Manyara’s Secret Lodge

Lake Manyara, Babati, Manyara Region, Northern Zone, Tanzania – Show more hotels in Lake Manyara National Park

Location: Mto wa Mbu Village, Lake Manyara, Tanzania


With all the stunning views of Lake Manyara, Manyara’s Secret is the place where occasionally you can catch sight of the tree-climbing lions. The park is famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions and the vast elephant herds it was established to protect. The shores of the lake, encrusted with pink flamingos, attract more than 400 species of birds, many of them waterfowl or migrants. This is certainly a place to visit if Wildlife is your thing. Manyara’s Secret, is an exclusive boutique lodge, with an array of activities that you can enjoy from simply, taking a swim, sitting on the terrace, and reading a book to actually going on a safari. Shower under the sky or sleep under the “upside-down tree of the African plain”, the Baobab Tree. This spectacular and impressive lodge was designed and built from memories and experiences of the Dutch owners falling in love with Africa, as influenced by the local people and the environment. The service here is exclusive with personal attention and exquisite, special as you decide what you want and when with a delicious and delightful menu. The rooms are spaced for couples who value privacy, with villas featuring private plunge pools, and families can stay in the larger villas. The villas are Two, Four, Six, and eight-person villas each having its own private plunge or infinity pool. Here you have your own personal host, customized service, and help you come up with meal plans and exceptional culinary indulgence. A picnic basket is packed in the back with an appetizing breakfast, when you come back late morning, the lodge is ready to serve you a delicious lunch, and exactly how you ordered it. Kilimanjaro Airport is a two-and-a-half-hour drive from the lodge, alternatively, there are both scheduled and private charter flights (20-minute flight). The lodge overlooks Lake Manyara’s National Park, a mere 15 minutes by car, and Tarangire National Park is an hour’s drive away and on the road towards the Serengeti National Park. The Lodge Owners’ cooperated closely with local entrepreneurs in the construction of our lodge, and believe in supporting local businesses and their contribution added authenticity to Manyara’s Secret.

Uniqueness of this Camp

Their Social responsibility is key to focusing on nature and community:
  • Our water comes from a spring on the other side of the lake.
  • Due to the construction of our pipeline, the surrounding Maasai villages have clean running water.
  • The Lodge uses the rainy season to fill our 200 cubic meter water basin in order not to rely on the spring in scarce times when their community needs it most.
  • Electricity is generated from our solar park and water is heated by solar boilers.
  • Manyara’s Secret was built and furnished by local craftsman using local materials, based on proven Tanzanian techniques


Non-smoking Pool View or Mountain View rooms of two, four, six, and eight-person villas:
  • Private Villa (sleep 2) is designed for guests to enjoy Manyara’s Secret in complete privacy, with extra-long beds, and an indoor shower.
  • Savanna Villa (sleep 4) with double rooms, ensuite bathrooms, plunge pool, outdoor shower, and terrace.
  • Safari villa (sleep 6) at the very tip of Manyara’s Secret villa, with the most spectacular view. The three bedrooms, a beautiful living room, and a patio with its plunge pool are spacious and perfect for eating or lounging together. All rooms are ensuite with a private bathroom, master bedroom has an outdoor shower with breathtaking views over the savannah.
  • Baobab Villa (Sleeps 8) features four double rooms – (beds even larger than King Size) with ensuite bathrooms, a private swimming pool, outdoor shower, living room, terrace, and fire pit.


Lodge Amenities: Restaurant, infinity swimming pool, Offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for physically challenged guests.


Game Viewing Drives and the Big Five, visit the village of Mto Wa Mbu and explore it under the direction of a guide, visit the local market where we do our daily shopping, bicycle safari, mountain biking under the direction of a guide, Manyara’s Secret is one of the most romantic honeymoon destinations in East Africa and packages are available.