Lake Manyara Serena
Standing high on the bluff of a dramatic ochre and terracotta streaked
cliff above the flamingo-frosted expanse of Lake Manyara’s gleaming alkaline
waters, the Lodge commands panoramic views across the volcano-studded floor
of the Great Rift Valley.
Designed to reflect the brilliance of Lake Manyara’s unique birdlife, the
Lodge draws on an inspirational architectural motif that melds swooping
avian curves with the gentle concentric patterns of traditional Maasai
‘Bomas’ (encampments) whilst the vibrantly colored frescoes lining the walls
are designed to depict the colorful intricacy of bird migratory patterns.
The ambiance of the Lodge is a fusion of lakeside tranquility, towering
volcanic splendor and adventure-packed sporting activity.
The circular, closely-thatched rooms echo the traditional Maasai 'Boma'
style of construction whilst featuring a vibrant interior design concept
that reflects the Maasai people's abiding love of brilliant
scarlet-and-indigo checked 'Shukas' (cloaks) and bright yellow, white,
blue and orange beadwork. Each room has a private veranda and breathtaking
views of the shimmering reaches of the flamingo-frosted Lake.
Perched high above the Lake with endless views over the floor of the Great
Rift Valley, the circular dining room and bright murals of the open-air
bar area feature fabulous avian-inspired frescoes, colourful Maasai
artefacts and a unique domed basketwork ceiling hung with carved gourds
and nest-shaped lanterns.
The Pool Bar
Easily the most dramatic of all the swimming pools in the Serena Group’s
stable, the Lake Manyara Pool, which has received significant
architectural acclaim, lies below the lodge, on the very edge of the
escarpment with mesmeric views across the still waters of the lake and the
age-old majesty of the Great Rift Valley.