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  • SERENA SAFARI LODGE

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    ABOUT LAKE MANYARA SERENA SAFARI LODGE

    Standing high on the edge of a towering terracotta escarpment with panoramic views over the glittering alkaline waters of Lake Manyara, Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of tranquillity, wildlife discovery, and ornithological richness. The unprecedented range of high-adventure sports, meanwhile, include mountain biking, canoeing and forest walks, while cultural choices include tours of the neighbouring villages and dance displays by the local Iraqw and sukuma people.

    Grouped around a central ‘vanishing horizon’ pool, this highly unusual lodge features a simple timbered reception area, built in traditional African style, which is accessed via a bridge over a small stream. Beyond reception, lies the central dining room, bar and veranda, below which lies the pool. Perched on the very edge of the cliffs, with stunning views over the lake is the pool bar and observation point. Dotted around the grounds, all with views over the lake, are a series of circular two-storey ‘rondavels’, which house the rooms. Designed to reflect the brilliance of Lake Manyara’s unique birdlife, the architectural motif melds swooping avian curves with the gentle concentric patterns of traditional Maasai ‘Bomas’ , while the vibrantly coloured wall frescoes depict the colourful intricacy of bird migratory patterns.

     

    GETTING THERE

    The Lodge is in Mto wa Mbu, Northern Tanzania, 130 kilometres from Arusha.

    -By road: Transfers by road from Arusha take approximately 2 ½ hours.

    -By air: The airstrip is adjacent to the lodge and a ‘meet and greet’ and transfer service is offered. 

    FACILITIES

    • A selection of ensuite rooms and suites
    • Central dining room and bar
    • Outside dining terrace
    • Poolside bar
    • Game drives daily
    • Swimming pool and pool deck
    • Bush dinner site within the grounds
    • Tented conference room
    • Wedding planning and honeymoon venue
    • Gift shop,
    • Business centre,
    • WiFiSatellite TV room
    • Extensive selection of sports and activities
    • Cultural dance and music

    Bed size: 6 by 6

    Room size: 20 m2

  • LAKE MANYARA LODGE

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    Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is the only lodge in†Lake Manyara National Park, offer an exclusive wildlife experience. The park is famous for its tree climbing lions, large herds of elephant and flamingo. The lodges offers spectacular Rift Valley views

     

    ACCOMMODATION

    Ten elegant stilted tree houses are cradled in the boughs of mahogany trees, ensuring privacy for all guests. Built of timber and makuti (palm fronds), the interiors are bleached, earthy and stylishly understated. Rooms are spacious with sitting areas and viewing decks. Ensuite bathrooms with a bath, outdoor shower, twin hand basins and private w.c. Guest areas are intimate and stylish, and feature an interactive kitchen. The sitting and dining areas overlook a charming forest boma lined with ngalawas (dugout canoes). The Lodge has a Safari Shop featuring signature community craft work and a range of lodge branded safari clothing.

     

    RECREATION

    Each suite is a lofty tree house with private veranda and large windows that open up to the lush forest, welcoming in the sights and sounds of the African bush. Woodchip paths and natural branch railings blur the edges between the natural and the manmade, while wooden interiors and thatched roofs invite the surrounding forest indoors. Spacious bedrooms and sitting rooms float in a sea of green, opening up onto a leafy canopy. Even a soak in the large, free-standing tub offers a panoramic view, with an open air shower behind a simple bamboo screen.

     

    FACILITIES

    • The lodge pool beckons like a cool oasis in an ocean of shady green.
    • Generous decks suspended above the forest floor open up to a wooded embrace.
    • Split level sitting and dining rooms combine with high thatched ceilings to create a sense of space, while warm wood interiors and understated sofas carve out cosy corners.
    • Tantalising aromas drift from the open, interactive kitchen, luring guests to watch as simple but delicious meals are prepared. The theatre of the open kitchen is translated into the drama of the dining boma, encircled by a tall fence of gnarled wood.

    Bed size: 6 by 6

    Room size: 20 m2

  • MIGUNGA TENTED CAMP

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    Migunga Tented Camp is nestled in a quiet corner on the northwest of Lake Manyara. The camp is ideally situated in shade of an acacia forest, only 5 minutes from the entrance of Lake Manyara National Park. This is the ideal base camp to discover the beautiful surroundings of Lake Manyara, or pay a cultural visit to the colourful town of Mto Wa Mbu.

     

    ROOMS AND SUITES

    Migunga Tented Camp is nestled away in a quiet corner of 35 acres of acacia forest and consists of 21 permanent tents on raised platforms, all with en-suite bathrooms and a private veranda overlooking the lush forest. All the tents are discretely placed around a central glade, offering shade and privacy, but still only a short walk to the restaurant and bar.

