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Lake Manyara Tree Lodge
* 10 romantic tree house suites
* Extraordinary African wildlife
* Tree-climbing lions
* Game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles
* Excellent birdwatching
* Beautiful Great Rift Valley views
* Spectacular East African safari lodge

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is set in the heart of a mahogany forest, and is the only lodge in the diverse Lake Manyara National Park in northern Tanzania. It is the newest addition to CC Africa’s portfolio of luxury safari lodges on the northern Tanzanian safari circuit.

From soaring groundwater forests and a tranquil lake, to the mountain escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park boasts an incredible wealth of habitats and diverse African wildlife. Guests are offered an exciting, interpretive safari experience in game-rich surrounds which include large herds of elephant and buffalo. The Lodge, which was designed to exert minimal impact on the environment, is situated in the remote southwestern region of the Park.

Luxurious safari tree house suites: Crafted from local timber and makuti (palm fronds), Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is discreetly tucked away in an ancient mahogany forest in close proximity to the exquisite soda lake.

* Ten stilted tree house suites
* En suite bathroom and outdoor shower
* Private game viewing deck overlooking the forest
* Within a unique African national park
* Crafts gallery and swimming pool
* Double volume guest areas
* Renowned CC African butler service
* Each tree house suite features large windows to invite the lush forest inside.

The classically elegant rooms are fitted with contemporary furnishings in neutral colours and textures. Bedrooms have overhead fans, mosquito nets and earthy, understated features.

Overlooking a forest boma (outdoor dining area), guest areas are soaring spaces housing Dodoma artworks and tactile fabrics.

An interactive kitchen allows guests to observe the preparation of delicious Pan-African cuisine which may be enjoyed in the theatrical boma, on dining decks, or on your private viewing deck with spectacular forest views. Breakfasts and picnics are also served on the lakeshore.
Guest areas are intimate and stylish, and feature an interactive kitchen. The sitting and dining areas overlook a charming forest boma lined with galawas (dugout canoes). The Lodge has an African craft shop featuring signature community craftwork and a range of Lake Manyara branded safari clothing.

Morning and afternoon game-drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles in Lake Manyara National Park, excellent birdwatching and picnics on the lakeshore.


Exhilarating game-drives
Professional and skilled CC Africa safari guides will lead you on interpretive game-drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles in the game-rich Lake Manyara National Park. Due to the Lodge’s secluded location, there is minimal vehicle intrusion, allowing for leisurely tracking of the Park’s famous tree-climbing lions, and uninterrupted viewing of flocks of pelicans and flamingos in the lake.

Birding safaris
With 387 different bird species recorded here, Lake Manyara Tree Lodge offers abundant birdwatching opportunities led by a specialist CC Africa safari guide. Our birding safaris take you from the beautiful soda lake where you will spot hundreds of thousands of flamingos and pelicans, to the evergreen forest inhabited by various species including the silvery-cheeked hornbill.

Lakeshore picnics
Enjoy a delicious breakfast or picnic on the lakeshore while viewing flocks of pelicans and flamingos with buffalo and hippos cooling in the water.

In the remote southern end of Lake Manyara National Park, northern Tanzania, Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is the only lodge in the Park. Here the Great Rift Valley is at its most impressive, with the Escarpment dropping some 500 metres/1640 feet down to the flamingo-rimmed shore of the lake.

Regional Air Services operate a twice-daily scheduled flight from Arusha Airport to Lake Manyara airstrip followed by a scenic 2 ½ -hour game-drive to the lodge through the National Park.

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is the only lodge in Lake Manyara National Park, the towering escarpment of the Great Rift Valley is a breathtaking backdrop. Privacy of the location ensures near exclusivity of game-drives in the southern section of Lake Manyara National Park. The Park is famous for its tree-climbing lions, 350 species of birds make for good birdwatching, open 4x4 safari vehicles,great diversity of habitats, sundowners and lakeshore picnics.


Weather – Warm to hot climate year round due to proximity to the equator

Rainfall - ‘Short rains’ November, ‘long rains’ April & May.

Temperature – Minimum 15C/59F, maximum 40C/104F.

Best time to travel – all year round, best game-viewing August – September & December – February.

Airstrip – Lake Manyara airstrip is registered. Coordinates: S03.22.00 and E35.48.00

Malaria – Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is situated in a malaria area and necessary precautions should be taken

Children: Children welcome - travel to Tanzania is recommended for children 8 years and older. Regretfully, children 5 years and younger cannot participate in the regular game-drives. Child minders can be booked at an additional cost. Children aged 6 to 11 years are accommodated on game-drives at the Lodge Manager’s discretion. An extra bed can be arranged for a child 11 and younger sharing its parents’ treehouse. No more than one triple in the camp at any one time.

Ratio of guests to staff:
1 to 2

Camp closure: April & May each year.

