Situated on the edge of the Mto Wa Mbu escarpment and offering panoramic views of Lake Manyara, Lake Manyara Serena is an authentic African-styled safari lodge. Ideal for families who want to enjoy both the wildlife and the tranquillity of the region, Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge offers a truly magnificent safari escape in traditional ‘rondavel’ cottages perched along the edge of the cliff. The area is home to a variety of wildlife, most notable of which are the famed tree-climbing lions, as well as an astounding variety of bird species. Head out on game drives with your trained guide to experience this wilderness.

Forest walks, mountain biking and canoeing will keep the more adventurous busy while a visit to the local village will intrigue those interested in culture. After walking through the village and meeting the locals, you'll stop at a clearing amongst the banana plantations for a delicious lunch. The lodge can accommodate children of all ages and offers board games, sports and educational activities, as well as game drives, to ensure the whole family is entertained. You can also request a baby sitter at any time of day if you feel like enjoying quiet time or a romantic dinner in the bush.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Condé Nast Traveler - #28 in Top 30 Resorts in Africa: Reader's Choice Awards 2015


  • On a cliff overlooking Lake Manyara
  • Well equipped African-style lodge
  • Village walks & traditional dances
  • Family rooms & babysitting on request
  • Canoeing & mountain biking available

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The rim-flow swimming pool offers an incredible spot from which to view the lake and, of course, the best place to escape the warm African sun.

Lounge on the pool deck afterward with a drink or some snacks from the pool bar. The restaurant has a bar and outside terrace that overlooks the pool.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Babysitting service available
    Beauty or wellness therapist
    Computer facilities
    Laundry service
    Wi-fi available


The restaurant at Lake Manyara is comfortable, yet elegant. The décor has a strong reference to the Maasai culture and features detailed beadwork, gourds and leatherwork. Dine on delicious, hearty meals three times a day, enjoyed in the dining area or on the terrace. Breakfast and lunch consist of extensive buffets with a wide variety of meat and vegetarian options, while dinner takes a table d'hôte style accompanied with a salad buffet. The majority of the meat, dairy products, and fruits and vegetables are sourced from the communities surrounding the reserve. Complement your meal with a glass of wine from the extensive wine list or with local and imported beers.

You can also enjoy freshly-made local fruit juices and the finest Tanzanian coffee and tea. For a special experience, you can choose to enjoy a memorable bush meal at one of the dedicated sites on the grounds - enjoy the beautiful surroundings while tucking into yet another delicious meal. Children of all ages are catered for at Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge, with special children meals and baby food. Early lunches and dinners can be arranged to accommodate their routine.

Standard Chalet

Strung out along the edge of the escarpment and enjoying beautiful views of the tranquil surroundings, the traditional double-storey 'rondavels' are circular in shape, have thatched roofs and house two en suite rooms each - one upstairs and one downstairs. Each room has either a veranda or balcony. The decor of the rooms reflects traditional Maasai style, with hand-woven rugs behind the head board and furnishings that incorporate traditional beadwork. All rooms have Wi-Fi and comfortable en suite bathrooms with separate showers. The rooms are spacious enough to accommodate families with the option to add extra beds or a cot should it be required. For added convenience, adjoining rooms are available.

Standard Chalet AMENITIES

    Safe in room
    En-suite shower only
    Mosquito net
    Wi-fi available in room

Other Room Types

The Losimingori Suite is situated a little way from the other rooms, offering complete privacy and a private entrance. This exclusive suite offers views that stretch to Losimingori Mountain and is elegantly appointed for the more discerning traveller.

The room boasts a king-sized bed, dressing area and beautifully furnished sitting room, as well as an en suite bathroom. In addition, there is also a fully-stocked mini-bar, television, a spread of fruit and wine on arrival, and a spacious balcony from which to enjoy your panoramic views.


  • Biking
  • Bird watching
  • Boat excursions
  • Canoeing
  • Day tours
  • Night drives
  • Cultural tours
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Cooking lessons
  • Jogging trails
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Jun 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 $330 Full Board
  • 01 Nov 2017 - 21 Dec 2017 $220 Full Board
  • 22 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $330 Full Board
  • 01 Jan 2018 - 28 Feb 2018 $330 Full Board
  • 01 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018 $220 Full Board
  • 01 Apr 2018 - 31 May 2018 $150 Full Board
  • 01 Jun 2018 - 31 Oct 2018 $330 Full Board
  • 01 Nov 2018 - 21 Dec 2018 $220 Full Board
  • 22 Dec 2018 - 31 Dec 2018 $330 Full Board

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • Lake Manyara Serena - gorgeous location, rooms, setting! Great entertainment by the pool before dinner, and at dinner when we asked if there was any local cuisine our waiter brought the chef to speak with us and he cooked us an amazing green banana stew with sides - fantastic!! Only disappointment was that due to our arrival time (around 6pm) and leaving the next day, we didn't get time to go in the swimming pool (as it closed at the time we arrived). The pool has such a gorgeous view we really wanted to have a swim and were disappointed that we didn't get the opportunity.

    Danielle Heidtman, October 2013
  • Lake Manyara Serena Lodge – After Arusha Coffee Lodge we were picked up to go to another Safari in Lake Manyara, which was another awesome experience. Then we had lunch at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge. The food was pretty good and the view was amazing! Definitely some awesome photo ops! The property was really nice as well. But again that view!

    Dianne Gali, May 2013
  • Lodges were excellent and the choice and quality of food was almost too good!

    Linden Robinson, June 2012
  • Then onto Lake Manyara - Serena on the side of the Rift Escarpment and overlooking the lake and the National Park. Afternoon game drive partly in different vegetation found some different animals and those we knew in a different environment not that you could get sick of them anyway - at least I don't think I could. Night drive that night. Brilliant with an armed Park ranger just incase. Was a different way to see wildlife and how they are after dark. Just going ou in the open jeep was an experience. Don't kow how spotter found what he did - but was all good and we enjoyed our last night on safari by finishing with that.

    Neil Burnell, April 2012
  • Lake Manyara Serena was fantastic, not brand new, but that added to the character. The rooms were spacious and clean and well set out. The restaurant was super as was the food and the pool setting and the views over the Rift valley were magnificent. The staff were really friendly and very professional.

    Neil Colbourne, April 2012
  • Lake Manyara Serena Lodge - Amazing... loved it! Great service and staff!

    Jainey Henry, January 2012
  • The welcome from Felix at Lake Manyara was a lovely touch - a warm and friendly man who showed us personally to the Suite and made us welcome at every meal. The staff were very attentive. What amazing views and an indescribably beautiful pool.

    Anthony Williams, September 2010
  • We also loved the accomodations. They were beautiful, both the lodges themselves and the locations. Thank you for all your assistance in putting our Eastern African safari together. You did an excellent job of planning a spectacular itinerary. Someone told me "Africa gets in your blood", and its true. I hope to return again someday.

    Kathleen Dianne Speaks, September 2010
  • Lake Manyara was wonderful - a lovely start to safari - and nice accommodation, especially the pool with one of the most incredible views I've ever seen.

    Kurt Jeston, February 2008

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Maureen Stover

Maureen Stover

Africa Safari Expert

"The infinity pool and cocktail bar offer some of the best views of Lake Manyara & the Great Rift Valley. Pre-dinner cocktails & watching the sun-set was the perfect end to our day."



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Lake Manyara Serena Lodge - Amazing... loved it! Great service and staff!

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