Introduction to Lake Manyara National Park

Known for its famous and unique tree-climbing lions. Characterized by acacia woodlands, flood plains, savannah grasslands, and Rift Valley’s rocky escarpment, you truly are in for a treat.
Alongside the unique wildlife experiences of large herds of elephants and giraffes, Lake Manyara is known for its extensive list of bird species. A true bird watches heaven with over 400 unique species.

Why visit Lake Manyara National Park?

  • It is booming with wildlife and is a birdwatcher’s haven with over 400 species of birds.
  • Night Game drives are on offer to experience the nocturnal animals of Tanzania.
  • It is situated in the Northern Circuit with proximity to various other popular National Parks.

Getting to Lake Manyara National Park

By Road

Lake Manyara National Park can be reached by road from Arusha. The journey from Arusha takes around 110km/2 hours drive.

By Air

Daily scheduled flights are available to Lake Manyara National Park from Arusha and Dar es Salaam with Auric Air, Coastal Aviation, and Precision Air.

Best Time to visit Lake Manyara National Park

First, it’s best to note that Lake Manyara National Park can be visited year-round.
However, suppose you’re after the best possible safari experience, like day and afternoon game drives, night game drives, walking safaris, and canoeing. In that case, it’s best to visit during the dry season (late June to October).
Due to its lush vegetation, waterfall cascade, and wildlife gatherings, the most scenic period is in the wet season (November to May). It is also the best time to see flamingos and their fascinating colorings.
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Things to do in Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara ticks the boxes for all types of visitors with its endless list of activities to choose from.

Wildlife in Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara is a haven for birders, but this less-frequented park houses fascinating wildlife, such as those listed below.

Birds in Lake Manyara National Park

If birds are on top of your list, then Lake Manyara is a MUST! With over 400 species to choose from, travelers from all over the world come to visit just for Lake Manyara’s extensive list of feathered friends.

Landscape in Lake Manyara National Park

With its lush forests and stunning lakes, this area is the perfect destination for those looking to explore the wonders of nature.

Where to stay in Lake Manyara National Park

Whether you’re looking for an upscale resort or a budget-friendly option, there are plenty of great options in and around the area.

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Top questions answered for Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park is unlike anywhere you’ve been before. So, you have questions. We’ve been visiting for decades. So, we have answers.

Lake Manyara has famously been crowned as a unique destination known for its tree-climbing lions.

You may have seen the photos online, but this isn’t a daily occurrence. They are difficult to see, and no tour operator can guarantee you will witness this peculiar behavior.

Absolutely! The park offers so much adventure that you would have to stay a lifetime to experience it all. Not to mention the amazing wildlife!

A few activities that Lake Manyara offers that many other parks do not include; Night Game Drives, Hot Spring Tours, Treetop Walkways, Cultural Village Tours, Hippo Pool Viewpoints, and a canoeing experience, which you can’t find in other Northern Circuit parks. We told you there was a lot!

Kilimanjaro National Park houses many fascinating, beautiful, unique animals. The wildlife found at the park includes elephants, Cape buffaloes, giraffes, black rhinos, leopards, and servals.

In addition, the park also has hyenas, several baboon species, monkeys, aardvarks, antelopes, and many others. However, you can’t spot the Big Five here.

So, if you want to see the famous Big Five and other big games, we recommend you visit other major parks in Tanzania, like Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Tarangire.

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The park was initially established to protect elephants from rampant poaching activities. This effort has increased the number of elephants and other fascinating wildlife in the park.

Due to the location of Lake Manyara and how hot it can get, mosquitoes are often found throughout the park.

Most accommodation options will supply a Mosquito net as a preventative measure. We also recommend bringing your mosquito repellent.

When visiting Lake Manyara, it’s best to protect yourself against malaria using an insect repellent, ideally one with DEET.

Lake Manyara is a special place where you can witness flamingoes co-existing with Hippos in the lake itself.

Hippos are a popular sighting in Lake Manyara and are often mistaken for large rocks as they relax in the nearby waters.

Listen out for laughing noises as these vocal beasts can be heard chuckling away.

Lake Manyara is safe. The park sees high volumes of guests who safely enjoy several safari activities like game drives, safari walking, and many more.

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To have a flawless and hassle-free Lake Manyara safari trip, you can allow Easy Travel to arrange everything for you. We have been in this incredibly fantastic industry for over 35 years, guaranteeing our guests impeccably unforgettable safari trips and beach holidays.

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Lake Manyara is beautiful and wildlife-rich, rightfully earning its place among Tanzania’s top tourist attractions.

The park boasts large herds of elephants and a pride of tree-climbing lions, among many other fascinating attractions.

Among the wildlife you can witness in Lake Manyara National Park are Baboons, Buffaloes, Bushbucks, Civets, Civets, Elephants, Galagos, Genets, Giraffes, Hippos, Honey Badgers, Hyenas, Impalas, Jackals Leopards, Lions, Monkeys, Mongooses, Squirrels, Warthogs, Warthogs, Wildebeests, Zebras.

As for the birdlife, the park houses over 400 bird species, including Barbets, Bee-eaters, Black-faced Sandgrouse, Buzzards, Cormorants, Cranes, Cuckoos, Crowned Eagle, Comb Duck, Doves, Eagles, Emerald Cuckoo, Herons, Hornbills, Ibises, Kingfishers, Nightjars, Owls, Rollers, Shrikes, Spoonbills, Storks, Trogons, Vultures, Weavers, Woodpeckers and many more.

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