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Kirurumu Manyara Lodge

Serengeti & the North

Rating: Mid-range    

Kirurumu Manyara Lodge overview

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.

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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.

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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.

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client reviews

Debbie and Eddie Stokes

"This was only a brief overnight stop but we did enjoy the views."

Mr. Ben Harding
"The friendliness of the Masssai staff gave a bad name to warriors everywhere. Great accomodation, food, location and amazingly friendly staff."
Lynn Emery
"Situated 6km up a dusty track past many people going about their daily life this is an excellent introduction to staying in tented lodges. The view from high on the escarpment is beautiful and changes with the light throughout the day. The tent itself had everything we expected, and felt far enough removed from the reception and dining areas to give us a feeling of complete freedom. The meals are served in a covered dining area with the bar and open air log fire just below. We took a guided walk with a Massai from here and were treated not only to his knowledge of plants and the environment but also to spectacular views - I couldn\'t believe just hours after leaving Heathrow we were standing on the rift valley escarpment overlooking Manyara lake with a Massai. "
Mr. John Cottingham
"In a great position overlooking Manyara Lake (10-15 mins drive away). Accommodation excellent, food superb, staff very friendly - loved to chat. Each lodge very private but does involve some steps and a bit of walking. Cheap laundry. Highly recommended."
Mr. Ian Nicholas
"We had a tremendous view of Lake Manyara, the accommodation and public areas were nicely appointed, the staff were friendly and professional and all located within 10 minutes of the park."

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