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.
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.
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
This safari takes you to 3 of the best wildlife locations in Tanzania, staying in comfy lodges and camps throughout.
Kirurumu Manyara Lodge was built with minimal impact on its surroundings. The plantlife and wildlife around the lodge is flourishing, with excellent bird numbers and even resident dik-dik antelopes. Links with local communities are very strong, built through trust and a willingness to share and help. The lodge provides clean water to nearby villages and also employs local people, as well as buying local produce where possible. Wildlife and environmental conservation, plus local community development are all very important to Kirurumu lodges.
"This was only a brief overnight stop but we did enjoy the views."