by budget guests seeking value but compromising it with a huge accommodation experience. Dated in every way, from its palatial dining area to its over-sized bar, with polished wood and glass gleaming amidst an eclectic collection of ethnic art, it embodies all the paradoxes of colonial taste meeting housing estate design in a bid to meet demand for budget-conscious Tanzanian tour accommodation in Africa. The park-like grounds and well-maintained lawns emphasize space and grandeur, whilst the double rows of terraced like apartments are plain and clean. They combine startling decor with spectacular views from their small private balconies. The 127 square miles of the national park it overlooks contains a variety of habitats ensuring visitors a chance to experience varied game viewing scenario possible in the vastness of Tanzania, somewhere within this miniature version of African wilderness.

Accommodation At Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge

100 guestrooms stretch out in two-tiered terraces along the face of the escarpment, in well-maintained gardens. They are variously combined and configured to provide twin and double rooms, suites and family safari accommodation for AfricanMecca travelers on holiday in Tanzania. The décor at Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge mixes earth tones with striking ethnic motifs and ranges from simplistic to almost well-appointed in its more ambitious efforts, although even the upgraded suites are poorly insulated from their down-market neighbors, but they boast mosquito-netted beds rather than the simple netted air vents of less ambitious rooms. Raised wooden walkways give access to an enormous central mall of reception, lounge, bar, and dining hall reminiscent of Grand Central Station. An extensive sundeck and striking swimming pool complete the amenities with an ornamental bridge and ranks of sun-loungers at the ready to command the mind-blowing views from its privileged position in the choicest spot overlooking Lake Manyara and the Rift Valley panorama. A well-stocked boutique offers local art and handicraft souvenirs of your African tour. There is a TV lounge with news channels and informative wildlife videos, 24-hour reception with telephone and fax, and the opportunity to book wake-up calls, laundry and baby-sitting services, as well as safe storage facilities. There is also a nurse on call though consistent reliability of this service and other services are questionable based on historic requests. There are credit cards payments and currency exchange facilities (expect a low rate) as well as the limited possibility of booking any extra activities with the lodge with transport personalization being is minimal, and you need to adjust to a set lodge timetable to make the most of your trip to Manyara National Park.

Safari At Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge

Amongst the many activities available on a wildlife safari in Tanzania, bird walks and ornithological safaris rank highly in Lake Manyara. With a resident naturalist at Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge to guide you, it is not unusual to spot a hundred different avian species in a single day, from tiny weavers, lovebirds and bee-eaters in the woodlands to vigilant Martial Eagles and enormous, careworn ostriches on the plains and the iconic pink flamingos, pelicans, cormorants stints, ibis and dozens of other waders on the shores of the shallow soda lake. Cultural tours pre-arranged via AfricanMecca Safaris are encouraged in and around local villages while evening talks and displays are occasionally held back at the lodge. But the most central and thrilling feature activity of any trip of Manyara National Park is the game drive in a very special, comfortable 4 x 4 people carrier, with all-round viewing with a pop-up roof, fitted with pre-ordered cold box for refreshments and 2-way radio for any shared unique game news updates. Since the park is small enough to cover in a day, you are sure to see many different species of mammals, reptiles and insects in relatively small areas. In the tree canopies of lush woodlands, swing hundreds of blue and vervet monkeys, whilst the largest troupes of olive baboons are to be seen ambling unconcernedly along most of the roads. Open grasslands reveal zebra, wildebeest, warthogs, buffalo, gazelle, giraffe, and hundreds of elephant, with dozens of less well-known ungulates. Most sought-after sightings are of the tree-dwelling lions who even sleep stretched out along the broad branches of acacia and mahogany trees.

Dining At Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge

Catering at Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge is necessarily large-scale and somewhat regimented with little flexibility in timing or preferences. Most meals are served buffet style, although there are choices of hot or cold dishes, some needing to be pre-ordered or requested ahead of arrival via AfricanMecca and also reconfirmed on arrival with the chef, especially for packed lunches and specific dietary meals. Ingredients are locally sourced from home farms and freshly prepared. There is also a good selection of wines, beers, cordials, and other beverages to order for all meals, notably fine Tanzanian teas and Arabica coffee served in the dining room before breakfast. The dining room is vast and has an old-fashioned charm, with stunning views from all the floor-to-ceiling windows. The bar is also easily accessible, and the lounge well-stocked with leather cushioned chairs and solid wooden tables. The large viewing deck and swimming pool sun-deck also have a reassuring ambience of timeless permanence. The Africa travel tradition of sundowner cocktails can be enjoyed here as the full splendor of an Africa sunset dazzles your eyes. It may even be possible to take your sundowners at a scenic spot on your return journey from a late afternoon safari. A Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge Safari includes game viewing activity to Manyara daily between picnic meals or on a full day, starting in the early morning, when nocturnal creatures return to their lairs, and diurnal residents emerge for the day, and again in the early evening, when most mammals visit waterholes before bedding down for the night, and their predators follow closely awaiting their opportunity to secure their supper while yours is being prepared at the lodge.

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  • Jambo Raza: Everything was great from the the fantastic wildlife, the scenery, the people, the accommodations and the food. We went to Lake Manyara and stayed at Kirurumu Tented Lodge which was a great introduction for us on the safari.
    Liz and Gunnar Kristiansen - Ontario, Canada
  • Loretta and I had a great time on our honeymoon. We both also really enjoyed our time in the Serengeti. We were able to witness the wildebeest migration and saw literally over 1 or 2 million animals trekking across the plains of the Serengeti.
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  • Jambo AfricanMecca Team, The safaris to Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti were fantastic and very beautiful. All in all, the perfect trip for my son and myself. Thanks again and enjoy the pictures. My son took about 1500 pictures.
    Pam Dahl - Minnesota, United States
  • We took our decision on an extended and complex safari through AfricanMecca Safaris. They did a flawless job across the board. We traveled through Zanzibar (fantastic) Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and Serengeti without a hitch.
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When staying at Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge in Lake Manyara (Great Rift Valley Lake), we recommend combining it with your Northern Tanzania safari to Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti (wildebeest migration). End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.

You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Selous, Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika.



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