Attractions

  • Where to Stay in Lake Manyara: The Best Hotels in Lake Manyara National Park

    Chris Walker Bush
    July 12, 2018

    Where to Stay in Lake Manyara

    One of Tanzania's most beloved national parks, Lake Manyara is a popular stop-off on the way to (or from) the Serengeti and Ngorongoro regions.

    Home to Tanzania's tree-climbing lions, a startling variety of bird life, and the many hippos who call its waters home.

    A popular location for optional activities such as night game drives, Lake Manyara offers a variety of accommodation options while also being a short drive from the huge variety of accommodation in Karatu.

    Planning a safari to Lake Manyara Tanzania? Here are the best hotels and places to stay on your safari trip to Lake Manyara! #lakemanyara #tanzania #safari #travel #africa

    Budget

    Most budget travelers will find there are better options in nearby Karatu, but Lake Manyara National Park is also home to both a campsite and budget lodge that cater to those on a tight budget.

    Twiga Camp

    If you're not looking for all of the bells and whistles, Twiga Camp is the best value for money you can find in the area.

    With both regular rooms and campsites, there are a variety of options to suit all budgets. The presence of a swimming pool and on-site restaurant make it a cut above other campsites in Tanzania's National Parks too!

    Recommended For: Budget travelers and adventurous travelers.

    Medium

    There are a number of Lake Manyara lodges for those on a conservative budget, with both tented camps and brick and mortar options available.

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    Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge

    Boasting one of the most breathtaking views of Lake Manyara you're likely to find, Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge is a brick and mortar lodge catering to families, large groups, and those who want affordable accommodation close to the park.

    While the rooms are a little small and it lacks some amenities, you can't beat the stunning view.

    Recommended For: Families.

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    Escarpment Lodge

    Perched on the Great Rift Valley escarpment, the aptly named Escarpment Lodge is another property that can boast a gorgeous view of the park.

    Its infinity pool, huge viewing deck, and gorgeous decoration make it a better option than Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge for those who want a little something special.

    Recommended For: Those with a little extra money.

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    Kirurumu Manyara

    For those wanting the tented camp experience, Kirurumu Under Canvas offers stunning views of the Great Rift Valley and the thrill of camping in the wilderness.

    You're not roughing it in your tented accommodation, either! There's hot and cold water, 24-hour electricity, and all of the comforts you'd expect to find in a hotel room.

    Ideally located between Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, and Tarangire - Kirurumu Manyara is a great place to base yourself for a few days.

    Recommended ForAdventurous travelers.

    Luxury

    Lake Manyara's immense natural beauty and its position on the Great Rift Valley escarpment lend it to some truly spectacular luxury lodges.
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    Lake Manyara Kilimamoja

    The best value when it comes to luxury properties in Lake Manyara, Kilimamoja offers luxury services at a price that even medium travelers can afford.

    From the same family behind the popular Ole Serai and Oldeani properties, Kilimamoja is one of our favourite lodges.

    Recommended For: Luxury on a budget.

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    Serena Lake Manyara

    The popular Serena chain of hotels has a strong presence in Lake Manyara. For those traveling with their family or a large group, the trusted Serena brand is always a good option.

    Like other Serena properties, Lake Manyara Serena can boast a large pool, spacious dining facilities, and comfortable lodge accommodation.

    Recommended For: Families.

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    Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp

    For a luxury tented camp experience, Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp is the place to be.

    Combining world-class luxury with a closeness to nature you won't find at other Lake Manyara lodges, Wildlife Safari Camp is perfect for those wanting the comforts from home while also enjoying an authentic African bush experience.

    Recommended For: Barefoot luxury and adventurous luxury.

    Ultra Luxury

    There may not be many top luxury options in Lake Manyara, but the one the park can boast is one of the best.

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    &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

    From the first name in African luxury experiences comes Lake Manyara Tree Lodge. Not only is this one of Tanzania's most photogenic properties, it's also one of its most decadent.

