Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge lion

Hidden away high in the trees in a secluded corner of Lake Manyara National Park; Lake Manyara Tree Lodge offers a sophisticated blend of natural indulgence and romance. andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is renowned for its romantic stilted treehouse suites; that are shaded by a mahogany forest and is the only permanent luxury lodge in the park.

Lake Manyara National Park offers a true wilderness experience in diverse habitats, from its Rift Valley soda lake to dense woodlands and steep mountainsides. Lake Manyara is most well-known for its huge flocks of flamingos and its tree-climbing lions but; there’s much more that makes it well worth a visit. Not far from the Ngorongoro Crater on the shores of Lake Manyara, is a belt of precious wilderness reserve some 100 km long that provides sanctuary for an abundance of pink flamingos which feed in the shallows of the lake, as well as tree-climbing lions, giant elephants, gentle giraffes, proud buffalos and herds of graceful antelope. The forest areas of Lake Manyara National Park are home to many species of exotic playful monkeys and colorful, rare birds.

The Lodge is designed to have minimal impact on the environment and offers an exclusive interpretive safari; in a more remote area of the National Park. Gentle Tanzanian hospitality is exuded from the team who have a passion for delighting guests; whether you are on a honeymoon or a family safari.

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Sunrises and Sunsets

The translucence of the lake, juxtaposed against the dramatic escarpment makes for breathtaking sunsets and sunrises in this special park. When the park closes, only &Beyond vehicles and guests are allowed to remain here. Experience your own private golden glow of sunset or watch the flamingos with every shade of pink. Make the effort to rise early to the sounds of the forest, to be on the lake for a cup of coffee; as the pinks and oranges start to filter through the night and the birdlife awakens.

Wellness and Dining

The ultimate spot to rejuvenate mind, body, and soul; wellness is a pivotal thread at the Lodge and the lush forest environment is the ideal cocoon to recharge. Holistically centered, enjoy healing therapies, organic practices, and connecting with nature. Dine on nourishing dishes with the food-to-table philosophy, sip the freshest juices and smoothies. Work out in your room with a convenient Gym in a Basket and afterward; you can unwind with a massage in the massage sala. Relax at the sparkling pool in the heat of the afternoon or spend time with the Maasai running through local communities.

Overlooking a forest boma, or outdoor dining area lined with traditional dugout canoes; guest areas are characterized by soaring spaces that house local artworks and tactile fabrics.  Split-level sitting and dining rooms combine with high thatched ceilings that create a sense of space; while warm wood interiors and understated sofas carve out cozy corners. Tantalizing aromas drift from the open, interactive kitchen, luring guests to watch as simple but delicious meals are prepared. The theatre of the open kitchen is translated into the drama of the dining boma, encircled by a tall fence of gnarled wood.

Dining at Lake Manyara Tree Lodge
Boma dinner

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge Accommodation

Romantic treehouse suites are graced by the sounds of the forest with elephants often walking past the decks. There are 9 x stilted treehouse suites, crafted from local timber and Makuti palm fronds; that weave a sophisticated blend of intimacy and romance and offer privacy and exclusivity in the cool, leafy surroundings.

andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge accommodation
andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge romantic accommodation

Each suite is a lofty treehouse; with generous decks suspended above the forest floor and large windows that open up to the lush forest; welcoming 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. The classically elegant bedrooms are fitted with contemporary furnishings in neutral colors and textures, overhead fans, and billowing mosquito nets. Even a soak in the large, freestanding tub offers a panoramic view; with an outdoor shower behind a simple bamboo screen.

There is wifi available in all rooms and guest areas.

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Lake Manyara Tree Lodge bath

Family Safari at Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

Child Policies and Family Accommodation

Children of all ages are welcome at &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge. The lodge is also able to accommodate a limited number of triple rooms and has 1 x family suite; that sleeps a maximum of 2 x adults and 2 x children 16 years and under (3 x children on request).

The Family Suite is cradled in the boughs of Lake Manyara’s ancient trees and holds two classically elegant ensuite rooms; connected by a shared foyer. 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 indoor shower, while the second bathroom features an indoor shower.