Maximum Guests: 20
Children: Yes
Triples: 1 in camp per night
Twin Bed: All convertible to double
Air-conditioning: No
Room Fans: Yes
Mosquito Nets: Yes
Lodge Pool: Yes
Bath: Yes
Indoor Showers: No
Outdoor Showers: Yes
Private w.c: Yes
In Room Safe: Yes

Personal Bars: No
Telephone: Manager’s office
Hairdryers: Yes
Suitable for disabled guests: Yes, with assistance
Distance between Rooms: 20 metres / 66 ft
Check In/Check Out: 12h00/11h00
Airstrip: Yes
Kosher Food: No
Power: 220v AC
Private 4x4 safari vehicle: If available, extra cost
Babysitting: Yes
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Your first view as you approach Lake Manyara National Park is spectacular, regardless of direction. When you approach it from the east the Rift Valley escarpment looms on the horizon forming an impressive backdrop to the lake. If you come from the west and pause at the top of the escarpment, the Park lies in a green strip below you, the lake glistening in the sunlight.

You can easily pick out the mosaic of the Park's different habitats. In the tall trees of the ground water forest monkeys leap from branch to branch, on the slope of the escarpment elephants stand in the shade of a baobab. In the acacia woodland lions lie draped along the branches of umbrella trees, in the pools along the lake shore the hippos wallow, and in the lake itself wade colourful flamingos.

The large variety of mammals, reptiles and birds in the Park and the different types of vegetation, all within a small area make Lake Manyara a diverse and particularly memorable place to visit.

As you approach the village of Mto wa Mbu (Mosquito Creek) from the direction of Arusha the outstanding landmark is the spectacular rift wall. Here where the Maasai plains give way to the cultivated uplands of Mbululand, lies Lake Manyara National Park, nestled at the base of the escarpment.

The Park derives its name from the Maasai word "manyara," which is the name for the plant Euphorbia tirucalli. The Maasai use this plant to grow livestock stockades. Eventually manyara will produce a stock-proof hedge which is more durable than any made of cut thorn branches. There is a specimen of Euphorbia tirucalli at the entrance gate.

The Great Rift Valley is part of a fault in the earth's crust which stretches 8,000 kilometers (4,971 miles) from Turkey to the mouth of the Zambezi River in Mozambique. The fault is so massive that when astronauts landed on the moon the Rift Valley was clearly visible to them. In the Manyara area there is no eastern wall to the Rift Valley as there is in Kenya. Here the flattish country falls very gently into a depression, while in Kenya the valley has walls to both east and west.

The types of vegetation which occur in the Park are related to the geology of the area. The northern part of the Park, nearest the entrance, is composed mainly of volcanic rock which, being porous, allows many streams of clear water to flow out of the base of the rift wall. Further south, around Msasa River, the volcanic rock gives way to ancient crystalline rock, which is hard and non-porous allowing fewer springs and streams to emerge. Those that do — the Ndala, Bagayo and Endabash — cascade down the entire face of the wall when flowing.

Despite the fact Lake Manyara National Park is only 330 square kilometers (127 square miles) in area — of which about 230 square kilometers (89 square miles) are lake — it contains a large variety of habitats: the rift wall, the ground water forest, acacia woodland, areas of open grassland, the lake shore, swamp and the lake itself. Due to the variety of habitats the Park is able to support a large number of species. Over 380 species of birds, some migratory, have been recorded in the Park.

330 square kilometres (127 square miles), of which up to 200 square kilometres (77 square miles) is lake when water levels are high.

In Northern Tanzania. The entrance gate lies 1.5 hours (126 km/80 miles) west of Arusha along a newly surfaced road, close to the ethnically diverse market town of Mto wa Mbu.

By road, charter or scheduled flight from Arusha, en route to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

Game drives, canoeing when the water level is sufficiently high, cultural tours, mountain bike tours, abseiling and forest walks on the escarpment outside the park.

Dry season (July-October), for large mammals, wet season (November - June) for bird watching, the waterfalls and canoeing.

The Lions of Lake Manyara National Park: By Adam Michael:
Ecologists in Lake Manyara National Park have embarked on an extensive and intensive research to establish the reasons the Lake Manyara lions are the only type of lions in the world which are tree climbing, Destination Tanzania has revealed. The tree climbing lions, which are occasionally seen along the branches of Acacia trees in Lake Manyara located 126 km west of Arusha town under the wall of the great rift valley, have become a wonderful spectacle for most of the visiting tourists.

In an exclusive interview with this Magazine recently, the Lake Manyara chief park warden, Bettie Loibook, said that research will investigate whether there are biological or environmental factors behind this novel trend of the amazing tree climbing lions. "Since the commencement of the park way back in 1960 no one knows exactly why these lions are the only ones which are tree climbing throughout the world" Loibook explained.

The natural habitat condition in any place for lions is mostly grass savannah lands where they usually hide and prey other animals.

"This is what has made the Lake Manyara National Park to be curious and conduct an interesting research due to the uniqueness or rather the abnormality of the famous tree climbing Lions" Loibook said.

She further added that most of the visiting tourists form Europe, USA and Japan have been highly impressed by this peculiar habitat which is not found anywhere else. Most of the tourists have been underscoring the importance of the research so as to establish the reason behind the amazing trend of these wonderful tree climbing lions.

The respective park's Ecologist Emilian Kihwele popped in and said; "If the ongoing research reveals the factors which make the Lake Manyara lions to climb trees, a second type of lion's habitat might be discovered or introduced in other national parks for the benefit of visitors" The second benefit of the research, according to Kihwele, would be the success in untangling the long time jigsaw puzzle as to why these animals should be the only ones in the world with this strange habit of climbing acacia trees (with thorns) let alone any tree.


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