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Kirurumu Tented Lodge.
  Kirurumu Tented Lodge
Getting there
Kirurumu Tented Lodge is a two-hour drive (or 125 km/80 mi) on good to very good tarmac from Arusha. You pass the entrance to Lake Manyara National Park some twenty minutes before reaching the lodge.
Lake Manyara airstrip is about 15 minutes' drive from the lodge.
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Lake Manyara map.
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Kirurumu Tented Lodge
Lake Manyara National Park
Kirurumu Tented Lodge is a mix between a lodge and a tented camp, set on top of the Great Rift Valley escarpment not far from Lake Manyara National Park in northern Tanzania. It offers good standard, and has a good location with far views over the rift valley, which is the largest of its kind in the world. It reaches from the Jordan River in the Middle East to the Zambezi River in Mozambique in Africa. Map of Africa Namibia Botswana South Africa Zambia Mozambique Malawi Rwanda Tanzania Kenya Uganda
The lodge has sixteen permanent tents and six rooms in buildings. The tents are traditional safari tents sleeping two people in normal beds. Each tent has a veranda facing the rift valley in front, and a private bathroom with WC and shower at the back. The hot water is heated by solar power. Canvas and wood add to a nice safari atmosphere.
Family rooms and suites
The six rooms are four family rooms, one family suite and one honeymoon suite, all in permanent buildings, i.e. not in proper tents. Some of the rooms have a clear canvas atmosphere, though, in addition to the stone materials.

Kirurumu Tented Lodge also has a restaurant, a bar, a gift shop and a terrace facing the Great Rift Valley. The lodge offers arrangements such as walks in the area, focusing on culture, flora and birds, as well as trekking in and around the Ngorongoro highlands.

More about Lake Manyara
The national park not far from the lodge has much vegetation; the north is covered by groundwater forest, the middle by drier savanna woodland, and the south by shrubs. The dense vegetation makes game spotting harder, while on the other hand offering a good habitat for many animal species. Lake Manyara has the highest elephant density among the Tanzanian parks, and you're likely to meet some of the elephants during a game drive in the park.

Lions and other animals
The tree-climbing lions are another attraction. Unlike lions in most other parks, the lions of Lake Manyara regularly spend time in trees, the same way leopards do. Most lions are seen on the ground, though, as they are hard to spot up in the foliage.

Tent interior.

Breakfast in Kirurumu Tented Lodge.

Honeymoon suite in Kirurumu Tented Lodge.

Family room with canvas atmosphere in Kirurumu Tented Lodge.

Other mammal species seen in the park are baboons, which are often observed in large troops, blue monkeys, giraffes, impalas, buffalos and bushbucks. There are leopards, but due to the vegetation and their secretive habits, they are not seen very often.

Bird watching
Bird watchers may enjoy the park a lot. Two bird trophies spotted now and then are the monkey-hunting crowned eagle and the giant kingfisher, which is mostly seen along the creeks from the rift valley escarpment. Bee-eaters, African fish eagles and silvery-cheeked hornbills may be seen in the forests, while storks, different species of heron, pelicans and Egyptian geese are found on the lake shores. All in all, Lake Manyara has a bird list of 380 species.

Wildlife seasons
The wildlife population in the park is fairly stable, and doesn't vary much depending on time of year. You may want to avoid the rainy season in April and May, though. The roads in the park are mostly gravel and are generally good, but some bridges may get flooded and make parts of the park inaccessible.

The largest numbers of flamingos are seen when the water level in the lake is high, i.e. during and after rainy seasons.

Wildlife around the lodge
The lodge has been built using local materials blending well into the surrounding nature. The bird life around is fine, and mammals such as dikdiks and monkeys may be seen.

The lodge is situated close to Lake Manyara National Park, which has the best roads among the Tanzanian parks, and getting there from Arusha is no more than two hours. You may combine it with Tarangire (a very good combination during August to October) or the Ngorongoro Crater for a short safari or for a safari avoiding the worst roads. For longer safaris to Ngorongoro and Serengeti, Lake Manyara is en route.

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