Who doesn’t love hotels that are located amidst the nature offering stunning views and some much-needed rest and peace? And this exactly what I was looking forward to while planning my safari trip in Tanzania. When I put forward my requirements to Easy Travel and Tours, Tanzania while booking my trip, they provided me a package that included one night stay at luxury Serena Lodge (Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater respectively) and on my husband’s request they offered us other 2 nights camping in the wilderness of Serengeti National Park.
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Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
The Serena Lodge at Lake Manyara is located at Mto wa Mbu which is a mere 15 minutes drive from the Lake Manyara National Park. The lodge is perched on the edge of a cliff offering an uninterrupted view of Lake Manyara National Park. We had taken an early morning flight from Dar Es Salaam to Arusha, from where we drove to the National Park which was followed by the adventurous game drive, we were kind off exhausted and ready to crash for the day.
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We reached the lodge around sunset, although tired I was delighted to finally have an up-close look at the lodge (after browsing through the pictures on the internet a billion times ;)). The lodge is very rustic and cozy and as I walked towards our room from the reception I felt rejuvenated just by looking at the beautiful surroundings of the lodge.
The rooms are built in traditional African style house “Rondavel”, a circular structure with a thatched roof and the interiors showcase beautiful Masai artwork. The highlight of staying here is that every room has the advantage of scenic view the lake from the private balcony attached. We had our room on the first floor of the cottage, and the best part of the room was along with the panoramic view of the lake, the lodge infinity pool was also in sight. As a part of the honeymoon package, the very gracious hotel staff decorated our room with flowers and also got us a delicious cake to celebrate, which indeed very sweet of them.
After settling down and taking a quick tour of the property, my husband and I decided to take a dip in the infinity pool and watch the sun disappearing across the valley. We then head to the dining area to have our dinner as we were famished after are a busy day we had. On prior request for vegetarian food, the main chef offered us a delicious 4-course meal freshly made from local produce. The dining area is a spacious hall which has both indoor seating as well as outdoor. I loved how the interiors of the dining area were done with chandeliers made of jute adorning the roof and simple white walls with branch-like structures swirling all around the room giving it a very simple yet classy look.
The morning breakfast is also served in the dining room, which included loads of tropical fruits, pancakes, freshly brewed African tea and coffee. I loved sitting in the outdoors, watching the lake at the distance, listening to the bird’s chirp and the fresh morning breeze, it was all a haven for city dwellers like us.
After the sinful breakfast, we bid adieu to the lodge and Lake Manyara and started our journey towards the Serengeti National Park. Although our stay at the Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge was very short, it was surely a perfect one thanks to the beautiful location, amazing staff, and the delicious food.
Our stay at the Serena Lodge was part of the package for the safari with the Easy Travel.
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Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
Lake Manyara National Park
Mto wa Mbu Escarpment, Northern Tanzania
Tel: (+255) 787444003/ 28253961
Fax: (+255) 272545368/ 272539164
TOTS were the guests at Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge, these are our opinions based on the stay experience.