Your guide will collect you in the morning for the journey to Lake Manyara. The drive takes you away from craggy Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest mountain – through working farms and fragrant coffee plantations until the landscape opens out into grand Great Rift Valley scenery.
Arriving at Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge in time for a delightful lunch on the terrace, you drink in the view of the lake shimmering in the distance below you.
Lake Manyara National Park is dominated by the lake and the incredible variety of bird life that it supports - huge flocks of flamingos congregate here to feed and turn the shores pink with their plumage. However, there is a multitude of other fascinating species to encounter and the bird list here is impressive: black herons, glossy ibises and Baglafecht weavers. Open plains fringe the lake, leading to forested woodlands along the edge of the escarpment: these are habitats that support a healthy population of grazers and predators, most notably the famed tree-climbing lions of this region.
After settling in to your suite and taking a dip in the infinity-edge pool overlooking the lake, it is time for your afternoon game drive. Traversing the open plains filled with buffalo and zebra, you venture into the woodlands to seek out the elephants that move like silent ghosts through the trees. While monkeys chatter and shriek overhead, the grey behemoths slip in and out of view before melting away into the forest, leaving you breathless with excitement.
Stopping for a sundowner as the sky begins to glow in otherworldly hues, you stretch your limbs and breathe in the ancient air of Africa. With an ice-cold drink from your guide’s hamper in your hand, you toast this magical moment, your first sunset in this untamed wilderness. Driving back to the lodge, your guide uses a spotlight to look for nocturnal animals as they emerge into the night. You breathlessly keep your eyes peeled for genets, civets, hyena and porcupines as their eyes glitter in the darkness.