Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

This unique African-style lodge sits high on an escarpment in Mto wa Mbu, overlooking the shimmering waters of Lake Manyara. The main reception, dining and bar areas are built around a striking infinity pool, which looks straight out over the cliffs onto the Lake Manyara National Park below.

Guests are accommodated in 67 rooms housed within numerous double-storey rondavels,circular whitewashed stone buildings with thatched roofs, which are spread out across the ridge to maximise views. Each guest room is decorated with colourful Maasai motifs and hand-woven rugs, with small private verandas.

The proximity of Lake Manyara Serena Lodge to the lake allows guests to take boat trips or mountain biking tours to discover its rich ecosystem. The reserve surrounding the lake is home to a huge variety of birdlife as well as unique tree-climbing lions. Enjoy informative talks and presentations about local wildlife and tribes or maybe visit traditional villages in the vicinity of Mto wa Mbu. The lodge also offers watercolour painting and archery.

Camp Location

How to get to Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

Mto wa Mbu is approximately 130km or 2.5 hours by road from Arusha. Alternatively, guests can fly to an airstrip adjacent to Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge, where they are met and transferred on arrival.

Activities at Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

  • Day and night game drives
  • Boat trips on Lake Manyara
  • Mountain biking
  • Village walks
  • Onsite archery and watercolour painting

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge Highlights

  • An African-style lodge with unsurpassable views over Lake Manyara
  • All the facilities of a five-star hotel from an infinity pool to archery range
  • Close to traditional villages
  • Opportunities for forest walks and canoeing in the Lake Manyara National Park
  • Chance to participate in mountain biking

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Our Recommended

Luxury Accommodation in Lake Manyara

Below are some of our preferred tented camps and safari lodges in the Lake Manyara region. Please contact us to tailor accommodation options to suit the style of your trip and your budget.

Chem Chem Lodge

Set on a private wildlife concession between Tarangire and Lake Manyara national parks, Chem Chem Lodge comprises eight exquisite tented suites.

Kirurumu Manyara Lodge

Kirurumu Manyara Lodge features 27 tented guest rooms that are simple yet comfortable, and breathtaking views of Lake Manyara and the Great Rift Valley floor.

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

The only permanent luxury lodge in Lake Manyara National Park, Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is a collection of magnificent tree houses built on stilts nestled in ancient mahogany forest.



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Tanzania Overview

What is the best thing to do in Tanzania?
A wildlife safaris is an absolute must as Tanzania is one of Africa’s great wildlife destinations. Witnessing tens of thousands of wildebeest and zebra in the Serengeti is an unquestionable highlight, whilst the Ngorongoro Crater is one of the natural wonders of the world. A trek to the top of Africa’s highest peak – Mount Kilimanjaro – is a bucket-list experience for any adventure enthusiast.

What is the climate like in Tanzania?
Much of the Serengeti is over 5,000ft so temperatures vary between 22°- 29°C. It is generally sunny and windy, with rain falling between November and May as isolated showers. The low-lying Rift Valley is much hotter (30°-35°C), while the coast is hot and humid. The Ngorongoro Highlands can be cool to cold at night.

How do I get to Tanzania?
There are only two European airlines – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Turkish Airlines – that fly directly into the country. Otherwise, flying via the Kenyan capital of Nairobi (where far more major airlines fly to including British Airways and Air France) is another option. From here travellers can then fly to numerous airports in Tanzania.

For travellers coming from the United States at least one stop is required. The easiest airlines for connections are either with KLM or Qatar Airways via Doha. From Doha there are also direct flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

What can I combine Tanzania with?
Tanzania is often combined with other countries including neighbouring Kenya or either Uganda or Rwanda for a trek to see the gorillas. A few days on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar is a very popular way to end a Tanzanian safari.

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