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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 517 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Yes everything went incredibly smoothly , excellent guide and set up u have . I might need a new pair of calves though !!! Thanks for sorting ALL the changes out. Regards Charlie

    Missingcharles b reviewing 6 Day Toubkal Circuit on 03 May 2023

  • Hi Lisa, We had a fabulous time thank you. The accommodation and other ideation were all terrific - that’s so much for your help. The apartment in Cape Town was particularly good - we would never have found that: Boschendal was great as well and game lodge was superb. Thanks again, Alistair

    MissingAlistair A reviewing Cape Town, Garden Route and Kruger on 28 April 2023

  • Dear Lisa
    Well, we are back and still buzzing. We have had a marvellous time. The weather helped. We left Manchester in the snow and arrived in Marrakesh at 30 degrees. We were well looked after in the Riad. I'm glad we booked a meal for the first evening - ate it on the roof terrace. We can recommend that. It was delicious. We ate at the Foundouk, as per your recommendation and on the following night we ate at Le Jardin - got lost on the way to it!. We can really recommend Le Jardin.
    The following day we went to Majorelle gardens. Fortunately we had looked it up before we travelled because you have to book in advance online only from Jan 2023. We found our own way to the Medera Ben Yousef and Latifa took us to Bahia Palace - both were stunning.
    The following morning our lovely taxi driver Mohammond collected us to go to the EcoLodge. Yet another Mohammond made us very welcome. Again we ate well! You were right, the pool was freezing, but I can't sit next to water and not get in. Once you're in you forget how cold it is! I wasn't the only person to try the pool.
    Rashid, our guide for our walk collected us. He was brilliant. It was hard work, but worth it. I was determined I would make it. Kevin is fitter than me! The Berber family were lovely. We stopped when we were nearly there to see how rag rugs were made. When we got back Rashid and Mohammond confessed that Mohammond had said to Rashid that he should get us to a road if we got too tired and they would send a taxi (or a mule!) to collect us - or me, but Rashid was sure that I'd be OK. He was right. I think they wondered about these 2 70+ year olds. We can't praise Rashid enough. He had walked over from Imlil in the morning and was going to walk back after he left us.
    Thank you so much for putting our holiday together. We never thought it would be 3 years before we went. We are so glad we persevered. We did wonder what we had let ourselves in for as 2 oldies!
    Fiona and Kevin

    MissingFiona B reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 21 April 2023

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