Lake Manyara Serena Lodge


It would be difficult to find a more dramatic setting than the Lake Manyara Serena Lodge. Situated at the edge of an escarpment, the lodge overlooks both the Great Rift Valley, which formed millions of years ago, and the beautiful soda lake of Manyara.


Grouped around a central ‘vanishing horizon' pool, this highly unusual lodge features a simple timbered reception area, built in traditional African style, which is accessed via a bridge over a small stream. Beyond reception, lies the central dining room, bar and veranda, below which lies the pool. Perched on the very edge of the cliffs, with stunning views over the lake is the pool bar and observation point.


Designed to reflect the brilliance of Lake Manyara's unique bird life, the architectural motif melds swooping avian curves with the gentle concentric patterns of traditional Maasai ‘Bomas' , while the vibrantly colored wall frescoes depict the colorful intricacy of bird migratory patterns.


Rooms at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge


The rooms are housed in circular, double-story, white-washed ‘rondavels' (traditional circular buildings with conical thatched roofs), which are strung out along the edge of the cliff so as to allow for maximum views.Each spacious circular room has its own small veranda while the interior décor reflects the blue of the lake and the pink of its flamingos. Behind each bed hangs a spectacular hand-woven rug, while the furnishings and fittings reflect traditional Maasai bead work. Each room offers wifi, bathrobe and slippers, laundry valet and room service.


Activities at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge


Lake Manyara Serena offers a wide variety of activities including daily selection of morning and afternoon game drives around the Lake , night game drives, canoeing safaris on the tranquil and beautiful waters of the lake, boating trips around the lake and its ecosystem, visits to the villages of the Mbu Cultural Tourism Programme offering village walks (with lunch), bicycle tours and boating trips, high-action mountain biking around the Park and adjacent landscapes, day trips to nearby Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park, morning bird walks, wildlife talks, audio-visual presentations and talks on the heritage and traditions of the local tribes.


Dining at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge


The spacious dining room features an interior bar area, a central buffet and both inside and outside seating. Presented in typical Maasai style, it features the use of swirling primary colors on textured white walls, which are embellished with traditional Masai bead work, gourds and leather work.


Breakfast and lunch are presented in buffet-style and feature a wide range of international choices. In typical safari style, a ‘full English Breakfast' is offered as well as European options while the lunch menus will typically include meat, poultry, fish and vegetarian options.


The table d'hôte dinner menus feature a salad buffet, soup, entrée, pudding, cheese and biscuits and tea or coffee. Vegetarian options are always available. The majority of the lodges meat and dairy products, as well as our fruits and vegetables are sourced from the communities that surround the reserve.


Lake Manyara Serena's wine list offers a broad selection of old- and new-world wines, and local and imported beers and spirits. Also on offer is a wide range of soft drinks including an array of freshly-made local fruit juices. Only the finest Tanzanian coffee and teas are served as well as a wide range of fruit and herbal infusions.


The Serena Lodge's staff are experts in arranging breakfasts, lunches, dinners and cocktails in the bush. There are a number of dedicated sites, which are typically presented with tables, safari chairs, ‘bush bar' and a ‘bush kitchen', where a broad range of meats, poultry, fish and vegetables are cooked on-site (supplemented by fresh soups, salads and puddings from the hotel kitchens). In the evenings, ‘sun-downer' cocktails are traditionally served around a campfire and can be followed by a lamp-lit ‘bush dinner'.


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