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Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge Review

Alison Macallister

Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge, part of the Wellworth Hotel Collection, is perched on the rim of the Great Rift Valley with views over this famous landscape. The iconic Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro are visible on a clear day. 

5-Star Luxury Lodge – From $730 for Double Room

The African style, thatched-roofed buildings are nestled between beautiful gardens and indigenous plants where you may choose to take breakfast. Inside the lodge are high ceilings, stone walls, leather furniture, African decor and bold prints creating a glamorous safari style that continues into spacious suites. Located just outside the bustling town of Karatu, the lodge is on the doorstep of major attractions like the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara – The Ultimate Guide to the National Park.

Location and Views 

Getting to Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge

Arusha, the tourist capital, is 55 miles / 89 km away and Lake Manyara Airstrip, for connecting flights between areas in Tanzania, is a 10-minute drive from the lodge. Shuttle services are available

Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge

Nearby Attractions 

Mto wa Mbu Village

9.5 miles away, the village of Mto wa Mbu has village tours as well as local pubs and restaurants.

Lake Manyara National Park

A 14-minute drive away, popular for baboons, elephants, hot springs and tree-climbing lions. Night drives are available by arrangement. 

Ngorongoro Crater 

The lodge is 40 miles / 65 km from Ngorongoro Lodorare gate into Ngorongoro crater, one of Africa’s most well-known game viewing areas.

Lake Manyara

A hot spot for birdlife, It is also possible to kayak on this great lake.



Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge is perfectly positioned for stunning views over the surrounding landscape of valleys and mountains. On a clear day, you can see Mount Meru and Africa’s highest peak,  Mount Kilimanjaro.


Currency exchange 

Offered on-site

Interactive Sessions

Learn to prepare traditional meals with the chef or make signature cocktails at the bar


Village walks to Kibuweni –  A 20-30 minute walk through sunflower plantations and farmlands learning about village life.

Nature walks: Learn about medicinal and indigenous plants.




The lodge is set in beautiful gardens surrounded by indigenous vegetation. With over 130 bird species in the area, the gardens are great for birdwatching.

Fitness Centre

Gym with weights and equipment. You can also take a jog with one of the staff.


infinity pool in front of the lodge with sweeping views over the valley.


Children’s Activity Centre

A playroom with games, a ball pit, jungle gym, books and other things to entertain the little ones.

Business Facilities

Conference room, board room and banquet centre available at an extra cost for workshops and meetings.

Beauty and Wellness 

The spa is available to book relaxing treatments including Massages and facials.


A small gift shop to buy postcards and locally made curios.

Other Amenities

  • Billards table
  • Internet cafe 
  • Media Room
  • WiFi

Food and Drink

Acacia Restaurant

Lake-Manyara-Kilimamoja-Lodge-Restaurant Outside

Elegant dining room with the option to eat on the outdoor patio area. The menu is fine-dining with a mix of international and traditional meals to choose from for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is an outdoor seating area that has views of the Oldeani Mountains.

Nyati Bar

The cocktail bar is conveniently located in the central lounge area and also stocks a selection of cigars. Guests can also enjoy sundowners at the pool. 

Boma Dinners

Barbecue facilities are available at an extra cost  for traditional grilled meals under the stars


Order breakfast in bed or sit down in the restaurant.



Lunch boxes with finger foods like sandwiches, wraps and a small desert are packed for guests heading out on a game viewing trip. Guests who are not out over lunch can order off the restaurant menu.


Local musicians, dancers and acrobats often provide dinner-time entertainment. 

Especially paired wine and food menus are available and you can arrange a private dinner by the poolside or on your balcony. 

Room Service

Available within specified hours.


50 deluxe rooms and 2 free-standing villas with features you expect in a 5-star hotel including fireplaces, freestanding tubs, outdoor showers, drinks stations and study areas.



Spacious rooms with stone insets, wooden finishings, gilded mirrors and traditional African and wildlife-themed decor.  

Deluxe Twin/ Double Suites

24 Deluxe Twin and 24 Deluxe Double rooms. All suites have an en-suite bathroom and valley or lake views

  • 1 King or 2 Twin beds
  • Furnished balcony

Sleeps 2, extra bed/ cot can be added

Presidential Suites

2 presidential suites,  2368sq feet in size.

  • 1 King bed and  2 Twin beds
  • Valley views
  • Furnished balcony
  • Private pool
  • Living and dining area 

Sleeps 4 extra beds/ cot can be added


Need to Know

Check-in time: 12 AM

Check out time: 10 AM

Safety: The lodge is not in a dangerous game area

Child Friendly: Yes, but no children under 1

Services: Babysitting, Laundry

Alison Macallister

With a degree in Nature Conservation and experience working with wildlife including the Big 5, Alison works as a guide for a 5-star reserve. She enjoys sharing her passion for all things nature-related. She enjoys hiking, horseriding, 4x4 driving and kayaking.

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