The Great Rift Valley is perhaps most impressive at one of Tanzania’s smaller wilderness enclaves, the Lake Manyara National Park. It offers an incredible diversity of landscapes, from the alkaline soda lake to dense woodlands and steep mountainsides. The game is plentiful here and the safari experiences exclusive—with &Beyond’s Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, the only permanent lodge in the park.
Set in the heart of a verdant mahogany forest, the lodge comprises only ten treehouse suites, clung to the tree trunks and incorporating them as part of the environmentally friendly design.
In fact no trees were axed during the construction, and their boughs are often included in the architecture of the suites.
Built using local wood and covered by the traditional makuti roofs, the suites invite the lush forest inside thanks to the large windows and decks suspended above the forest floor.
The design exhibits a sophisticated blend of intimacy and romance, ensuring privacy and exclusivity in cool, leafy surroundings. Its use of warm tones and generous space renders the rustic decòr luxurious and elegant.
Fitted with contemporary furnishing in neutral colours and textures, the classically elegant bedrooms feature overhead fans and billowing mosquito nets that set the perfect safari ambience.
The most unique design feature of the interiors are the intertwined chains made from banana leafs, functioning as screens that separate the bedroom from sitting area.
With the exception of Black Rhinos, the area is richly populated with any type of African game, including the spectacular flamingos, in flocks of hundreds of birds.
The area is also famous for the tree-climbing lions, of which there are several families in the park.
Safari rides and luxury
As the only lodge in the area, the guests of the Lake Manyara Tree Lodge enjoy some unique attractions. The exclusive safari in a remote, game-rich wilderness is one (on offer are morning, afternoon and night game drives), but there are also private sundowners and lakeshore picnics.
The swimming pool and personalized massages in the privacy of guest’s own suite makes a perfect end of the busy day.