    Each of the property's nine tree house suites can boast 360-degree views of the surrounding landscape. Designed to leave a minimal footprint on the surrouding ecosystem, Tree Lodge combines &Beyond's signature flair for luxury with an experience that is akin to sleeping in the trees like on of the park's famous tree-climbing lions!

    Recommended For: Honeymooners.

    Here's where to stay on your safari trip! All the best hotels and lodges in Laka Manyara Tanzania for your African safari adventure #africa #tanzania #lakemanyara #safari

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    While Lake Manyara National Park may not boast the same variety of accommodation as Ngorongoro or the Serengeti, there is nonetheless something for all tastes and budgets.

    Got a favourite that you don't see here? Let us know!

     

     

     

  • Where to Stay in Zanzibar: A Guide to Zanzibar Beaches

    Chris Walker Bush
    February 12, 2018
    When planning your trip to Zanzibar, you're likely to find yourself spoiled for choice. Thankfully, we've arranged this handy guide to Zanzibar beaches to help you find the right fit for you!
  • Five Unmissable Things to do in Zanzibar

    Chris Walker Bush
    January 24, 2018
    Looking for inspiration for things to do in Zanzibar? There's more to Tanzania's island paradise than simply relaxing on the beach! Here are five of our favourite Zanzibar activities for your next adventure to the Spice Island.
  • From the Beach to the Bush: How to Plan a Zanzibar Safari Experience

    Chris Walker Bush
    January 20, 2018
    Planning a Zanzibar safari experience? Here's our ultimate guide on how to combine your Zanzibar beach escape with an unforgettable safari experience.
  • Tarangire Wildlife Guide: What Animals Can You See in Tarangire?

    Chris Walker Bush
    January 19, 2018
    Most famous for its large herds of elephants, Tarangire National Park is a fantastic game-viewing destination during the annual dry season. Our wildlife guide explains the very best that Tarangire has to offer.
  • When is the Best Time to Visit Tarangire National Park?

    Chris Walker Bush
    January 15, 2018
    When is the best time to visit Tarangire National Park? As one of two heavily seasonal parks in Tanzania, Tarangire is an ideal dry season destination.
  • Where to Stay on the Serengeti: The Ultimate Guide to Serengeti Safari Lodges and Camps

    Chris Walker Bush
    January 10, 2018
    When planning a Serengeti safari, there's a dizzying array of Serengeti accommodation options. We've compiled the ultimate guide to the tented camps and lodges of the Serengeti to help make planning your dream safari easier.
  • Snow on Kilimanjaro in October

    Bryan Fawcett
    November 23, 2017

    One of the strangest things to experience in hot humid October in Africa, is snow! The only reason for it is altitude, yet it still is strange! Coming from overseas, it is cold already and snow is normal, but for us Africans, this is not normal at all, even temperatures below 5 degrees Celsius is most parts of Africa! As seen in the pictures below the landscape of Kilimanjaro changes completely and the beauty of it does not disappoint.

    Two beautiful young ladies completed their bucket list item in the snow! Starting in the raging heat and humidity of Moshi, they started the gradual climb, first to the base of Kilimanjaro where they met the team that would help them summit the largest free-standing mountain in the world. Acquiring on the permits and park fees etc takes several hours, before you start climbing the mountain at lunchtime. Now the distance to the summit on the popular Machame route is but is takes several days to it, due to the elevation increase. Doing an average of 7km a day, the climb up the mountain is physically draining on the body. So up the mountain they climbed, slowly and steadily under the watchful eye of our guide Amir.

    Taking many stops along the way, to eat or just take shorts rests to catch your breath on the ever less oxygen availability. Hiding behind rocks and large boulders, these women re-hydrated on water and replenished their belly’s with snacks. From the stunning photos you can see the change in vegetation to the lack thereof. From the rain forest at the base and light showers, to the barren lands with harsh winds and snow; the scenery has the ability to make you hold your breath in each of these places on the way up and down the mountain.

