Treehouse in Tanzania: Staying at Lake Manyara Tree Lodge
Hot off the press from Lake Manyara, Tanzania
Get away from it all or better yet, above it. Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is a treehouse in Tanzania that offers adventure, seclusion and luxury.
Set within the boroughs of an ancient mahogany forest, this treehouse in Tanzania provides a unique setting for a safari adventure. It is the only permanent lodge in Lake Manyara National Park, which makes your stilted treetop experience even more exclusive. The park itself is a small, yet diverse wilderness area from the Rift Valley soda lake to the lush woodlands and steep mountainsides. Be on the lookout for pink flamingos, tree-climbing lions and large elephant families. This is what Lake Manyara is known for.
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Luxury treehouse suites above the forest
High above the forest floor is where guests get to spend peaceful nights of slumber at Lake Manyara Tree Lodge. Each suite is a lofty treehouse with a large viewing deck and windows that open up to the elements. With only 10 suites in total, the rooms are generously spread out throughout the property for maximum privacy. Additionally, your romantic perch in the trees features a freestanding bathtub and outdoor shower. A billowing mosquito net drapes over the bed with an overhead fan. There is no air conditioning in the rooms, or the main areas, but it never felt uncomfortable.
Earthy tones and textures fill the interiors which blend into the beauty of the leafy surroundings. However, nothing beats slow mornings on the deck. The sights and sounds of the African bush from your luxury treehouse in Tanzania is dream-inducing.
Outdoor boma, dining and chill out spots
At the center of the main living area is a beautiful bush boma in the sand. Multiple tables circle the boma area for all parties to enjoy the exotic setting at once. Lantern-lit and full of charm, three course dinners are served here under the night sky. Moreover, the food and service are just as good as the ambiance.
Overlooking the boma, there is also a multiple level dining and lounge area built amongst the branches of a tree. It is completely open-sided with a bar, sitting room, dining area and interactive kitchen. Lined with traditional dugout canoes and featuring woodwork and thatch, this is a cozy spot to chill in between game drives.
Lake Manyara daily adventures
Before day visitors can enter and make their way to the south end of the park, tree lodge guests can enjoy very private game viewing. In my opinion, this is one of the major advantages of staying inside Lake Manyara National Park. We were just 1 of 2 game vehicles watching hundreds of flamingos flock to the lakeshore at sunrise.
Other memorable sightings included a lioness in the tree with her cubs and dozens of elephant families appearing from the mystical forests. And I can’t forget about the large troops of baboons everywhere. From tiny babies to big males, they were really fun to watch.
Lastly, be mindful of the tsetse flies while out on the game drives. I recommend long sleeves and pants, along with insect repellent to prevent any bites.
What’s included in your treehouse in Tanzania?
Adding to the magic of Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is the all-inclusive safari package. Room rates start from $840 USD per person per night and includes:
- Private butler
- All meals and drinks (excluding premium brands)
- Laundry and WiFi
- Twice daily safari game drives (night game drives available at an additional cost)
Lake Manyara Tree Lodge experience in summary
This treehouse in Tanzania is a place to relive those childhood memories while appealing to your grown-up tastes. With a spa, pool and laundry service, it’s hard to imagine you are in a remote location in the bush. Yet, nature and architecture, the blur between outside and inside, are reminders of a beautiful tree lodge with a luxurious twist. Finally, for those planning a Tanzania safari circuit, I recommend ending your trip at Lake Manyara Tree Lodge because of its relaxing setting.
My 12-day Tanzania itinerary was set up by Roar Africa; my go-to African travel specialist. Planning a trip to Africa can be a daunting task, which is why I recommend going through an agent. I can’t begin to express how wonderful and well-organized my trip was thanks to their team.
Heading to the Serengeti next? Check out my review of Singita’s Faru Faru Lodge.
This is a sponsored post on behalf of AndBeyond and Roar Africa, but the opinions expressed in this article are, as always, my own.
Marja Essien Rook
I was there too, last year and the year before……one of the most enchanted places I’ve ever been!!
How lucky are you to have visited twice! It is a true gem of Lake Manyara. I’m glad this review brought back fond memories of your time up in the treetops.
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