The Manyara Ranch Conservancy is a true gem on the northern Tanzanian safari circuit. Besides the luxurious tents, delicious food, and impeccable service, the activities offered at this camp sets it apart from others. We will never forget our evening game drive in the camp's open-air vehicle where we sat just meters away from a relaxed family group of elephants - I've been on many game drives during safaris in Africa and this was one of the most magical. Later that evening we went out for an exciting night drive and spotted 14 Springhares (think rodents that look like small kangaroos!), a rare Zorilla, a pair of jackals, and so much more. The following morning we embarked on foot to walk amongst more elephants, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, and giraffe. Seeing the wildlife from this perspective was an experience we'll never forget.
This camp is unique in offering these activities as they are not located within a national park, but rather on a privately-managed wildlife ranch. We looked into night drives and bush walks at other properties, but they were all very expensive because of additional national park fees. Despite the camp being located outside a national park, the wildlife was plentiful - we heard lions and hyenas at night and saw all the major plains game, including Lesser Kudu, which was a great treat! The ranch works with local Maasai communities to help protect the land and wildlife, so it's an extra bonus knowing your stay helps local communities.
The camp offers very comfortable lodging with spacious tents, tasteful decor, comfortable beds with duvets, piping hot showers, and flush toilets. Each tent has a private veranda where we sat in the afternoons and watched the wildlife and abundant birdlife from the convenience of our tent. Food was delicious and the kitchen easily accommodated a vegetarian in our family. Service was excellent – friendly and prompt when needed but not overbearing.
The exclusive property on this 40,000 acre ranch is the only one of its kind on the safari circuit and offers incredible wildlife experiences that are a unique addition to the typical photographic safari. An extra bonus was the convenience of the camp from Arusha town - only 1.5 hours by paved road. You couldn't find a better location for the start of your safarI!
- 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