Lake Manyara Serena Lodge (Tanzania)
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 tranquillity, 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 neighbouring 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 coloured wall frescoes depict the colourful intricacy of bird migratory patterns.
Swimming pool and pool deck
A selection of ensuite rooms and suites
Bush dinner site within the grounds
Wedding planning and honeymoon venue
Gift shop, business centre, WiFi
Extensive selection of sports and activities
Central dining room and bar
Outside dining terrace
Poolside bar
Game drives daily
Tented conference room
Satellite TV room
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.
Standard Room:
Laundry, valet and shoeshine services
Mineral water and toiletries
Snacks and drinks room service
Safes (available from reception)
Children's meals, beds, babysitting
Bathrobe and slippers
Telephone and WiFi
Hairdryers in the room
24-hour medical service
Dinning Choices
The spacious dining room features an interior bar area, a central buffet and both inside and outside seating. Presented in typical Maasai style, it features the use of swirling primary colours on textured white walls, which are embellished with traditional Masai beadwork, gourds and leatherwork.
Breakfast and lunch: Breakfast and lunch are presented in buffet-style and feature a wide range of international choices. In typical safari style, we offer a "full English Breakfast" as well as European options while our lunch menus will typically include meat, poultry, fish and vegetarian options.
Dinner: Our table d'hote dinner menus feature a salad buffet, soup, entree, pudding, cheese and biscuits and tea or coffee. Vegetarian options are always available. The majority of our meat and dairy products, as well as our fruits and vegetables are sourced from the communities that surround the reserve.
Wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks: Our wine list offers a broad selection of old- and new-world wines, and local and imported beers and spirits. We also offer a wide range of soft drinks including an array of freshly-made local fruit juices. We serve only the finest Tanzanian coffee and tea; we also offer a wide range of fruit and herbal infusions.
Bush dining: We are expert in arranging breakfasts, lunches, dinners and cocktails in the bush. We have a number of dedicated sites, which are typically presented with tables, safari chairs, "bush bar" and a "bush kitchen", where a broad range of meats, poultry, fish and vegetables are cooked on-site (supplemented by fresh soups, salads and puddings from our hotel kitchens). In the evenings, "sun-downer" cocktails are traditionally served around a campfire and can be followed by a lamp-lit "bush dinner".
Special events: The Lodge also features an outside dining area, which is reached by a lantern-lit pathway along the cliff's edge. Here, in a grassy clearing overlooking the lake, atmospheric evening cocktails and outdoor BBQs are held and the area can also be hired for private parties. This is also the venue for displays of cultural dance and music, which are usually held after supper. Private "sundowners" can also be arranged in an area to the rear of the lodge, where a private bar, campfire, and lamps can be located.
Family Time
We appreciate the importance of quality family time. We are also committed to ensuring that you can relax, secure in the knowledge that your children are having as great a holiday as you are. With this in mind we offer a wide range of family-friendly accommodation options; children's dining; baby-sitting, and plenty of adventure, sports and educational entertainment for children of all ages.
Family accommodation: We can arrange for adjoining rooms for the accommodation of families. We can also offer triple rooms or additional beds. Cots and baby-sitting services can be provided (prior notice appreciated).
Children's meals: All our meals are generous buffet-styled presentations, with something to suit absolutely everyone. High-chairs can be provided, as can baby-friendly food. We are also delighted to offer slightly earlier children's meals (as early as 12 noon and 6.30 pm) - tailored to suit your children.
Children's entertainment: The lodge offers its own swimming pool (supervised by a qualified life-guard but not suited to small children other than under parental supervision). We also offer a wide selection of board-games and books on Africa and the wilderness. Our professional nature guides also offer nightly talks and video presentations on wildlife.
Weddings and Honeymoons
We have extensive experience in planning and staging a wide variety of weddings and receptions, we can also take care of all the necessary formalities; from provision of registrar and certificates to working with you to determine the type of cake, reception and entertainment you would like.
We also offer some unique family and friends accommodation packages, ‘his and hers' pre-wedding preparation options, and a choice of honeymoon options.
Gorgeously situated on a cliff top overlooking Lake Manyara, the Serena lodge offers a unique photographic backdrop and numerous panoramic sites in which the actual ceremony can be enacted. We also have a wedding planning team, who will be pleased to advise you on the many choices open to you.
Lake Manyara Serena Lodge