Hemingway described Lake Manyara as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. Lake Manyara National Park neighbours the beautiful Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation area. With its serene waters frequented by flamingos and other large migratory birds, this is a picturesque safari destination. It offers a diverse landscape and varied wildlife, including Manyara’s legendary ‘tree-climbing’ lions. Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is the only permanent lodge in Lake Manyara National Park. The lodge is renowned for its romantic tree house suites that are shaded by a mahogany forest.
The tree lodge is located in the far south of the national park, within a forest of mahogany, wild mango and fig trees. Lake Manyara is a birder’s paradise thanks to the combination of wetlands, woodlands and hot springs that attract waterfowl and migrants. With over 400 recorded species, birders will enjoy the fascinating variety of birdlife.
Lake Manyara is a shallow lake in the Natron-Manyara-Balangida branch of the East African Rift in the Manyara Region of Tanzania. Of the 329 km2 of Lake Manyara National Park, the lake’s alkaline waters cover approximately 231 km2. With the fluctuations bought about by the varying seasons, the dry spells expose large areas of mud flats. Flocks of pink flamingos inhabit the lake's shores and, in October, migrant bird species arrive from as far as the Arctic.
In addition to its healthy birdlife, the Kwakuchinja wildlife corridor to the east of Lake Manyara allows wildlife to migrate between dispersal areas and parks that include Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara, the rift valley, Ngorongoro highlands and the Serengeti National Park. Created to protect its magnificent elephant herds, Manyara National Park is also famous for the unusual behaviour of its tree-climbing lions, and for its large numbers of buffalo, cheetah, leopard, Maasai giraffe and hippo.
The lodge offers an exclusive wildlife experience with 10 luxurious stilted tree-house suites and a large open dining and lounge area. Each suite is a lofty tree house which encompasses an en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower, large windows to invite the lush forest inside and a private deck overlooking the forest to enjoy the beautiful wildlife.
The main area of the lodge is designed in the style of a forest boma with a great outdoor dining area. The lodge pool is a cool oasis in the middle of the bush with generous decks suspended above the forest floor opening up to a wooded embrace.
Children over the age of 7 are welcome.
An interactive kitchen is one of the main attractions of the dining area - allowing guests to observe the preparation of their meals and get involved if they choose. The chef personally prepares a remarkable meal in the middle of the bush - Pan-African cuisine with the freshest ingredients and authentic flavours.
Guests can enjoy a relaxing swim in the lodge’s beautiful dhow-shaped swimming pool, tucked discreetly into the bush, or enjoy some pampering at the on-site spa.
Explore the diverse habitats of the national park in an open 4x4 safari vehicle in the company of your professional guide and trackers. Your guide will stop at the lake shore to show you the varied birdlife and the shimmering pink flamingos, and also traverse the woodlands and tall forest in search of wildlife and tree-climbing lions.
Between game drives you can hire a bike to explore the Lake Manyara area or visit the Maasai village to experience the unique culture and captivating way of life.