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Lake Manyara Serena


Standing high on the edge of a towering terracotta escarpment with panoramic views over the glittering alkaline waters of Lake Manyara, Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of tranquility, wildlife discovery, and ornithological richness. The unprecedented range of high-adventure sports, meanwhile, include mountain biking, canoeing and forest walks, while cultural choices include tours of the neighboring villages and dance displays by the local Iraqw and sukuma people.  

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. Dotted around the grounds, all with views over the lake, are a series of circular two-story ‘rondavels', which house the rooms.  

Designed to reflect the brilliance of Lake Manyara's unique birdlife, 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.

The Lodge is in Mto wa Mbu, Northern Tanzania, 130 kilometers from Arusha.

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Room Information

The rooms are housed in circular, double-story, whitewashed ‘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 beadwork.
All rooms include the following amenities:
  • Telephone and Wi-Fi
  • Laundry, valet and shoeshine services
  • Mineral water and toiletries
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Snacks and drinks room service
  • Hairdryers in the room
  • Safes (available from reception)
  • 24-hour medical service
  • Children's meals, beds, babysitting

The Suite
Overlooking Lake Manyara, with views to Losimingori Mountain, the Losimingori Suite is presented in sky blue and dusky pink, which echo the colors of the lake below. Secluded, exclusive, spacious and elegantly presented, it offers a degree of luxury and sophistication rarely found on safari. 
The spacious bedroom is luxuriously appointed with a king-sized double bed with walk-in mosquito net, sumptuous furnishings, dressing area and marble en suite bathroom. The elegantly appointed sitting room: enjoys panoramic views and is tastefully and relaxingly furnished while offering: a fully stocked mini-bar, digital multi-channel TV and direct dial telephone. The room also features a generous balcony overlooking the vanishing horizon pool. 24-hour room service is available and fruit and wine will be laid out to welcome our guests. The suite is set slightly apart from the rest of the rooms and enjoys its own private access.
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Things To Do

The Lodge stands on the 900-metre high Mto wa Mbu escarpment of Northern Tanzania. 130 kilometers from Arusha, it is immediately adjacent to the colorful market town of Mto wa Mbu (Mosquito Creek) where several tribes converge to form a linguistic mix that is one of the richest in Africa.

The Mgubwe, Sukumu, Iraqw, Gorowa, Irangi, Tatoga, Chagga and Maasai have used Mto wa Mbu as a trading post for centuries and it is the only place on the continent where you can hear the four major African language groups, Bantu, Khoisan, Cushitic and Nilotic spoken in the same area.  

Lake Manyara National Park: Lying in a shallow depression at the base of the western wall of the eastern arm of the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara typically shimmers in a lilac and gold heat  haze, sometimes streaked pink with thousands of flamingos. Backed by a narrow band of forest, it rises to the dramatically sheer red and brown cliffs of the Mto wa Mbu Escarpment. The Park includes not only a substantial portion of the lake and its shores but also large areas of ground-water forest with giant fig and mahogany trees alternating with acacia woodland and open. The name is derived from the Maasai word for the Euphorbia tirucalli bush, which the tribesmen plant as a living stockade to keep their cattle from straying.  

Safari: East Africa is the uncontested ‘Safari Capital of the World', and has been since the 1900's when royalty, aristocracy, politicians and movie stars flocked here to hunt the ‘Big Five' (lion, rhino, buffalo, elephant and leopard). The word ‘Safari' actually means ‘to travel' and can refer to any journey or trip.
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Price Guide

$ = Up to $100
$$ = $100 to $199
$$$ = $200 to $349
$$$$ = $350 to $599
$$$$$ = $600 +


Price per person, per night.