Lake Manyara National Park

About Lake Manyara National Park

About Lake Manyara

Lake Manyara National Park is one of the most eye catching national park in the country. Hemmingway dubbed the park as “the most beautiful place in Africa”, Now that’s a great compliment, this beauty comes from the fact that it is found inside a rift valley giving it glorious views of the escapement around it. Large parts of the park is covered by lake manyara, a shallow alkaline water body that attracts both wildlife and birds, flocks of flamingoes can be seen in their thousands by the shore of the great lake projecting a very extravagant scenery.

The national park is widely covered by savannah plains, woodlands and some highlands courtesy of the rift valley around it. It is well known for its unique tree climbing lions that are a rare breed in East Africa. The park is strategically positioned on the Northern circuit with box-office destinations, Ngorongoro and Serengeti close neighbors giving tourists an opportunity to combine these destinations and give you a wholesome expedition.

The park is accessible by car (two hours from Arusha) or by plane in an airstrip located inside the park giving those who choose to fly-in a remarkable bird’s view of the National park, an experience that has been deemed by many to be very rewarding. The park also offers high class safari lodge and mobile camps in and around the national park (nearby Karatu town) with all the necessary amenities for a fun and relaxing holiday, pools, restraint, spas will clear the safari weariness in an instant.


Lake Manyara offers game drives through the lush savannah highlands and thick woodlands, exploring the diverse wildlife in the park, catch giraffes strutting about the rich savannah grass plains, the rare tree climbing lions can be seen lazily relaxing on braches and elephants in the midst of trees in the highlands. Drive to the lake shore to see flocks of flamingoes beautifully perched on the alkaline shores of the seemingly endless lake manyara and last but not least take a dip into the warm Maji Moto spring under its leafy trees.

Lake manyara national park offers guided nature walks which allows you to closely and intimately get in touch with the nature through hikes around the beautiful landscape learning the history of this magnificent park and enjoying a closer and unobstructed view of some of the wildkife and birds in the park

Canoeing is another rare and elusive activity that this brilliant park offers, during the periods when water levels are favorable tourists are able to take canoes through the great lake and enjoy a very unique experience sailing by the flamingoes.

Community excursions to the nearby mto wa mbu town are also very fascinating as you get to learn on how the natives live in and around the wild, also its time to get a feel of the community.

Weather & Climate

The National park has dry seasons between June and October and it gets wet from march to may, January and February are relatively dry with lush green and the scenery pure after the December short rains, this is also a great time for bird watching as migratory birds land in Lake manyara national park. The temperatures are forgiving with the highest recorded at around 28 centigrade during the dry seasons and the lowest around 15 centigrade so it is relatively mild and comfortable. The park is great place to be all year round but January and February when the grass is green and short and the wildlife and birds are easily spotted is a enticing time.
Lake Manyara Wildlife

Being in the famous northern circuit in Tanzania Lake Manyara certainly delivers to the region’s standards, herds of elephants, buffalos can be seen roaming about the park’s woodland, tall majestic giraffes in the acacia dotted plains are a common attraction, the park’s exclusive tree climbing lions are also a very common acts in the park, warthogs, leopards impalas, gazelles, Klipspringers and the lesser and greater pink flamingoes can be seen decorating the shores of lake Manyara.

A lover of quiet and wholesome safari has to include lake Manyara National Park once they reach North Tanzania, Book now with us for your private trip to Lake Manyara National Park.

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