The opportunity arose for us once more to return to Tanzania. We had heard of this new style camp in it's embrionic stage. So it was fabulous to see it well established. We were fortunate to stay three nights and then another on our return from Ngorongoro Crater.The camp is small and intimate. There are six guest tents that are beautifully spacious,comfortable, well furnished and serviced. Piping hot water comes out of the shower which is so welcome after the dusty journeys, we experienced. The staff are superb and can't do enough to help. The tents are clean have white linen and fresh towels daily.
The Mess Tent was welcoming. In the evening we spoke to other visitors exchanging experiences of the day and enjoyed an appetising meal.Conversations would often continue around the camp fire afterwards. At breakfast we ate outside the tent watching lovebirds,sparrows and squirrels at the bird-table, whilst the Go-away-bird would be above them in the tree squawking just that!
Our walking safari was extremely informative.The guide was very knowledgeable and we felt quite safe with a Massaii askari who walked with us.
One evening we had our dinner outside our own tent when we spent our time trying to guess the night noises by candlelight.
Game drives were just that much more exciting because we were able to go off road following wildlife, rather than watch them from the road in a National Park. On our last night lion tracks were right outside our tent. Gave us that scary but exciting feeling.Lions, elephant, zebra were often close to camp but were happy to accept us as respecting visitors. A late afternoon gamedrive would end with a Sundowner in a beautiful place with a sundowner before we returned to camp.
A great experience, yet relaxing and luxurious. A return is definately in our diary.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Privacy and exclusivity make this comfortable classic east african style tented camp an ideal safari destination. Offering professionally guided walks, night game drives, safaris to Tarangire, Ngorongoro and Manyara and visits to the local Maasai community, Manyara Ranch Conservancy offers a glimpse at conservation programs in action. Every visit generates contributions for the conservation of this critically important wildlife migration corridor. ... more less