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Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge.
  Lake Manyara Serena
Getting there
Lake Manyara Serena is a two-hour drive (or 125 km/80 mi) on good to very good tarmac road from Arusha. You pass the entrance to Lake Manyara National Park some twenty minutes before reaching the lodge.
From the lodge, you can reach the Ngorongoro Crater rim in less than two hours, and the beginning of the crater descent road in half an hour more.
Lake Manyara airstrip is a few minutes' drive from the lodge.
Lake Manyara map
Lake Manyara map.
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Tanzania map.
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Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge is a fairly large lodge situated on top of Great Rift Valley escarpment north of Lake Manyara in Tanzania. The lodge offers good standard, and is set with a grand view.

The lodge has 67 rooms (including one suite) in circular buildings. Each room has ensuite bathroom and veranda/balcony with a view.

The lodge has restaurant, bar, swimming pool with a view, souvenir shop, massage facilities and conference facilities.

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Swimming pool area in Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge overlooking the Great Rift Valley.

The lodge offers arrangements such as game drives, canoe safaris, bush walks and mountain biking. The game drives are mainly of interest to guests arriving by air (those arriving by road can do those outings in their own vehicle).

More about Lake Manyara
Lake Manyara National Park is densely vegetated. The north is covered by groundwater forest, the middle by drier savanna woodland, and the south by shrubs. The dense vegetation makes game spotting harder, while on the other hand offering a good habitat for many animal species. Lake Manyara has the highest elephant density among the Tanzanian parks, and you're likely to see some of the elephants during a game drive in the park.

Lions and other animals
The tree-climbing lions are another attraction. Unlike lions in most other parks, the lions of Lake Manyara regularly spend time in trees, the same way leopards do. Most lions are seen on the ground, though, as they are hard to spot up in the foliage.

Other mammal species seen in the park are baboons, which are often observed in large troops, blue monkeys, giraffes, impalas, buffalos and bushbucks. There are leopards, but due to the vegetation and their secretive habits, they are not seen very often.

Room interior, and lodge chefs serving an outdoor dinner.

Bird watching
Bird watchers may enjoy the park a lot. Two trophy birds that are spotted now and then are the monkey-hunting crowned eagle and the giant kingfisher, which is mostly seen along the creeks from the rift valley escarpment. Bee-eaters, African fish eagles and silvery-cheeked hornbills may be seen in the forests, while storks, different species of heron, pelicans and Egyptian geese are found on the lake shores. All in all, Lake Manyara has a bird list of 380 species.

Wildlife seasons
The wildlife population in the park is fairly stable, and doesn't vary much depending on time of year. You may want to avoid the rainy season in April and May. The roads in the park are mostly gravel and are generally good, but some bridges may get flooded and make parts of the park inaccessible.

The largest numbers of flamingos are seen when the water level in the lake is high, i.e. during and after rainy seasons.

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