Tanzania family safari
Tanzania family safari accommodation

WILDchild Experiences and Adventures

&Beyond’s WILDchild program was designed especially for children* visiting their safari lodges and camps in Africa. The program 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 young guests, our planet, and its people.

Some of the cool kids’ activities at Lake Manyara Tree Camp

Interpretive nature and butterfly walks:
Walk around the camp alongside your very own guide and participate in an adventure learning ranger skills. Discover how to tell different animal tracks apart, identify bugs and creepy crawlies and learn about butterflies, birds, plants and so much more.

Marshmallows and bao:
Gather around a roaring fire in the evening, and roast gooey marshmallows with new friends; while your ranger shows you how to play the traditional East Africa bao board game.

Wild young chefs:
WILDchild kids can spend some time with the expert chefs in the interactive kitchen. Delight in baking the famous Manyara choc chip cookies; the perfect snack to enjoy on a game drive!

*For safety reasons, there are age restrictions for certain lodge activities such as game drives or walking safaris.

TANZANIA CHILD POLICY*
0-5 yearsGame drives only if a private vehicle* is booked. A children’s game drive is also available outside of normal game drive time (avoiding lions, leopards, and elephants). No walks outside of the lodge.
6-11 yearsActivities are at the discretion of the lodge manager / guides / rangers. No walks outside of the lodge.
12-15 yearsGame drives and nature walks
16 years and aboveAll activities permitted

*A private vehicle can be booked when staying at &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge that allows the drives to be tailored to suit the ages of the children (subject to availability and at an additional cost).

Child Minding: While there aren’t trained child minders, certain staff members who are wonderful with children are able to assist; at an additional cost.
Please note: The lodge is not fenced off and children are required to have an adult accompanying them at all times.

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge Accommodation Rates

Rates at Lake Manyara Treehouse SuitesPer Person
16th June until 30th September 2022$1,395
1st October until 20th December 2022$875
21st December 2022 until 10th January 2023$1,395
11th January until 28th February 2023$1,260
1st to 31st March 2023$960
1st to 30th April 2023Closed
1st May until 15th June 2023$960
16th June until 30th September 2023$1,535
1st October until 20th December 2023$960
21st December 2023 until 10th January 2024$1,535
Rates at Lake Manyara Treehouse Family Suite*Per Suite
16th June until 30th September 2022$4,885
1st October until 20th December 2022$3,065
21st December 2022 until 10th January 2023$4,885
11th January until 28th February 2023$4,410
1st to 31st March 2023$3,360
1st to 30th April 2023Closed
1st May until 15th June 2023$3,360
16th June until 30th September 2023$5,375
1st October until 20th December 2023$3,360
21st December 2023 until 10th January 2024$5,375

*Maximum 2 x adults + 2 x children (3 children on request).

Rates Include / Exclude and Single Supplement

Rates Include

Accommodation
Three meals daily
Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, and refreshments on lodge activities
Laundry
Morning and afternoon game drives
Explore more of Lake Manyara: Stay for 2 or more nights at &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge and receive a free night game drive and a scenic bicycle ride exploring Lake Manyara. Valid from 11th January until 10th January annually
Emergency evacuation insurance
Game drive transfer between Manyara airstrip and Lake Manyara Tree Lodge
A complimentary pair of Swarovski Optik binoculars per room for use during your stay

Rates Exclude

Telephone calls
Safari shop purchases
Gratuities
All items of a personal nature
Champagne, cognacs, fine wines, premium brand spirits, and cigars
Tourism Development Levy of USD 3.75 per person per night
Park and concession fees

Single Supplement

From 1st May until 31st October and 21st December to 10th January every year:
A single supplement of 50% applies to all single rooms.

From 11th January until 30th April and 1st November to 20th December every year:
A 50% single supplement is only charged from the third single room per booking.

A single supplement will be charged when an adult is sharing with an infant.

