Serena Lake Manyara Safari Lodge is located on the rim overlooking Lake Manyara and the park and is about 10-15 minutes from the entrance to the park. We stayed here on Christmas night, 2012. It is a larger accommodation than we generally like to stay at when visiting Africa, with about 67 rooms vs 6-7. The rooms are large, with 4 rooms per 'rondoval'. The beds are comfortable and all have a balcony/patio with a view. There is no air conditioning, but there is a fan. Our room had a view of the pool (and Lake Manyara). As a Christmas gift, a plate of cookies was brought to our room and there was a manager's reception with music, drinks and appetizers before dinner. The pool area was a bit loud on Christmas with music and 'drinking' contest, but quieted down around 11 pm. The meals are all buffet with a variety of cheeses, fruits, vegetables/salads, meats, pasta, Indian food, breads and desserts. Lunch did not excite us (maybe it was the jet lag), and when we were asked to complete a survey, the manager came to ask what was wrong and what they could do differently. The pancakes (crepes) at breakfast were delicious. Christmas dinner was part buffet, part made-to-order and was good. The dinner menu included Norwegian salmon with avocado, pumpkin soup, beef 'tenderloin' with steamed veggies and potato and an assortment of desserts. The house wine was not very good, but the only other wine was by the bottle (and not cheap compared to other places we've stayed in Africa - around $30). There are few options at Lake Manyara so I would stay here again, but prefer smaller/boutique lodging in general.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Taking as its muse the glorious bird life of the fabulously soda-encrusted and pink flamingo-fringed...Lake Manyara, the swooping curves of this elegantly evocative lodge defy description. As do the soaring views over the Great Rift Valley, the rose-gold sunsets over the Mto Wa Mbu escarpment and the utterly unique tree climbing Lake Manyara lions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lake Manyara Serena Hotel Lake Manyara National Park