Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge, Lake Manyara

Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge is located at the edge of the Mto WA Mbu escarpment, overlooking the Great Rift Valley and the stunning Manyara soda lake. The views of the lake from this escarpment are simply breathtaking. Lake Manyara National Park is only 15 minutes drive down the escarpment. The Park has long been known for its tree-climbing lions and the large elephant population, while ornithologists from around the world come to observe the masses of pink flamingos and great birds of prey around the lake which can also be seen from the lodge and its rooms.

Lake Manyara Serena LodgeLake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge is built in a traditional African architectural style, with graceful domed ceilings, swooping curves, geometric patterns and circular buildings that look like large African huts. Colorful murals adorn the walls. 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 is 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.

Sunset is best viewed while downing a sundowner at the superbly located poolside, a welcome facility for those who want to cool off in the scorching afternoon heat. Meals at the lodge are eclectic and of a high standard, full English breakfasts are a Serena specialty. The full-service lounge and bar serves fresh fruit juices, soft drinks, tea and coffee, cocktails, wines, spirits and liqueurs.

Lake Manyara Serena Lodge bedroomEach of the Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge’s 67 comfortable guest rooms, with en-suite bathroom facilities, has a private balcony with panoramic views of the Great Rift Valley and of Lake Manyara. Designed to reflect the brilliance of Lake Manyara’s unique birdlife, the vibrantly hued wall frescoes depict the colorful intricacy of bird migratory patterns.  The views from the simply yet elegantly decorated bedrooms are terrific, especially at sunrise.