Best places to stay on safari in Lake Manyara

Best Places To Stay On Safari In Lake Manyara

The concentrations of game here is not nearly as high as in surrounding parks, but there are a number of unique species that give reason enough to safari here.  The park's main attraction are Lake Manyara's famous tree climbing lions - why these lions habitually climb trees is still up for debate, but viewing a pride relaxing in an acacia tree is a remarkable sight!  The park is also famous for its elephant and huge number of baboons, and its varied landscape supports an impressive range of other game including wildebeest, buffalo, hippo, flamingo, zebra, warthog, waterbuck, dik-dik and impala.  The birding here is also very good, especially raptors.There are loads of places to stay in Manyara, below are some of our favourites.

Little Chem Chem

Set in a stunning and characteristically Tarangire, Little Chem Chem is surrounded by imposing Baobab trees, acacia forest with stunning views reaching over the Lake Burunge. 

Chem Chem Lodge

Chem Chem is a luxurious lodge in a beautiful location but it is not for those wanting a pumping safari lodge. It is about taking things slow and seeing another side to safari. Great for the few who have the time and the budget.

Lake Manyara Ranch

Set right next to Tarangire National Park within the Kwakuchinja wildlife migration corridor, home to over 50 species of mammals. Manyara Ranch conservancy is a small permanent tented camp that can offer game drives in both Manyara National Park and Tarangire.The private conservancy is an intimate and undisturbed safari destination, across the lake from Lake Manyara National Park.

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is one of the most luxurious lodges on the northern circuit, owned and run by &Beyond.  Despite the luxury of the lodge it is perhaps one of the least visited, partly due to its location in the quieter area of Lake Manyara and also since Manyara as a destination is overshadowed by the other larger game areas in the north. We think this lodge is great but would recommend at least two nights to make the long drive in worthwhile.

Kirurumu Manyara Lodge

The lodge has an excellent view of the Great Rift Valley from many of the rooms and the bar area. We think this is a good option for those who are lovers of a great view and a slightly bigger lodge style. 

Lake Manyara Serena

Although this is a large lodge, it disguises its size quite well with its spread out design.  The little pointy thatched rooms are dotted over a large area creating good space between one another.  With only a 20 minute drive to the park, the Lake Manyara Serena is a great option for this area given its access and amazing views.  If a tented camp is not your thing or you don’t want to stay in neighbouring Karatu then this is a great choice.

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