Best Time to Travel to Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara is an excellent year-round destination, however; the best game viewing is from August to September and December to February. Temperatures are generally pleasant, with minimums of 15°C / 59°F and maximums of 40°C / 104°F. Lake Manyara has a warm to hot climate all year due to its proximity to the equator. Rain generally occurs in April and May, then again in November.

Lake Manyara National Park Seasonal highlights

The Park has exceptional game viewing all year round including sightings of the resident prides of tree-climbing lions.
The best time to see large flocks of flamingos is between November and March as they are dependent on the rain patterns.
From June to December, you will see abundant Manyara butterflies while from November to March, you will see migrant birds.

Getting to Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

A number of airlines operate scheduled flights from Arusha Airport or Dar es Salaam to Lake Manyara Airstrip. From the airstrip, it is a scenic 3½-hour drive to the lodge through the national park; with game viewing en route.

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge Activities

Safari Game Drives (Included in nightly rate)

Nestled in a dense forest between the lakeshore and the steep Rift Valley escarpment; the lodge is perfectly positioned to explore the park’s wealth of habitats. As it is in the remote southern region of the park; you would be surprised to see another vehicle on your game drive. The nine rivers, five of which are permanent, support a variety of wildlife and birdlife and extraordinary trees including baobabs.

Each morning and afternoon set off with your guide and tracker in an open 4×4 safari vehicle with a canvas canopy. Together you will explore the diverse habitats of the park; stopping on the lakeshore to admire the different bird species and look for pink flamingos. You will traverse a mosaic of acacia woodlands, grassy floodplains, and tall forests in search of wildlife, including Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions and large family herds of elephants.

After an exhilarating game drive, guests stop for sundowners on the lakeshore below the Great Rift Valley wall.

Lake Manyara flamingos on safari
Lake Manyara flamingos

Birding

Keen birders will delight in the opportunity to birdwatch in Lake Manyara. The variety of ecosystems brings a large diversity of birdlife; approximately 400 species are found in this small park.

Optional Activities and Experiences

Night Game Drives

Add another dimension to your daily game drives and enter the world of Africa’s nocturnal predators on a thrilling night drive. Night drives at Lake Manyara National Part are particularly spectacular, with the moon reflecting off the lake. After an early dinner, leave the lodge at about 8 pm and explore the park for approximately three hours. Your expert guide will take you through the park’s diverse habitats in search of nocturnal animals and sounds. A night drive gives you a completely different perspective of the lake and the Rift Valley Escarpment.

The wild animals in this park are in top-notch condition, due to the dependable water supply all year. There is an abundance of elusive animals that are rarely seen during the day; but that are incredibly active at night. Keep your eyes open, and hopefully, you will be lucky enough to spot shy genets, lithe civet cats, and prickly porcupines. Possibly easier to see will be the massive hippos happily foraging under a leafy tree on the roadside. Fleeting leopards often wander around the park and, even though it is not a given that you will see one; there are regular sightings of them. The kings of the jungle, the golden lions; pride themselves on sleeping all day so fortunately, you are sure to see them as they are most mobile at night.

Lake Manyara night safari
Lake Manyara night safari

Bicycle ride or walk through Mayoka village

Guests at &BEYOND Lake Manyara Tree Lodge can enjoy a scenic guided bike ride or walk through the Mayoka community. Drive to Mayoka to collect your bicycle and begin. Cycle through this bustling village and interact with the friendly people, including the nomadic Mang’ati tribe, adorned with traditional animal skin cloaks, skirts, and colorful beads. A picturesque bike ride brings you to the lakeshore, where you can admire bright pink flocks of flamingos. If the birds are close enough, put on some gumboots and walk out to observe and photograph them. Should you not be inclined to hop onto a bicycle; the guided walk goes along the same route. All proceeds go directly to the Mayoka community.