    A wood and thatch main building with restaurant, bar and reading areaRestaurant with daily changing 4 course menuFull & half board rates, lunch boxes available. FireplaceLush and green garden, all year round

     

    ACTIVITIES

    At Migunga you wake up in the morning to the sound of the forest, with beams of the sun finding their way through our the tall trees. In the afternoon you can enjoy our Mountain bike hire, bike trail to the lake departing from camp. Biking or walking safari with sundowners at Lake Manyara. Village tour with a guid through Mto Wa Mbu, early morning birdwalk, forest walks.

  • KIRURUMU NGORONGORO CAMP

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    Kirurumu Ngorongoro camp is a luxury mobile camp set in one of the most strategic and beautiful areas in the Ngorongoro Highlands overlooking the Ngorongoro Conservancy, the Great Rift Valley escarpment, and Lake Eyasi. As a small and intimate camp the staff are on hand just to look after a very limited number of guests and so the level of attention and service is always excellent.

    The camp has easy access to cultural attractions or as a base for a walk, climbing the slopes of nearby Olmoti mountain to the waterfall that breaches its rim to become the Munge river that feeds a game swamp in the crater.

     

    ACTIVITIES

    Day trips and walking opportunities to many of our Maasai community neighbours, and hiking around Mt Makarot, one of the most scenically attractive areas of the conservation area. 

    ROOMS AND FACILITIES

    Our Ngorongoro camp tents are 7 double and twin customised safari tents. The largest tent available for safari camping. Each tent is fully and tastefully furnished with:

    • Comfortable, (twin or double) beds with 6″ mattresses, pillows, blankets & sheets.
    • Luggage rack, table, safari chairs, mats & soft furnishings in individual style.
    • Solar lighting in both the bedroom and enuite loo and shower room Dining room with waiter service.
    • A locally furnished dining tent for breakfast, lunch and romantic, candle-lit dinners.
    • A campfire area

    Bed size: 6 by 6

    Room size: 20 m2

General

WELCOME MANYARA

Facilities

  • Bath
  • Bathroom
  • Heating
  • Ironing board
  • Laundry/Valet service
  • Restaurant
  • Room service - full menu
  • Seating Area
  • Shower
  • Television
  • Toilet

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MANYARA

Things to do - general

160km (99 miles) from Arusha, 69km (43 miles) from Tarangire, 60km (37 miles) from Ngorongoro, 145km (90 miles) from Serengeti (entrance gate)

Curling along the western shores of a shallow soda lake, the emergence of the Gregory Escarpment — a sheer 500m (1,640-ft.) drop, making this the most impressive wall in the Rift Valley — signals your approach to Lake Manyara, heart of Tanzania’s second-oldest national park. A shallow 390-sq.-km (152-sq.-mile) expanse, of which 230 sq. km (90 sq. miles) fall within the national park boundaries, Lake Manyara lies in a closed basin with no outlet. Fed by waters that percolate through the volcanic ash and lava of the Ngorongoro Highlands before seeping and spilling from the ever-eroding walls of the Rift Valley, the lake is highly alkaline, its chemical salts further distilled by the high rate of evaporation — hence the tell-tale crusty white soda deposits that line the lake’s shores during the dry season. The ideal breeding ground for blue-green algae and other micro-organisms, the lake is thus a nutrient-rich home to large numbers of fish (including an endemic species of tilapia), which, in turn, attract an astonishing variety of waterbirds. Of these, the most spectacular visitors are the migrant flamingos, who hover like pink clouds in and above the blue-gray bands of Manyara’s lakeshore.

 

Sports and nature

Sports and nature Despite the fact that the lake covers two-thirds of the park, the slim wedge of land between the shore and the baobab-studded escarpment wall offers a remarkably varied ecosystem: Visitors enter the lush groundwater forest in the north, crossing rivers and pools to traverse stretches of acacia woodland and bushland, and finally emerge to sweeping views of floodplain grasslands, its thin strips of yellow and green blending into a soaring skyline.

Nightlife

Nightlife This is a shame: not only does Manyara make a convenient first stop out of Arusha, but its remarkable habitat diversity compressed within a relatively small area ensures that it offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience.

Culture and history

Culture & history Established in 1960, Lake Manyara National Park extends over 330 sq km of the northern Rift Valley floor southwest of Arusha. Its centrepiece is Lake Manyara, a fluctuating body of alkaline water set within a shallow sump at the base of the Rift Valley. To the southeast, a scattering of extinct volcanoes rise in splendid isolation from the open plains of the Maasai Steppes. To the west, the lake is hemmed in by the 600m-high golden-brown rift escarpment alluded to in its name – an emanyara being the spiky protective hedge grown around a Maasai boma. Manyara’s dramatic setting was once extolled by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest that I had seen in Africa” and by documentary maker Colin Willock as “the most luxuriant place in the whole East African Rift”. Today, however, the park is frequently bypassed by safarigoers in their enthusiasm to reach the world-renowned Serengeti and Ngorongoro.
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