Lake Manyara National Park camps - Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

Lake Manyara Serena is a comfortable, but rather unexciting hotel, but it does have one of the country's best swimming pools. There are also possibly the best views of Lake Manyara and easy access to the park for game drives.

Lake Manyara Serena is a fair quality hotel within easy reach of Arusha and very close to Lake Manyara National Park. It sits on the top of the Rift Valley escarpment overlooking the northern end of Lake Manyara.

Like all the Serena Hotels this place is more dependable than exciting, with extremely nice staff and good quality of service. Rooms are comfortable and clean and food is of good quality. Serena Lodge isn't, and doesn't pretend to be, a small bush camp so it slightly lacks the atmosphere and intimacy that you'd get in many of the smaller camps in Tanzania. It's also not as luxurious as somewhere like Lake Manyara Tree Lodge.

If you prefer smaller camps then Gibb's Farm and Plantation Lodge in Karatu are probably a better bet. However, there are a couple of things about Lake Manyara Serena Lodge that are outstanding. The first is the stupendous view of Lake Manyara itself. You are literally right on the edge of the escarpment and below you the ground falls away over 1000ft to the bottom of the rift valley floor. Add to that the second thing, which is the swimming pool at Serena Lodge, right on the edge of the rift and you can see that there aren't many better places to while away an afternoon, particularly if you have children with you.

price includes accommodation, food, drinks, laundry, activities and excludes transfers.

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