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Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

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.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 511 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hello Lisa. We came back from our trip two weeks ago now so I am sending this email much later than I wanted to. Nevertheless, what I wanted to say was thank you very much for helping us organise an amazing trip. Our days in Mafia Island to celebrate my 50th birthday were exactly what I wanted them to be: a fantastic time with the family doing activities that we all love and enjoy in a relaxing, unusual, beautiful place full of sun, surrounded by water, wildlife and friendly people. We swam with whale sharks, did a lot of snorkeling, had two picnics on a beautiful sand bank, watched the sunset over the sea, did a bird watching excursion and tried scuba diving.
    All merit to you because Pole Pole in Mafia Island was your recommendation. I never heard of Mafia Island before and didn't consider Tanzania to start with. It was an amazing place to stay: friendly, relaxed, beautiful, comfortable, with great food and fantastic service. Thanks not only for finding the place but also for your patience as we prepared the trip and I explored options and decided what I wanted. All went incredibly well (places, transfers, flights) and we had a very memorable time together that we will all remember forever - as we still do the safari trip to South Africa you organised for us 5 years ago.
    I cannot wait to plan another trip! I am already thinking about where and when. Hopefully no pandemic will get in the way this time. And I will come to you as my favourite travel agent.
    I copy in this message the Tourdust office because I want them to know how good you are and how much I appreciated the different trips you organised for us (including the trip to India for my parents that was cancelled due to Covid). I cannot thank you enough :o)
    Kind regards, Carol

    MissingCarolina O reviewing Relaxed Bush & Beach Family Holiday in Tanzania on 25 November 2022

  • Hi Lisa
    It was a fantastic experience, thanks very much. All the arrangements were seamless and our guiding/support team were excellent, if there is a way for you to formally commend the team to your ground operators then I would be grateful if you could do that, they really were brilliant.
    Many thanks for your help in arranging the trip, and for your patience during the multiple re-arrangements over the past couple of years.
    Kind regards, John

    MissingJohn B reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 14 November 2022

  • Can't praise tour dust enough, they helped us to create a holiday of a lifetime that has given us family memories we will treasure forever. From start to finish the whole experience was exactly what we wanted and more. Due to covid we waited 2 and a half years for this trip but worth the wait.
    Carly

    MissingCarly R reviewing Value KwaZulu-Natal Safari and Mauritius on 07 November 2022

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