The Manyara Ranch Conservancy was created to protect the migration corridors that run between Lake Natron, Ngorongoro, Manyara, Tarangire and the Maasailands to the South making it a critical area to conserve. Game viewing in the area is good, like nearby Tarangire, the area is particularly good for elephants. It is possibly the best location in the region to see lesser kudu and they are spotted with regularity here. In addition to the game viewing on Manyara Ranch Conservancy it is a short drive to visit Tarangire or Lake Manyara National Parks so from this base you can easily explore three different areas while always retiring to the exclusivity of the Conservancy.
Manyara Ranch Conservancy is an exclusive 35,000 acre conservancy area operating in partnership with the local Maasai communities, Tanzania Land Conservation Trust and the African Wildlife Foundation. Being a private conservancy rather than a national park makes this an ideal location for active travelers who want to include more than day time game drives on their itinerary. Walking safaris, night drives, and off roading in a large area with no other tourists are all part of the advantages of being in the Conservancy area.
Due to the partnership with the local Maasai it is also possible to visit nearby villages that are not on the regular tourist circuit and thus offer an excellent opportunity for cultural interaction. It is also possible to visit the local school. Part of the mission of the ranch is to run a cattle enterprise to study techniques and impacts that can be more compatible with wildlife and it is possible for guests to learn more about the cattle operation and join Maasai herders with their cattle.
The area has also proven to be very productive for night drives, a rare treat in Northern Tanzania as night driving is not allowed throughout much of the park system. Such rarities as aardvark and aardwolf are found at times along with a host of other interesting nocturnal species.
The camp consists of eight classic style tents, including one two-tented family unit. Each tent is furnished with handcrafted furniture, Egyptian linen, and has an en-suite bathroom with hot and cold water on tap and flush toilets. The porch in front of the tent is the perfect place to relax and watch for animals coming to the waterhole.
- Unfenced environment
- Running hot and cold water, and flush toilets