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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