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Lake Manyara Serena Lodge
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

This is a typical Serena lodge with two-story "huts" along winding paths. The rooms are comfortable and the bathrooms are well-appointed. The public areas are nicely done with sitting areas, a bar and the restaurant. The food is good and served buffet-style, except for the entrees, which are ordered off a menu. The desserts and breads here were better than at any of the other three Serena Lodges we stayed at on this trip. Take time to stroll the beautiful grounds and watch out for the monkeys, which will eat anything not nailed down. There is loud, local entertainment each evening until about 9 pm, so ask for a room further away from the lounge if you want a quieter experience. The lodge is located on a ridge high above the lake so don't expect to see any big animals from your room - they're just too far away.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

This was our second stop on safari and, having just left a tented camp, it was a different experience entirely. The first impression was from the rooms. Huge and extremely comfortable beds, completely surrounded by a mosquito net, wonderful view from the window and a little garden terrace which was constantly busy with little birds. We arrived on our first day in time for lunch, which was buffet style and with a huge and excellent choice. Dinner on both nights was similar It was quite a busy place but they coped really well with the numbers. We also had a boxed picnic lunch on the following two days and these were very good too - much better than some we had later on at another camp.
The infinity pool overlooking the lake and park was wonderful. We didn't watch the entertainment so can't comment on that.
The rooms were in groups of 4 set in round cottages and the only problem for us was that we were in room 4 which was the furthest one from the reception and restaurant, but we did have someone to walk us back to the room at night with a torch. We had a leak in our room which was fixed as soon as we mentioned it and the service in general was very good and, as everywhere in Tanzania, so friendly.
The only downside was the décor of the public rooms which, although very bright and colourful, was a bit twee and overthemed. But it was great to sleep in a proper room having had two nights in a tent. Also a great location to get to the entrance to the park, which was only just down the road.

Room Tip: If you don't want a long walk when you forget something in your room, ask for the higher numbers...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 3, 2013 via mobile

We had a enjoyable one night stop at this lodge. Very quiet rooms with great views over the lake. Our guide Benson from Ketas Safaris made sure we saw just about every animals and bird at the park. This is a park you need a guide with plenty of knowledge on all animals and birds, and Benson did, which made our trip one to remember. Would certainly visit there again.

Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

A magically lit camp at night, the 2 story concrete huts are very comfortable. Good hot showers and wifi in the rooms. Meals were good, offering both buffets and a la carte dinner options. Evening entertainment by the pool at sunset was enjoyable. We arrived too late to enjoy the pool so would have liked another night here. Lake Manyara Park was smaller than many of the others we had seen, but we still saw a lot of wildlife. Leaving here at noon made for a very long drive to the Serengeti.

Room Tip: Ask for one with a view over the escarpment. Breathtaking!
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

As part of a group tour (with no control over the accommodation bookings), this placed served well. The meals were pleasant and there was variety of food to suits all tastes. The logistics of about 40+of us arriving and leaving and requiring meals simultaneously was handled well. The pool was a pleasant oasis in the middle of a hot day after a game drive and we were there in the spring! Staff were pleasant and attentive. The decor of the room we stayed in was probably a little tired and but everything worked, it was comfortable and we knew we were here, not for the hotel experience but to be out on game safaris. We saw a lot of wildlife on our game drive here but saw more in the Ngorogoro Crater and more still in the Masaii Mara area. If we had been to the other locations first, this may have been a disappointment, but the way our trips was organised, our game drives just became more and more exciting. The benefit of this place was the proximity to the game reserve. Very little driving and we were there seeing animals, already.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

We had a pleasant stay here and found no faults. Have a nice swimming pool overlooking Lake Manyara. Unfortunately it wasn't warm enough to go swimming. Entertainment by the pool before dinner. Food was excellent and staff was very efficient. Free wifi which worked well in the room. It was nice place to relax after a few days in the Serengeti and Maasai Mara.
Lake Manyara had little wildlife so we found 1 game drive in the morning was sufficient so spent a pleasant afternoon relaxing at the lodge.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

Strange hotel layout, two storeys in mass concrete and rambling around a hillside. It has a pool, which is a relief during the heat of the day (game drives are only worth doing at sunrise or sunset) and rock hyrax everywhere about, plus great lizards of exotic colours keep the insects down too.

The place to stay for seeing Lake Manyara reserve - usual buffer style food and not a zebra steak in sight.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Lake Manyara National Park
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Ranked #1 of 43 Specialty Lodging in Lake Manyara National Park
Price Range: $264 - $575 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Lake Manyara Serena Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 54
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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