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Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

Our rating

7/10

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Highlights

- 67 rooms, fabulous pool
- Forest hikes, game drives
- Cycling & canoeing

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Overview

Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge is a large property perched high on a clifftop in Mto wa Mbu, Northern Tanzania. The property offers unpretentious accommodation with fabulous views of Lake Manyara National Park and access to a rich abundance of wildlife, adventure activities, and cultural experience in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The lodge is accessible by road or by plane to the adjacent air strip.

With room for up to 147 guests, the lodge’s spacious reception and main areas have a traditional African feel. There’s a large lounge and separate dining room along with bar, tented conference room, computer room, satellite TV room and gift shop. WiFi is available in the main areas. The outdoor dining terrace is charming, albeit rather small, and there is a self-service tea and coffee area. The large infinity pool, with its own bar, expansive decking and lovely panoramic views, is a winning feature. Bushbuck and dikdik graze in the shady gardens in the dry season and there’s also a small spa.

Activities include gentle nature walks, more strenuous forest hikes, bird watching excursions, game drives, cycling and canoeing. Visits to local villages are possible, along with day trips to Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater and, somewhat further afield, the Tarangire National Park. Cookery and music lessons, archery and water colour painting are also offered, along with talks on wildlife and local customs.

The accommodation comprises 67 simple but comfortable rooms of varying formations from standard doubles, to twins and triples, to 10 pairs of interconnecting rooms, perfect for groups and families. There is 1 presidential suite with a lounge, and 2 rooms for the less able-bodied. The rooms are pristine, if a little dated, with thick stone walls and thatched rooves, their best feature being the stunning views. Each room has an en-suite bathroom with shower and flushing toilet. An abundance of home comforts are provided such as hairdryers, minibars, complimentary toiletries and mosquito spray.

Children of all ages are welcome. Educational talks, babysitting and board games are available, along with a children’s menu, high chairs and cots. Note that the property is unfenced and the pool unguarded, so parents must supervise children at all times. The superb range of activities, coupled with the all the modern conveniences that the lodge offers, make this an excellent option for families.

What the property might lack in intimacy and authentic safari atmosphere, it makes up for with its friendly, attentive service. Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge offers comfortable, reasonably-priced accommodation, in a breath-taking cliff-top location.

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  • Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again

    MissingGodfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023

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