&Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge
Remote and romantic, Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is the only lodge in this game-rich national park. Cradled in the boughs of ancient mahogany trees, ten stilted treehouse suites blend intimacy and romance in cool, leafy surrounds. Spacious bedrooms and sitting rooms float in a sea of green, with generous decks and massive windows opening up to the lush forest. Blow bubbles while contemplating the forest from your bath or soak under the steaming hot water of an outdoor shower. Soaring ceilings and split levels create spacious guest areas, where warm wood interiors and comfortable sofas carve out cosy corners
Most people think that the famous tree-climbing lions at Lake Manyara have developed their climbing habit to get away from annoying insects. We have our own theory – they’re jealous of our magnificent treehouse suites at Lake Manyara Tree Lodge!
Why stay at Lake Manyara Tree Lodge
- Set in the scenic Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its tree climbing lions, large herds of elephant and flamingos
- Spectacular Rift Valley views
- Only lodge in Lake Manyara National Park – wild and remote game viewing experience
- Stilted treehouse suites cradled in the boughs of a mahogany forest
Hidden away high in the trees in a secluded corner of the national park, Lake Manyara Tree Lodge offers a sophisticated blend of natural indulgence and romance. Nestled in dense forest between the lakeshore and the steep Rift Valley escarpment, the lodge is perfectly positioned to explore the park’s wealth of habitats. Set in the remote southern region of the park, you would be surprised to see another vehicle on your game drive.
Each suite is a lofty tree house with private veranda and large windows that open up to the lush forest, welcoming in the sights and sounds of the African bush. Woodchip paths and natural branch railings blur the edges between the natural and the manmade, while wooden interiors and thatched roofs invite the surrounding forest indoors. Spacious bedrooms and sitting rooms float in a sea of green, opening up onto a leafy canopy.
Even a soak in the large, free-standing tub offers a panoramic view, with an open air shower behind a simple bamboo screen.
Cradled in the boughs of ancient mahogany trees, ten stilted treehouse suites, crafted from local timber and makuti palm fronds, boast a sophisticated blend of intimacy and romance, offering privacy and exclusivity in cool, leafy surroundings. Each treehouse suite features generous decks suspended above the forest floor and large windows invite the lush forest inside.
The classically elegant bedrooms are fitted with contemporary furnishing in neutral colours and textures, overhead fans and billowing mosquito nets. The bathrooms have freestanding baths with a forest view and an outdoor shower.
Crafted from local timber and makuti palm fronds, the Family Suite is cradled in the boughs of ancient trees. It boasts two classically elegant ensuite rooms, connected by an entrance hall. A generous deck suspends above the forest floor and large windows invite the lush forest inside. The main bathroom boasts a freestanding bath and an outdoor shower, whilst the second bathroom features a shower. The Family Suite can accommodate two adults and two children (three children can be accommodated on special request).
Game drives (Included)
andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is the only permanent lodge set in the remote southern region of the reserve, far from the park’s entrance gate. This means that game drives explore areas of the park that cannot be reached by day visitors and your game viewing is unlikely to be disturbed by vehicles from other lodges. Each morning and afternoon you will set off in the company of your guide and tracker team in an open 4×4 safari vehicle with a canvas canopy as protection from the sun. Your guide will help you explore the many diverse habitats of the park, stopping on the lake shore to admire the different bird species and look for pink flamingo. You will traverse a mosaic of acacia woodlands, grassy floodplains and tall forest in search of wildlife, including Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions and family herds of elephant. You may also choose to go out on a night game drive (available at an additional cost) to discover the nocturnal life of Africa’s predators.
Explore more of Lake Manyara (Included)
Guests who spend two or more nights at andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, will receive a complimentary game drive at night and a scenic bicycle ride exploring Lake Manyara. &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is one of the few places in Tanzania where guests can experience evening game drives, and the opportunity to encounter sightings of nocturnal predators.
The leisurely bike ride through the nearby Mayoka community is hosted throughout by an expert andBeyond guide. Guests can cycle through this bustling village and interact with the friendly, local people. They may even cross paths with the nomadic Mang’ati tribe (also known as the Datooga tribe), adorned with traditional animal skin cloaks, textured skirts and colourful beads. Once your guests have left the village behind, they can peddle on a picturesque route to the lakeshore, where they can admire bright pink flocks of flamingos.
