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Reviewed 21 September 2012

We spent about 2 full days at Manyara Ranch-we arrived from another camp to a wonderful lunch outside under an acacia tree-absolutely great food- you never expect this in the middle of nowhere. That afternoon we went on a walking safari around the conservancy with Rowen and a Maasi warrior as our guides and protection- what a treat to walk rather than be in a land cruiser all day. Rowen explained the plants and their uses by the Maasai. We came up fairly close to elephants before they saw us- slowly left- saw new birds, other animals and the elusive kudu. We drove around the conservancy with our own guide where we were rewarded with the siting of many animals in a very varied landscape. The lodging was simple but very comfortable with beautiful surroundings and our own stone oven in the back to provide heated water in the morning and at night. The next day at night we drove around the ranch to see the nocturnal animals with Rowen and a Maasi tracker- we were rewarded with some nice sitings- hyena with its prey, a genet cat, kangaroo rabbits, an eagle owl and some others.
This place is a treat to add to your safari plans.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 August 2012

We stayed at Manyara Ranch Conservancy for three nights as the last stop on our honeymoon safari. We absolutely loved the Conservancy!

The accommodation was very comfortable, clean, spacious, and beautiful decorated in keeping with the ranch theme. The shower was hot and the water pressure was fantastic. Although it was quite hot on some of the days we were there, it was comfortable in the tent during the mid-afternoon with the flaps open to let the breeze through and under the shade of an acacia. We loved having our wake-up call coffee/tea on the deck of our tent, while watching animals meander past (we saw plenty of zebra and wildebeest, and a jackal from our tent.)

With only six tents, the Conservancy offers a level of hospitality far and above anything else we’ve ever received. Svenja and Ruan were amazing hosts, and we loved sharing meals and sundowners with them and other guests. All of the staff were fantastic – Jacob and Julius were wonderfully friendly and provided great service at meals, the staff who cleaned the tent were efficient, and the after-dark escorts were friendly and responded quickly. And the included laundry service is a fantastic luxury on safari! The food, including the snacks during sundowners, was by far the best we enjoyed during our safari. On our second night we enjoyed a private dinner at our tent, where we received wonderful service from Julius during our three-course dinner.

After being mostly vehicle-bound in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, we loved the range of activities available at Manyara. As well as game drives in the open vehicle, we took walking tours, night drives, and spent an afternoon in the hide by a watering hole, all guided by Ruan and Longeti (whose eyesight is unbelievable!). We really enjoyed getting a different perspective on the animals, and learnt so much from Ruan. Because the Conservancy is not a national park, Ruan is able to take the vehicle off-road to get a view that would not be possible at other places. This meant that during a night drive we were able to see a group of lions feasting on an unfortunate wildebeest from very close, something we won’t forget anytime soon!

We would definitely recommend Manyara Ranch Conservancy to others. And we would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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MRCTom, Owner at Manyara Ranch Conservancy, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2012

Thank you for your very kind comments. Off-road driving, game walks, night-drives and exclusivity are all high on our list of experiences we encourage all our guests to partake in. A longer stay really does justice to the Conservancy after the normal "rush" through the parks. We hope you will find the time to visit us again in the future.

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Reviewed 21 August 2012

We loved everything about Manyara: the privacy of the tents, the animal noises at night, the sundowners at various locations on the property, the awesome walking safaris with naturalists who can describe every print and scat found along the way, the elephant passing near our tent while we played cards in the afternoon, the french press coffee delivered to the tent each morning, the visit to the Massai village (where we happened to see a baby goat being born), and the marvelous staff.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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MRCTom, Owner at Manyara Ranch Conservancy, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2012

We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and for the excellent review you have provided. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.

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Reviewed 4 July 2012

Manyara Ranch was the first stop on our first ever safari. It proved to be one of the most unique and memorable places we stayed at on our entire trip. The staff was warm and welcoming and the tents were simple yet very comfortable. The picturesque landscape of acacia trees and rolling hills of golden grass was breathtaking and it felt as if we were the only people for miles. Our most memorable moments came on the various walking safaris we took at the Conservancy feeling the true exposed wild of Africa. There is no question that if we are lucky enough to go back to Tanzania Manyara Ranch would yet again be the first stop of our journey.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Thank sftravelers83
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MRCTom, Owner at Manyara Ranch Conservancy, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2012

Walking safaris within Manyara Ranch Conservancy is a real highlight for most of our guests. The freedom we have to plan our program and the quality of our guides makes this activity a must-do. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again at the Conservancy.

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Reviewed 14 June 2012

This was not my first safari so I was not expecting to be impressed, but I must honestly say this was my best safari ever.

The tents were definitely luxury accomodation: plenty of room, best hot showers in Tanzania, stylish furnishings. The food was exquisite and abundant. Having sundowners with the sun setting over Lake Manyara, and the breakfast the next day in the bush after a game drive, overlooking the dam and the wildlife, was just amazing.

I did not expect to be this amazed by the actual game driving since I have lived in East-Africa for years. But having the Massai spotter with us in the car, the driver-guide being knowledgeable, the ranch being such a big site where you are all alone, the dams all over the ranch attracting all sorts of animals.. it all contributed to us having a fantastic safari experience.
After dinner we had an extra night drive and that was definitely very special. Nocturnal animals are a completely different ball game and we have seen things I had never seen before. The diversity of everything we had seen that day was wonderful.

Extra special was the horse riding. A place that offers so many activities in the middle of the bush, but still gives you the feeling you are there all alone, is unique in it's kind.

And for those that consider responsible tourism a must: this tented camp is built in collaboration with the African Wildlife Foundation in order to protect the wildlife corridor that exists in this area.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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