Re-opening of camp

End of May

The season is coming up and it will be a busy one! We are all very excited and we are getting the camp ready as we speak: supplies are being brought in, the tents are being dusted of and we are looking forward to welcoming new guests in the ranch that now looks green and lush.

Some herds of elephant are walking around here and there, we spotted some giraffes with babies and even our often spotted leopard has cubs, we estimate they are now about 3 or 4 months old. This leopard is fondly called Kelly, because she seems to have picked the ranch as her territory. The name Kelly was chosen because a guests named Kelly spotted her first. Maybe an idea for future guests to name the cubs?

All is looking good!

the End of MASIKA

May 2012

Terms such as winter and summer mean very little in a tropical country. Tanzania however, has two pronounced rain seasons: the ‘short rains’ fall around November, the ‘long rains’ are around March, April and May. This great rainy season is called ‘masika’ in Kiswahili.

These rains are very welcome, but also incredibly beautiful. The dust settles, the incredible plains turn lush and green, the smell is refreshing, the cloud formations are amazing. Rain also means grass and fresh grazing, in other words: rain means game.

The rains this year were late but abundant. We are now coming to the end of the masika, but when a short shower still falls people say “the rains are saying goodbye”.


Latest Guest Feedback

See out latest guest feedback from the Ranch. Well done to the Manyara Ranch Conservancy team for such a great effort.

Beautiful stars, delicious food, inspiring landscapes, stimulating company. Simple pleasures  -what more could you ask for? – Miriam 

Brilliant time – loved the privacy and the full on bush experience. A bit of bush bashing a thrill. Liz, Jarrad and Conna Marcussen

Manyara Ranch has been very special part of our Tanzanian safari experience. The night drive, the walking safari, the solitude let us feel in touch in a unique way. Thank you to such a wonderful team. Wendy Hart, Miami, FL.

Manyara Ranch is a beautiful place, thank you for sharing it with us. I learned so much about the world around me, and I know I will notice more when I go home. Thank you for answering all of my questions. Thank you for helping us to get up close and personal with so many different species. I will never forget the people here. You were all so kind. – Kate Huffer, USA. 

Joanne, Chris and the fabulous staff at Manyara Ranch. You have given us the experience of a lifetime – everything was amazing! This place is a paradise – not only the environment but you – the people who run it and take care of us! This has truly been one of the greatest highlights of our lives! A million “thank yous”! Good luck and best wishes for a success and a wonderful life. – Gayle and Joel Callahan

We don’t want to leave. Everything here – the staff, our hosts. Chris and Joanna and the fabulous walking safaris and game drives have been something we will never forget. Last night, Chris and Joanne took us to the hide. We watched six lions come down to drink and Chris and Jo were so patient enough to allow us to stay as long as we wanted. We left only after the moon was out and it was impossible to see anything. The lions, the wine, the snacks and their knowledge made for an unforgettable experience. The location, the facilities, the service – all were outstanding, but, at the end of the day, the staff is what makes this place. All were outstanding and Julius made us laugh every day. – Wendy York / Steve McCue, USA

My experience at the Ranch far exceeded my expectations! I felt like I was with friends and not with guides who I didn’t know. I feel totally blessed to have had this adventure. The horses were awesome, and I’ll never forget running with the zebras and giraffes. Thank you so much.  – Suzie Hofert, North Carolina, USA

Aardvarks on the Ranch

Here on Manyara Ranch Conservancy, our night time game drives are a regular occurrence. Usually departing after dinner, we take our time to explore 35,000 acres of exclusive wilderness. Searching for a variety of nocturnal African species, we often come across a very special and rare specie known as the aardvark. Aardvarks live in sub-Saharan Africa, where there is suitable habitat for them to live, such as savannasgrasslandswoodlands andbushland, and available food (i.e., ants and termites).The aardvark is nocturnal and is a solitary creature that feeds almost exclusively onants and termites (formicivore); the only fruit eaten by aardvarks is the aardvark cucumber. An aardvark emerges from its burrow in the late afternoon or shortly after sunset, and forages over a considerable home range encompassing 10 to 30 km, swinging its long nose from side to side to pick up the scent of food.

The closest living relatives of the aardvark are the elephant shrews, along with the sirenianshyraxestenrecs, and elephants. With their extinct relatives, these animals form the superorder Afrotheria.

To see a video of one a recent aardvark spotted on the Ranch, check out the following link:


Virtual Tours of Manyara Ranch

Check out our latest virtual tours from My Destination Tanzania. The 360 degree views allows you to gain a better perspective of Ranch and its environment. To check out these tours visit, and click in the ‘multimedia tab below.

Some new images from camp

Pictures can sometimes be more powerful than words. Here is a small snippet of what’s been going on at the Ranch lately.

Giraffes quenching their thirst in front of camp
Getting up close and personal on horse back. Just one of many ways to experience wildlife in its element.
Large legs captured on our new night vision camera


August Update from Camp

It just keeps on getting better at the Ranch with three new lion cubs sighted this month. Our guests were fortunate enough to witness these playful and inquisitive cubs, as well as have the unique privilege to name them. Therefore we are proud to announce the arrival of Enzo, Babi and Nala to the Conservancy. We shall determine the sex of the cubs in the weeks ahead and let you know.

Three 19-month old lions currently on the Conservancy have progressed out of their childhood and are today practicing their hunting skills at the dam most afternoons. Unfortunately, Duffus the male lion has been ruining the hunts; much to the entertainment of our clients and to the disappointment of his two sisters.

My Destination Tanzania – A Useful Website!

Are you searching for that essential information to help you piece together your Tanzanian safari? Don’t go any further, check out My Destination Tanzania for all of your essential information on this great country . From the latest places to eat to hottest places to stay (including Manyara Ranch Conservancy – of course!!!), this website won’t let you down.

To start you off on your safari planning, why not check out this great article on What to Wear . Especially for first time travelers to Africa, this article will prove to be quite useful.

Happy Reading!