Wild Dog Sightings

Once an area where wildlife feared to venture, Manyara Ranch Conservancy is now a haven, with many species taking up permanent residency. Surveys conducted in 2004 revealed a number of wild dogs denning in the conservancy, and today we continue to sight this rare and vanishing species of East Africa.

Recently, six dogs were sited in an area deep inside the conservancy. With the help of AWF, game scouts continually protect and monitor the Manyara Ranch Conservancy allowing the conservation of endangered wildlife and their habitat.

AWF & TLCT Partnership

The pioneering Tanzania Land Conservation Trust (TLCT) is an initiative led by the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), in response to the potential threat of the Manyara Ranch privatization in 1998.

AWF led the process where a task force chaired by Monduli District Commissioner was encouraged to develop land conservation trust that would be used to acquire and manage the ranch.

Today, the TLCT board is made up from the following members allowing for a diversity of ideas to flow through.

  • AWF (African Wildlife Foundation)
  • TANAPA (Tanzania National Parks)
  • Tanzania’s Wildlife Department
  • Monduli District Council
  • UNDP – GEF (Global Environment Fund)
  • WWF (World Wildlife Fund for Nature)
  • The local community

The object of the trust is to promote the nature preservation and conservation and economic activities compatible with conservation for the benefit and trust of present and future generations throughout Tanzania. The trust also aims to support local community development. A local steering committee, whose memberships include representatives of the local community, serves as an advisory board and effectively links the community with the ranch management.

Today, despite many challenges, the Trust has produced several positive results including: averting cultivation and fencing off of the Manyara Ranch area, extensive and progressive community consultation, improved security of the corridor and consequently an increase in wildlife numbers, improved services for communities services, which includes a new school and support to their livestock production activities, and lastly, great interest in the new Manyara Ranch Conservancy tourism enterprise.

Luxury Tented Camp Opened

Manyara Ranch Conservancy is excited to announce the opening of our East African style luxury tented camp, located only an hour’s drive from Arusha. Guests can enjoy a romantic bush setting, delectable bush cuisine, and a warm and hospitable service – set within 35,000 acres of exclusive and private wilderness.

Benefit from an authentic safari experience with all the modern luxuries such as a comfortable double bed, ensuite bathroom, hot shower and a flushing toilet. Each tent also has a private viewing deck allowing guests to enjoy a morning cup of coffee with a panoramic view onto the surrounding plains.

A spacious tented guest lounge has been designed for those lazy afternoon or pre-dinner drinks, while guests’ will be attended to by our hospitable staff.  The infamous and cherished sundowner can be taken at a variety of stunning locations around the ranch. Guests will return to camp to dine underneath the stars, and to fulfill their appetite with delectable bush cuisine.

Exciting outdoor adventures with a conservation focus augment the purpose of the Manyara Ranch Conservancy. Many activities leave the vehicle behind and are substituted with the by foot approach. For more information on our activities, click here.

New images on Flickr

Time flies when you are having fun they say and time has certainly flown past since we went to INDABA. We have now opened our 12 bed luxury tented camp on Manyara Ranch and are very excited by the outcome. Rather than write about what we have developed, you can follow this link to pictures we have posted to Flickr.  See the outcome for yourself.

Go to Flickr

Enjoy!

Manyara Ranch Conservancy at Indaba

We will be attending INDABA in South Africa later this year. You will find us on the ATTA stand where we hope to see as many of you as possible to promote this exciting new project.

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Indaba 2010
Saturday ,08-May-2010 – Tuesday ,11-May-2010
INDABA is one of the largest tourism marketing event on the African calendar and one of the top three ‘must visit’ events of its kind on the global calendar. It showcases the widest variety of Southern Africa’s best tourism products, and attracts international visitors and media from across the world.

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ATTA Party at Indaba
Saturday ,08-May-2010 – Saturday ,08-May-2010
More details to be announced.

Video on Manyara Ranch and AWF

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Steven Kiruswa of the AWF, presents the essence of AWF and the TLCT’s work on Manyara Ranch. The video highlights the Manyara Ranch School which visitors may find an interesting place to visit during their stay on the Conservancy.

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Manyara Ranch, African Wildlife Foundation from Green Living Project on Vimeo.

Explore.org – link to photos from the ranch

The following link provides some excellent Maasai and school related photos taken on Manyara Ranch by Explore. Their support through the Annenberg Foundation has enabled the school to be rebuilt on the periphery of the ranch rather than being centrally located within the conservancy area. Their ongoing support has taken pressure off the wildlife sensitive areas near where we are situating our Tented Camp and in the vicinity of the future Ranch-House -cum – lodge.
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We think the work undertaken by Explore is excellent and hope to see them back on the ranch in the near future.  Click on the logo to visit Explore’s site and learn more about their work.
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Our website goes live

At last we are online with our first website. Our site is a work in progress, so we look forward to developing the content as time goes by. Thanks to Mark for his time and patience in developing the 1st phase. We will be expanding our photo gallery, adding to the downloads available and introducing a direct access point for our agents that will include high-res images, fact files, sample itineraries and other useful information.

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Here on this blog you may add your comments and we will try to provide feedback in a timely manner. Any suggestions you may have for improving our site are most welcome.

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Visit to the ranch

A group of us headed to Manyara Ranch on the 10th March to check out the future lodge site. Our design for a 20 bed “Ranch-House” are at an advanced stage.  We have to make some changes to comply with the National Environmental Management Council (NEMC) recommendations who have asked us to move the site back from the river’s edge.  This move actually appears to make the siting even better. NEMC met the same day in Dar es Salaam to move a step closer to approving the project.

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We are excited that the start of construction is a step closer. Building the Ranch-House will take time, but our interim Deluxe Tented Camp will open in just a few months and allow us to get our project off the ground.

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Just a few minutes into the ranch, we encountered a herd of elephants who put on a fantastic welcome show. With lots of green grass, the ranch is an elephant haven for much of the year.  Some of the large bulls spend more time on the ranch than in the neighboring parks.

Welcome party

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