    Close to the summit one has to climb over and around a glacier, one of the few left in Africa. Snow encompasses the entire peak of the mountain, temperatures drop well before zero. Starting in the early morning, 3 a.m. to be exact, with an all dawn trek, they get to see the sunrise right at the peak of the mountain. Stopping to take stunning shots of the landscape, that this elevation provides. The pictures below show you that this is certainly true. It takes 6 days to climb and about a day to decline. The same day you summit you are back in Moshi, stoked beyond belief. The climb down is fast, and much shorter than most. It is a long day but most likely the one you will remember for a lifetime to come!

    Climbing this mountain does require some level of fitness, when preparing to climb Kilimanjaro make sure you have it a good hiking fitness is good. At Shadows Of Africa, we make sure you are kept safe and healthy all the way up and down, our guide and porters are there to assist you with any need. If you haven’t climbed any of the mountains in East Africa yet, contact us today to get details.

     

  • Eleven Days Well Spent in Tanzania

    Bryan Fawcett
    November 21, 2017

    If you want to know how to spend 11 day on an Africa safari in Tanzania, here is a great account. Arriving at Kilimanjaro Airport, they were met by their guides, Lomayani and Freddie. From there they overnighted in Kilimanjaro Lodge, unaware of the great sightings they had in store and the experiences they will have. Well, they had expectations, but they are normally nothing compared what is experienced.

    Early the following morning they headed for Manyara National Park. Here they saw basic animals like elephants, and many small antelope, Impala, Dik dik. The next day, they arrived in the Serengeti National Park. Right at the gate, they had the pleasure of seeing a small part of the migration that is in the south of the park at the moment. The main sightings in the Serengeti were the big cats – lion and cheetah, that they saw over the three days that they were there. The Serena Lodge in the Serengeti was their base for these three days. Going out after a relaxing breakfast they had the pleasure of enjoying sightings throughout different times of the day. Animals are visible at certain times of the day, waterholes early morning and late afternoon, in shady areas at lunchtime, scattered on the grasslands the rest of the time. The predators are generally around little hills so they can have a lookout to see what is there from them to capture. At the lodge they saw buffalo and dik dik. Seeing these magnificent beasts whilst relaxing in the lodge is pretty amazing!

    In the Serengeti they had the opportunity of watching a lion family on the hunt, and how the mother and father look after their cubs. As you can see by the pictures they had a kill, now the father brings it closer and in a safer place for the cubs to feed. Protected by the rocks they can safely feed on the wildebeest that had been killed for them, the parents eat as well but make sure there is enough for the little cubs to eat. Other families seen were the cheetah laying about, as you can see they had recently eaten, hence the reason why they are lazing about. On the second day in the Serengeti they had a picnic lunch at a remote picnic site, The picture below shows how they spent it, great enjoyment all around.

     

    From the Serengeti they headed out and into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The next day, they went into the Ngorongoro Crater, termed as the “8th Wonder of the World”. Inside the crater they got to see the black rhino, one of the most endangered species on Earth. Thereafter, they overnighted nighted in Karatu before heading to see the native tribes of the region. Two tribes with specific industries amongst them. The Hadzabe tribe specializes in hunting and the Datoga tribe in the blacksmith trade. Here they learnt how the Hadzabe hunt and the Datoga make tools and weapons. The trade between themselves and others for survival, the group had a local lunch with the tribes. Later, they headed to Tarangire National Park, where they went on a night game drive, with Brendan, the night safari guide. During this game drive they say jackal, bush babies, zebra, buffalo and elephants. Seeing these creatures at night is very different from the day, a true feeling of Africa comes over you.

    On their last day of safari they headed to Arusha National Park, where they saw flamingos and beautiful scenery around Mt. Meru. Spending these 11 days in Africa gave the ma true and authentic experience in Africa. Come join us on a similar itinerary customized just for you.

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