Lake Manayara Serena Safari Lodge
Lake Manyara National Park
Mid-rangeOverall good quality. This is a wide category, but you can expect a comfortable stay.
Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
The views from this mid-range lodge are outstanding, looking out over Lake Manyara and the Great Rift Valley. The lodge has great facilities and activities for all the family, including a stunning infinity pool, canoeing, archery, Swahili lessons, cultural visits and mountain biking.
Positioned on the edge of the escarpment and overlooking the flamingo-rich Lake Manyara, the Serena Safari Lodge has one of the finest views of the Great Rift Valley. This is a really comfortable, good-sized lodge that’s great for families.
From here you can go on safari in Lake Manyara National Park (or Tarangire further afield). It also has a diverse and entertaining range of other activities. These include cultural visits, water colour painting, spa treatments, mountain biking, canoeing, traditional instrument lessons, cookery classes and Swahili instruction, there’s plenty to keep all the family occupied when not out game viewing. Wildlife walks with one of the lodge’s resident naturalists are also popular.
The main lounge and dining areas offer spectacular views which you never tire of, and all the Serena properties offer a good standard food- the breakfasts are splendid – so you certainly won’t leave for your game drives on an empty stomach! The infinity swimming pool is one of the most spectacular in Tanzania and is a wonderful place to sip a cocktail whilst relaxing after a hard day’s game viewing – or some serious water colour painting!
Times to Go
You can visit here any time of the year, but April and May bring the long rains, and roughly mid-November is the time of the short rains.
Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge highlights
- Extraordinary views of Lake Manyara and the Great Rift Valley
- Comfortable mid-range safari lodge
- Good base for Manyara safaris
- Brilliant birding
- Fantastic range of activities
- Excellent for children and families
Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge location
Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
- 67 en-suite rooms
- Open all year
- Children of all ages are welcome
- Disabled rooms available
- Board games and child facilities
- Safari boutique
- DSTV room
- Nurse on call 24 hours a day
- Swimming pool
- (All optional)
- Game drives in Manyara and Tarangire
- Night game drives
- Lunch or dinner barbecue or sundowner at Lake View Point
- Guided nature walks with resident naturalist
- Cultural visits
- Cycling safaris
- Traditional instrument lessons
- Swahili language lessons
- Spa treatments
- Cooking lessons
- Canoeing at Lake Manyara
- Water colour painting
- Treetop walkway
Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge rooms
Standard lodge rooms
The 66 en-suite rooms are circular, made from local rock with thatch roofs, and are designed to look like a traditional rondavel. Each rondavel houses 4 rooms, 2 up and 2 down. The standard rooms include a king size bed or two large singles, and 15 of the rooms are triples. Linen is crisp and white and finished with African colours. The floors have cooling red terracotta-style concrete, and a large glass sliding door leads to a private veranda where you can enjoy the peace and quiet overlooking the unique and stunning Rift Valley. The en-suite bathrooms include walk-in shower and flush toilet. A number of the rooms are inter-connecting, so ideal for families, and two rooms are suitable for disabled guests.
Twiga the giraffe likes this because…
“Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge offers subsidised medical care to the local community and runs an out-reach programme for local orphanages. It also offers a number of jobs to the local community and training and work experience for school leavers. The lodge also strives to keep its ecological footprint as small as possible and has a rigorous system of waste recycling.”
And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.
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Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.