Standing high on the edge of a towering terracotta escarpment with panoramic views over the glittering alkaline waters of Lake Manyara, Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of tranquility, wildlife discovery, and ornithological richness. The unprecedented range of high-adventure sports, meanwhile, include mountain biking, canoeing and forest walks, while cultural choices include tours of the neighboring villages and dance displays by the local Iraqw and sukuma people.
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 lies 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-storey ‘rondavels’, which house the rooms.
Designed to reflect the brilliance of Lake Manyara’s unique birdlife, the architectural motif melds swooping avian curves with the gentle concentric patterns of traditional Maasai ‘Bomas’ , while the vibrantly colored wall frescoes depict the colorful intricacy of bird migratory patterns.
- A selection of ensuite rooms and suites
- Central dining room and bar
- Outside dining terrace
- Poolside bar
- Game drives daily
- Swimming pool and pool deck
- Bush dinner site within the grounds
- Tented conference room
- Wedding planning and honeymoon venue
- Gift shop, business centre, WiFi
- Satellite TV room
- Extensive selection of sports and activities
- Cultural dance and music
The rooms are housed in circular, double-storey, white-washed ‘rondavels’ (traditional circular buildings with conical thatched roofs), which are strung out along the edge of the cliff so as to allow for maximum views. Each spacious circular room has its own small veranda while the interior décor reflects the blue of the lake and the pink of its flamingos. Behind each bed hangs a spectacular hand-woven rug, while the furnishings and fittings reflect traditional Maasai beadwork.
Room facilities include:
- Telephone and WiFi
- Laundry, valet and shoeshine services
- Mineral water and toiletries
- Bathrobe and slippers
- Snacks and drinks room service
- Hairdryers in the room
- Safes (available from reception)
- 24-hour medical service
- Children’s meals, beds, babysitting