Exploring Lake Manyara by Bicycle (Additional Cost)
Guests visiting andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge can enjoy a memorable scenic and cultural mountain biking excursion through the nearby Mayoka community, hosted throughout by an expert andBeyond guide. After a quick game drive to Mayoka, located just 4 km (2.5 miles) south of the lodge, you will collect your bicycle and embark a sensational journey. Begin your adventure by travelling through this bustling village and interacting with its friendly people. During your adventure, you might have the opportunity to encounter the nomadic Mang’ati tribe (also known as the Datooga tribe), who are adorned with traditional animal skin cloaks, skirts and colourful beads.
Once you have made your way through the village, you will continue along a picturesque route, which lends itself to exceptional photographic opportunities. The course eventually snakes its way towards the unforgettable surrounds of Lake Manyara, where you can admire the flocks of flamingos as well as other beautiful bird species that congregate along its shoreline. Nothing quite describes the extraordinary sight of the pink cloud that erupts over the lake as hundreds of magnificent flamingos take off in unison. All proceeds from this tour go directly to the Mayoka community.
Alternatively, should you not be inclined to hop onto a bicycle, there is a guided walk along the same route. Maximum of 14 guests
Night Game Drives (Additional Cost)
Night game drive in Lake Manyara National Park to observe nocturnal wildlife.
andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is one of the few places in Tanzania where guests can experience night game drives. As the sun sinks over Lake Manyara, the African bush comes to life with predators and other nocturnal creatures. Guests may have the opportunity to encounter fascinating species not normally seen in daylight.
Maasai Village Visit (Additional Cost)
Experience the unique culture and fascinating way of life of these tribal people. Guests are invited inside the low traditional homes known as enkaji, made using branches and twigs overlaid with a mixture of soil, cow dung and ash. Several enkaji are arranged in a circular fashion around a central livestock pen or kraal. Join in a traditional meal of milk and cow meat or sample other Maasai delicacies. The Maasai women, renowned for their exquisite beaded jewellery, will have a selection of handiworks available for sale.
Treetop walkway (Additional Cost)
Take to the trees on an unforgettable adventure in Tanzania’s spectacular Lake Manyara National Park. The Treetop Walkway offers a series of suspended bridges, flanked with netting for safety, which snake through a dense forest canopy to various viewing platforms. Reaching heights of up to 18 metres (59 feet), the platforms provide wonderful opportunities to enjoy a unique view of the surrounding wilderness.
WILDchild Experiences and Adventures
&Beyond’s WILDChild programme was designed especially for children* visiting our safari lodges and camps in Africa. The programme at Lake Manyara Tree Lodge offers fun, interactive activities that allow children to flourish in an environment that advocates exploration, discovery and learning. Deeply rooted in a love for the African bush, it not only creates a series of unforgettable moments for the whole family, but forges strong bonds between our young guests, our planet and its people.
WILDChild kids can spend some time with our expert chefs in the interactive kitchen. Delight in baking the famous Manyara choc chip cookies – the perfect snack to enjoy on a game drive!
At Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, the days are designed to thrill you with intimate wildlife encounters and the nights to indulge in the drama and romance of Africa.
- Morning Game Drive – As dawn breaks over the Rift Valley, a gentle tap on your door will wake you to the delights of a new day. Your guide will discuss what you hope to see that day over fragrant tea or coffee and morning biscuits or rusks. Explore the remote southern reaches of the Park in an open 4×4 safari vehicle in the company of your guide. Go in search of elephant, lion or the flocks of flamingo on the shores of the Lake. Your guide will break for a hot drink and a snack to refresh you
- Breakfast – Return to the Lodge for a delicious breakfast, with platters of fruit and cheese followed by a selection of hot breakfast dishes. Choose from eggs, oats, waffles or a number of other options.
- Lunch – Relax in your leafy treehouse until it is time for lunch or watch your meal being prepared in the interactive kitchen.
- Afternoon Tea – Cool off with a refreshing dip in the Lodge pool or indulge in a siesta. Over a late afternoon tea, your guide will discuss what you hope to see during the afternoon game drive.
- Afternoon Game Drive – Head off in search of the wildlife in the cooler late afternoon. The herds head out to the Lake to drink and bathe before settling down for the night, while the predators are warming up for the night’s hunting. Stop at a scenic spot for sundowners to watch the sun sink under the horizon.
- Dinner – Back at the Lodge, a mouthwatering dinner is waiting in the lamplit boma
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