Serena Lodge at Lake Manyara stands strong and mighty, reflecting pensively off the glassy water’s face. Here, one may stare at the volcano-studded landscape of the Great Rift Valley and drift off in reveries of all shades and flavors, as the vast expanse of earth envelopes you. The 67 rooms and suites depict the bird migratory patterns on their walls, and share the lively colors of the Maasai people. Dining can be taken outdoors, so that Lake Manyara, its birds, and its skies may sit down to a meal with guests. As the headquarters of the Serena Active Programme, the lodge is host to a fleet of adventures including bicycle tours, canoe safaris, and village walking trips.
Standing high on the bluff of a dramatic ochre and terracotta streaked cliff above the flamingo-frosted expanse of Lake Manyara’s gleaming alkaline waters, the Lodge commands panoramic views across the volcano-studded floor of the Great Rift Valley. Designed to reflect the brilliance of Lake Manyara’s unique birdlife, the Lodge draws on an inspirational architectural motif that melds swooping avian curves with the gentle concentric patterns of traditional Maasai ‘Bomas’ (encampments) whilst the vibrantly coloured frescoes lining the walls are designed to depict the colourful intricacy of bird migratory patterns. The ambiance of the Lodge is a fusion of lakeside tranquillity, towering volcanic splendour and adventure-packed sporting activity.
The circular, closely-thatched rooms echo the traditional Maasai 'Boma' style of construction whilst featuring a vibrant interior design concept that reflects the Maasai people's abiding love of brilliant scarlet-and-indigo checked 'Shukas' (cloaks) and bright yellow, white, blue and orange beadwork. Each room has a private veranda and breathtaking views of the shimmering reaches of the flamingo-frosted Lake. There are 67 guest rooms in total, with 1 Executive Suite, 41 twin rooms, 12 triple rooms, and 13 single rooms.
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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.
The word ‘Safari’ means ‘journey’ in Kiswahili but since the days of the legendary ‘White Hunters’ a ‘Safari’ has evolved to mean a spectacular bush adventure that takes in sightings of a glorious selection of game, flora, fauna and bird life whilst delivering awe inspiring scenery, show-stopping views and wildlife encounters of the most exciting kind. The Park is famous for its spectacular tree-climbing lions, whose unusual behaviour is thought to be due to a combination of factors including a need to avoid dense undergrowth, the search for shade, and to escape the torment of biting flies.
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