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Lemala Manyara Camp is a small, tented East African tour accommodation lost in the south western reaches of the beautiful Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania. The park itself is a miniature wonderland of varied habitats, densely populated with amazing wildlife, notably vast herds of elephant and troupes of olive baboons a thousand strong. The lake boasts a spectacular population of wading birds, and tree-climbing lions are often encountered in adjacent acacia woodlands. The camp is of traditional canvas structures, ecologically friendly and isolated in nature, the main attraction of a Lemala Manyara Camp safari being the minimal presence of other tourists, fewer in-camp guests and the total wilderness experience without the inconvenience of “roughing it”. The adventure is completed by skilled, friendly, and enthusiastic staff, dedicated to your comfort, enjoyment and safety. Maasai Askaris patrol the camp at night so that you can enjoy the proximity of imperturbable zebra and inquisitive banded mongoose without the fear of daring wild intruders. Situated between the hot springs entering the south of the shallow soda lake which runs the length of the valley, and the verdantly forested escarpment wall, the camp forms an ideal base from which to explore the varied topography of your Manyara trip with AfricanMecca with its fascinating flora and fauna. It can be reached by road from Arusha which involves a 120 mile journey to the park entrance and a fascinating game drive down to the camp or one can fly in by private charter plane to Manyara Airstrip outside the park border.

Accommodation At Lemala Manyara Camp

On camp arrival with your AfricanMecca guide, you are greeted with cool, damp face cloths, refreshing juice drinks and beaming smiles from friendly staff who often outnumber the guests, all eagerly focused on providing you with the ultimate in authentic Tanzanian travel exploits. Lemala Manyara Camp comprises of only 12 clean and classic bushy canvas tents including a family tent, each standard accommodating up to three people in large, comfortable, twin or king size beds. The family tent can house two adults and three children (read more on where to stay in Lake Manyara). All tents have complementing warm comforters, ethnic rugs, safari chairs, bed side table, safety chest, clothing hanger and en-suite bathroom with flush toilet, running water and delightful bush shower with ample hot water supplied in buckets by your personal attendant who also turns down your bed at night. There is a separate dressing area in your bathroom with a flexible vanity combo shaving mirror and a place to sit on inside sofas or outside on comfortable chairs underneath an extended shaded tarp as you listen to the birds and crickets, and watch elephants and large, almost dark spotted elderly giraffes munching on acacia leaves for breakfast. There is a mess tent with large dining table and a cozy lounge with library, furnished with a central wooden table, corner cabinets, sofas and a scattering of woven rugs. After dinner or during your pre-dinner drinks, you can sit outdoors in the evening, cocktail in hand, around the bush television, (the hypnotic leaping flames of a camp-fire), swapping yarns in true African safari style.

Safari At Lemala Manyara Camp

Apart from a fantastic guided activity to the bubbling hot springs, where there is every chance of spotting a tree-climbing lion in the boughs of a sturdy mahogany or acacia, and forays to the lake shore to wonder at the thousands of pink flamingos, herons, pelicans and ibis thronged along the saline water’s edge, one can go farther afield on a game viewing tour of one of Tanzania’s smallest national park, to see pods of hippopotami, troops of blue and vervet monkeys and thousands of common and less familiar ungulates roving the grasslands. Here, too, hundreds of bright avian gems, sunbirds, bee-eaters, and superb starlings swoop, crowned cranes strut, and massive ostriches run splay-footed across the veldt. In a custom built, open-sided or pop-up roof 4x4 people carrier, where everyone has an unimpeded view of the action, your AfricanMecca guide will take you to spectacles you only dreamed of when you planned your holiday to Africa. With two-way onboard radio, he has the option of contact with other guides to share information on any unusual sightings in the area. Look out for groups of elephant, mothers and daughters, with young hiding beneath their mothers’ bellies, or two sorts of herds of graceful impalas: harems of breeding females with their youngsters and their spiral horned lord; and gangs of mateless males wandering aimlessly over the sun-baked grassland. In your comfortable transport with shaded roof, you can complete a Manyara tour activity in a day, stopping for refreshments from your on-board cooler in any scenic location that takes your fancy and finishing as sunset paints the distant lake purple and the mountains gold. Return back to Lemala Manyara to end your day with pre dinner cocktails, supper and a turned down bed.

Dining At Lemala Manyara Camp

The food at Lemala Manyara Camp is a revelation of what can be achieved in a simple bush kitchen, on a delectable Tanzanian vacation, from fresh bread rolls baked over a charcoal roll-top range, to pot roast meat stew with ugali (sima), the continental East and Southern Africa cuisine of a cooked staple, such as maize, rice, or millet, rolled into balls and dipped in a savory relish of meat, fish or green vegetables. Foodstuffs are supplied fresh from farms outside the park, and cooked on request, so if you fancy trying a particular local dish, the chef will be only too happy to oblige from a fine repertoire of international cuisine, and vegetarian dishes, which are a tasty national specialty. Fragrant Tanzanian morning tea or aromatic Arabica coffee is brought to your tent in the early morning before breakfast in the mess tent. Choose from fruit, cheeses, cereal, or cooked eggs and toast. A full English breakfast is also possible. Discuss your game-viewing objectives with your knowledgeable AfricanMecca guide before setting out on a morning drive, a walk to the nearby hot springs, or a diverse Tanzanian birding safari, returning in time to watch the preparation of lunch, or taking a delicious packed meal to savor al fresco. After sundowner cocktails and snacks, the evening meal is served in style in the mess tent, with silver service and a fine selection of beers, wines or cordials, a fitting finale to a day on tour in Africa.

Related Pages

1. Lake Manyara Safari Park Guide 2. Best Time & Weather To Visit Lake Manyara
3. Lake Manyara Map 4. Safari Lodges, Camps & Hotels In Lake Manyara

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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.
    Loretta and Danny Haag - California, United States
  • I booked my safari holiday through AfricanMecca. They were the most helpful company I have ever dealt with and I work within the travel industry. I had the most amazing time. The holiday went as clockwork with no hitches anywhere.
    Shelley Roberts - Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
  • 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.
    Chris Traub - CEO, Strategic Executive Search (SES) Group - New York, United States
  • AfricanMecca's professionalism and care understands that what distinguishes Africa is its authenticity, the land, people and wildlife who do not share our world of fashion and fanfare that distinguish so many travel companies today.
    Cyril Christo & Marie Wilkinson, Conservation Photographers, Authors & Wildlife Documentary Producers - USA
  • We have returned from our African adventure and would like to thank you very much for your part in making this such a wonderful experience. We were lucky enough to time the Great Migration from the Serengeti, which was amazing.
    Denise Paterson - Belmont, Australia


When staying at Lemala Manyara Camp 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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