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Manyara Ranch Conservancy
Reviewed 1 November 2016

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!

Room Tip: The 2-tent family unit was perfect for our family of 2 adults + 3 kids.
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  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled with family
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MRCTom, Owner at Manyara Ranch Conservancy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2016

Thank you very much for your kind review and excellent photograph which gives a good representation of our game drives in the area. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you again in the future.

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Reviewed 31 October 2016

We spent the best weekend game viewing, night game drive and some members of the group, a morning walk. Did not imagine the place will be teaming with wild life and was my first time to see a Zorilla. The hospitality was out of this world and will recommend it to family and friends. With only 8 tents, one feels the exclusivity and the attention to detail.

Room Tip: All tents have privacy unless you request for a family tent.
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  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 October 2016

Located between the Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks in a private conservancy this tented camp allows to do such thrilling things as night rides and guided morning walks. Wayne, the manager and Richard, the waiter did a fabulous job, the g & t at the pond was wonderful and the quiet and civilized talks at the fire after sunset were most informative and pleasant. Not to forget are the very nice meals in the stylish dining tent and, last but not least, the comfortable personal tent with beautiful sights and sounds and a most remarkable and efficient technology for hot water production. Thank you for a brilliant stay.

  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

This is one of the most amazing places ever!! We stayed 5 nights, did horseback ride Safari's in the morning and by jeep in the afternoon. The food was healthy and Delicious!! Our guides and staff treated us like family and it was so difficult to leave.
We saw almost all the game and always felt safe. The tents were wonderful, hot water, flushing toilets, it was truly fabulous!!
You won't be disappointed!! I hope to return!!

Stayed: September 2015, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 May 2016

The food here was fantastic! The chef did a fabulous job every night we were there. The accommodations were wonderful, always clean and tidy. The game viewing when we were there in early February was okay, not fantastic. This was primarily due to plenty of water available so the animals were scattered. The manager, Allan, did a terrific job and his staff were all personable and helpful. We were able to do a walking safari while there and also had a chance to visit Tarangire National Park. The only concern at the Park was the massive number of tsetse flies! They bite! But the game viewing there was very good.

Stayed: February 2016, travelled as a couple
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MRCTom, Owner at Manyara Ranch Conservancy, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2016

Thank you for a great review. I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay and the food at the Conservancy.

As Tsetse are not common on Manyara Ranch Conservancy, I assume you are referring to your visit to nearby Tarangire National Park where the tsetse are found in higher concentrations.

We hope to see you again in the future.

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Additional Information about Manyara Ranch Conservancy

Address: Manyara Ranch | Between Tarangire and Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Tarangire National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 29 Speciality Lodging in Tarangire National Park
Price Range: ₹ 26,916 - ₹ 43,579 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Manyara Ranch Conservancy 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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 

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