Treetop Canopy Walk

Lose yourself among the treetops of Lake Manyara on a treetop canopy tour. Stroll through the ancient forests, starting on a short boardwalk that gradually rises from ground level to the forest canopy. Glide over a series of suspension bridges, flanked with thick netting for safety, and stop to marvel at viewing decks that blend into the massive tree trunks. Enjoy an intimate glimpse of life in the treetops, eye-to-eye with monkeys, birds, and butterflies, and accompanied by your guide. Spend an hour suspended up to 18 meters (59 feet) above the forest floor.

Boasting a magnificent bird’s eye view of the forest hopefully, you will be able to spot some gorgeous wildlife in the lush foliage. Massive grey elephants barrel their way through shrubs and trees and proud buffalo brush the forest floor. You are never far from the infinite Blue Monkeys that play, cavort and relish the opportunity to play catch, tag, and jump maniacally on the suspension bridges and, if given the chance; will go tandem with you on your canopy glide. Listen closely and you will hear a symphony of birds chattering and tweeting, especially the trumpeting Silvery-cheeked Hornbills that swoosh past.

Lake Manyara Treetop Canopy Walk
Lake Manyara Treetop Canopy Walk

Sleep out under the stars

This is beyond your average fly camping experience! Spend an evening under a blanket of a million stars, on an unforgettable sleepout adventure, at &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge.

After your evening game drive, you will be ushered to a secluded and exclusive sleepout spot; within the Lake Manyara National Park. Here, luxuriously adorned beds, swathed in romantic netting; as well as a private campfire (and all the amenities you require to feel comfortable) await you.

After a scrumptious dinner and a restful evening spent serenaded by the sounds of the Tanzanian wilderness; you will be collected and taken back to the lodge, in time for your morning game drive.

Due to the nature of this experience; this adventure is for guests that are 16 years and older. It caters to a minimum of two, and a maximum of four guests. A guide will be your host for the evening and there will be guards on patrol throughout the night to ensure your safety.

Tanzania Sleepout
Lake Manyara Sleepout

Cultural tour of Mto Wa Mbu town

Bustling with a variety of cultures from around Tanzania; the little town of Mto Wa Mbu lies at the entrance to Lake Manyara National Park. A local agricultural hub, the town is famous for its crops of rice and the distinctive red bananas that Tanzania is known for. A half-day tour of the town in the company of a local guide gives travelers the opportunity to interact with local farmers, as well as artisans, craftsmen, and painters. A sampling of the local banana beer adds a unique taste of local flavor.

Africa Foundation Community Visit

Undoubtedly a highlight on any tour to Tanzania; a community trip offers a wonderful opportunity to engage with the communities surrounding the reserve. Visit Africa Foundation’s projects near &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge in the Mayoka and Moya communities, or choose to stop by the Kilimamoja School on your way back to the airstrip.

Nature Walks Around The Lodge

Meander through the forest in the lodge’s surroundings and encounter extraordinary birds, butterflies, and other small creatures that would not normally be seen from a safari vehicle.

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge Accommodation Special Offers

Long Stay Rates

Stay more than 3 nights at any &Beyond lodges in Africa (subject to the seasonal availability of the offer), for the same guests on a single itinerary and get up to a 15% discount. This cannot be used in conjunction with any other &Beyond offers, including Signature offers.

Also, don’t forget about our Explore More of Lake Manyara Offer:
Stay for 2 or more nights at &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge and receive a free night game drive and a scenic bicycle ride exploring Lake Manyara.
Valid from 11th January until 10th January annually

Honeymoon Safari offer

One partner pays the full rate and the other partner pays 50% of the accommodation rate for the whole stay. The honeymoon offer is valid for stays of 2 or more nights; throughout the year; within 6 months of the date of marriage. However; due to the impact of COVID-19 travel restrictions; guests qualify for the honeymoon offer if they travel within 12 months of the date of marriage; if they travel before 15th December 2023.

Lake Manyara Tree Camp Wedding or Blessing

We can also arrange weddings, blessings / renewal of vows, and engagements at the lodge; however, a legal wedding does get extremely costly and takes quite a while to arrange. We suggest doing the legalities at home for ease.

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge
Lake Manyara Tree Lodge
Lake Manyara National Park Tanzania

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