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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 501 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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