Kirurumu Manyara LodgeRating: Mid-range
Kirurumu Manyara Lodge covers 13 acres high on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, with panoramic views eastward over Lake Manyara and Mount Losimingori. The Ngorongoro Highlands rise behind Kirurumu, forming the gateway to Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge and the Serengeti. This tented lodge offers first class service, very comfortable accommodation, delicious home-cooked food and a relaxed atmosphere.
All of the tented rooms and cottages are tastefully furnished with wooden verandahs with armchairs and table, full en-suite facilities (flush toilet, shower, handbasin) and running water. There is 24 hour electricity and each room has plugs for charging batteries. The lodge has a thatched, open-sided dining room serving local and European dishes and a well-stocked bar with incredible views of Lake Manyara from the terrace. Guest rooms and the main areas are linked by stone paths.
The lodge arranges game viewing excursions to Lake Manyara National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. Guests can be taken on half-day treks and hikes and enjoy a Maasai-led ethno-botanical walk. Visits to local villages are popular and offer insights into the Maasai way of life.
Kirurumu Manyara Lodge details
Open: Open all year.
Location: On the escarpment of the Rift Valley, above Lake Manyara National Park and Mount Losimingori, about 20 minutes' drive from the park gate. The lodge is about 2 hours from Arusha. The nearest airstrip, Manyara, is a 15 minute drive.
Rooms: 27 tented rooms, plus 2 honeymoon suites and 2 family cottages. All have en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water.
Activities: Ethno-botanical walks with a Maasai, day trips to lake Manyara National Park and to Ngorongoro Crater. Trips to local villages and markets. The lodge can arrange half day treks and hikes. Mountain biking is a good way to explore the area but needs to be booked in advance. There are many walking trails around the lodge.
Facilities: The large bar has a sun deck with stunning views over Lake Manyara and the Rift Valley floor. The thatched restaurant serves local and European dishes. The lodge has a gift shop and there is a laundry service.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables. The food is a good standard with a variety of international and some African dishes.
Children: Children of all ages are very welcome here.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is a good mobile signal here. No Wifi, but there are internet facilities.
Lodge website: www.kirurumu.net
'I have stayed here many times and I always like coming back. If you're lucky enough to get one of the front tents you will get a stunning view over Lake Manyara down below, but even if you don't, you can see this from the well-positioned bar. The meals are very good here and whilst it is not a small camp, the tents have pretty good privacy due to the indigenous plants grown throughout the grounds. Birds really like this small haven and so do I.'
This property completed Tribes' audit on their social and environmental responsibility. Water usage, pollution, land use, ownership, commitment to conservation, links with local communities, and staff welfare are all researched.
We awarded them the eco-rating seen here. You can use these eco-ratings to tell whether a property has their heart in the right place or not. Places which care about the impact they have on the people and environment around them will usually go the extra mile for you too!
5/5 = One of the real heroes of the travel industry! This place makes a real difference.
4/5 = Caring for their people and environment is very important to them.
3/5 = Making a real effort in some important areas.
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