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 safari opportunities, peace and tranquility, wildlife discovery, and ornithological richness. 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 of Lake Manyara National Park 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.
The luxury Lake Manyara accommodation in the lodge includes a choice of 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.
Overlooking Lake Manyara, with views to Losimingori Mountain, the Losimingori Suite is presented in sky blue and dusky pink, which echo the colours of the lake below. Secluded, exclusive, spacious and elegantly presented, it offers a degree of luxury and sophistication rarely found on a safari holiday. The spacious bedroom is luxuriously appointed with a king-sized double bed with walk-in mosquito net, sumptuous furnishings, dressing area and marble ensuite bathroom. The elegantly appointed sitting room: enjoys panoramic views and is tastefully and relaxingly furnished while offering: a fully stocked mini-bar, digital multi-channel TV and direct dial telephone. The room also features a generous balcony overlooking the vanishing horizon pool. 24-hour room service is available and fruit and wine will be laid out to welcome the guests. The suite is set slightly apart from the rest of the rooms and enjoys its own private access.
Perched high above the Lake with endless views over the floor of the Great Rift Valley, the circular dining room and bright murals of the open-air bar area feature fabulous avian-inspired frescoes, colourful Maasai artefacts and a unique domed basketwork ceiling hung with carved gourds and nest-shaped lanterns. Enjoy an imaginative range of lake breakfasts, barbecue lunches, bush dinners and atmospheric sundowners.
Activities include a daily selection of morning and afternoon game drives around the Lake, canoeing safaris on the tranquil and beautiful waters of the Lake, boating trips around the Lake and its ecosystem, visits to the villages of the Mbu Cultural Tourism Programme offering village walks (with lunch), bicycle tours and boating trips, high-action mountain biking around the Park and adjacent landscapes, day trips to nearby Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park, morning bird walks, wildlife talks, audio-visual presentations and talks on the heritage and traditions of the local tribes, water colour painting, and recurve target archery.