The only one in Lake Manyara National Park, this lodge is renowned for its romantic stilted treehouse suites that are shaded by a mahogany forest. After an exhilarating game drive, guests stop for sundowners on the lake shore below the Great Rift Valley wall.
Remote and romantic, &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is the only lodge in the game-rich Lake Manyara 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. Woodchip paths and natural branch railings blur the edges between the natural and the man made, while wooden interiors and thatched roofs invite the surrounding forest indoors. Even a soak in the large, free-standing tub offers a panoramic view and the open air shower presents a change of perspective from behind a simple bamboo screen.
Soaring ceilings and split levels create spacious guest areas, where warm wood interiors and comfortable sofas carve out cosy corners. An interactive kitchen brings a touch of theatre to breakfast and lunch. Dinner is served in the open dining boma, encircled by a tall fence of gnarled wood.
Lake Manyara National Park offers a wilderness experience in diverse and scenic habitats, from its Rift Valley soda lake to dense woodlands and steep mountainsides. Here the Rift Valley is at its most impressive, with the escarpment dropping some 500 metres down to the lake shore.
Apart from a spectacular setting, the park is famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions and the vast elephant herds it was established to protect. The shores of the lake, encrusted with pink flamingo, attract more than 400 species of birds, many of them waterfowl or migrants. Large herds of buffalo, solitary cheetah, elegant Maasai giraffe and families of impala roam the lake shores and the forested valley slopes. Troops of several hundred olive baboons appear alongside Sykes monkey and short-eared galago.Cape clawless otter, Egyptian mongoose, hippo and klipspringer are other, and more unusual, park residents.
A number of scheduled airline services operate a twice-daily scheduled flight from Arusha Airport and Coastal Air operates daily flights from Dar es Salaam. Both these options arrive at Lake Manyara airstrip, where guests are warmly welcomed. Due to the remote location of the lodge within the park, it takes 2½ hours to reach it, although the major of this is a leisurely game drive through the park.
Weather & climate
Due to its proximity to the equator,Lake Manyara enjoys a warm to hot climate year round. Minimum temperatures do not drop below 15°C, with maximums of up to 40°C experienced in summer. Rainfall is predominantly in April, May and November.
The currency is the Tanzanian shilling, however, most tourist destinations will require non-Tanzanian residents to pay in US dollars. It is difficult to exchange South African rand, so it is a good idea to obtain your foreign exchange in advance. Please note that dollar bills printed between 1996 and 1999 are not accepted in Kenya or Tanzania, as the illegal processing of bills was rife in East Africa during that time.
Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express are accepted by most restaurants, shops and hotels, but proof of identity may be requested.
Visas and documents
Although visa requirements change often, South Africans travelling to Tanzania currently require a visa. While it is a good idea to obtain a visa before leaving South Africa, visas can also be obtained at the airport on arrival. If you are planning to get your visa at the airport, please note that you will need to pay for this in US dollars. Make sure you have enough cash available and try to have smaller denominations, as you may not be able to obtain change at the visa counter.