Manyara Ranch Tented Camp
is is situated on a large and important private conservation area in the Lake Manyara
area of Northern Tanzania
Previously owned by the Tanzanian government, this 450 square kilometre private ranch was purchased in 2001 by the African Wildlife Foundation as part of a major project to protect the important migration corridor between Tarangire and Lake Manyara national parks.
Guest of the camp now enjoy exclusive use of this area, which is zoned for use by both domestic stock and wildlife.
The camp itself is very small and high quality. Set amongst open acacia woodland, the main mess is a simple tented affair containing lounge and dining areas, leading out to a campfire. The six guest tents are widely spaced, very large and extremely comfortable.
Vehicle safari on the conservancy is carried out in open-sided game-viewing vehicles and off-road driving is permitted, which makes it easier to take make the most of interesting sightings.
The lodge offers and unusually high quality range of further activities, including walking safari, game-viewing from hides, horse-back safari, bush meals and sundowners, cultural visits and night vehicle safari.
For most people the main stumbling block here at Manyara Ranch is the high price level, although it is relatively good value for a property of this quality and level of exclusivity.
Of far greater concern to us is that the ranch is not a very remote location. Personally we find it difficult to feel that we are really out in the wilderness here, when we know that the two main roads are both only 5km distant. It seems kind of indecent to drive out from Arusha on the sealed highway and then have only five kilometres of dirt track before arriving at the camp. But that may just be us being a little too purist.
We do, however, also find Manyara Ranch quite difficult to fit into most safaris. This is not a great base from which to visit the surrounding national parks, so needs to be considered an experience in its own right. But with so many wonderful locations to compete with in this remarkable region, it rarely ends up featuring.SeasonsPricesTrips