Away from the river and its broad valley, lie acacia woodlands and open plains. Here the few cattle belonging to Manyara Ranch and some of the partner community’s cattle can be seen mingling with zebra, wildebeest, giraffe and other game. This is typical Maasailand and open savannah as one imagines all of Africa to be.
Several dams scattered throughout the conservancy provide year-round water helping to retain a healthy population of wildlife.
Located in Makuyuni District in Manyara Region, Manyara Ranch occupies much of the space between Tarangire and Manyara National Parks. Tarangire’s Northern boundary lies less then 5 kilometers away, while Manyara Park is across the lake to the West and is accessed via Mto wa Mbu.
Road-based safaris visiting Tanzania’s Northern parks drive past the Conservancy when headed to Tarangire, Manyara, Ngorongoro or Serengeti. The safari camp is 1½ hours from Arusha, the starting point for most northern-Tanzania safaris.
Apart from nearby Tarangire and Manyara parks, the Ngorongoro Crater is only 2 hours drive away.
Other important wildlife areas nearby include:
– Lolkisale Game Controlled Area (South)
– Simanjiro Game Controlled Area (South-South East)
– Burunge Wildlife Management Area (South)
– Mtu wa Mbu Game Controlled Area (West and Northwest)
– Lossimingor Mountain (North)
These areas are not commonly visited by tourists, but are all part of the Manyara / Tarangire ecosystem.