A Horse Riders Delight at Manyara Ranch Conservancy

Horse riders are loving Manyara Ranch Conservancy  as we bring them the perfect location for a gallop among Africa’s finest wildlife.With 35,000 acres of exclusive wilderness to explore at leisure, its definitely a horse riders playground. Here at the Conservancy we have horses and crew permanently located at camp to cater for bookings at short notice. Our thoroughbreds are imported from Kenya and  have been trained over the last year in the bush environment.

Here are some images from our latest horse riding expeditions

A delighted horse rider with Tanzanian's national symbol, the giraffe.
A well deserved lunch out in the open wilderness

What our fabulous guests are saying about us

Here are some of our guests latest feedback.

After visiting several properties in the northern Tanzania, this place is just awesome, the game drive of close viewing of the elephants was mind blowing – nothing I have seen before. The tents were great and compliments to the chef for a great dinner. Staff were very hospitable and friendly. A definite return with my family! – Damon Cavello , June 2011

Super place! Very calm and enjoyable. Great combination of things that you can’t do in a National Park, which is wonderful. Neil B – 27th February 2011

Perfect is the only way to describe the Conservancy, the staff and Chris. Chris’s passion for wildlife played out in everything he creates. This was a true ‘Out of Africa’ experience. I will highly recommend this place to all who are interested in a safari and the purpose of the community. Thank you for everything. – Mick and Kelly. 

 

Filming with the African Wildlife Foundation

This past weekend, Craig Sholley and John Butler, both from the African Wildlife Foundation’s Washington offices, visited the Conservancy for 4 nights. They collected footage for AWF’s 50th anniversary which will include a piece on the importance of Manyara Ranch Conservancy and the cooperation with nearby National Parks. We also had guests in camp and so they obtained some good footage of our tented camp camp, the environment and wildlife in the area. One particularly good scene was a family herd of elephant crossing over the open plains from Tarangire just before sunset which I have included below as I think they are rather good.

Viewing elephants on Manyara Ranch Conservancy
Late afternoon game drive
Elephants at sunset on Manyara Ranch Conservancy
Elephants at Sunset

During the stay, we had visits from the Tanzania AWF and TLCT management who were also interviewed for the film, not to mention the Park wardens of Tarangire and Manyara National Parks between which the Conservancy is situated and therefore positively impacts both areas.

We look forward to seeing the final film which should be released later this year.

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.

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!

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.

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