LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
The setting for the earliest Tarzan films, the park is located beneath the cliffs of the Manyara Escarpment, on the edge of the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park offers varied ecosystems, incredible bird life, and breathtaking views.
REASONS TO VISIT LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
Located on the way to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, Lake Manyara National Park is well worth a stop in its own right.
The parks most iconic attraction is undoubtedly, its tree-climbing lions. It’s incredible to see predators lounging in the trees
A wealth of activities such as walking safaris, village trips, hiking, canoeing, mountain biking & abseiling are available
The lake itself takes up much of the park leaving a strip of land running down its shores where game concentrates.
Home to an incredible range of game including birds, buffalo, hippo, flamingo, zebra, warthog, waterbuck dik-dik and impala.
Its ground water forests, bush plains, baobob strewn cliffs, and algae-streaked hot springs offer incredible ecological variety
The park lies in northwestern Tanzania, located both in Arusha Region and Manyara Region, Tanzania. The park covers 330 km2 (130 sq mi) and it is a 90 minute drive from Arusha.
The lake Manyara conservation area mainly offers a selection of lodges and camping sites. Various small hotels are also available.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Numerous fun activities such as walking safaris, shoreside picnics, village trips, hiking, canoeing, mountain biking & abseiling are available in the Lake Manyara area.
Located beneath the cliffs of the Manyara Escarpment, on the edge of the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park is well worth a stop in its own right.
Lake Manyara National Park offers varied ecosystems, incredible bird life, and breathtaking views. Even reluctant bird-watchers will find something to watch and marvel at.
ABOUT LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
The name Manyara comes from the Maasai word emanyara, the name "is a Masai description not for the lake, but in general for a lake shore region. Of the 127 square miles (329 km2) of Lake Manyara National Park, the lake's alkaline waters (with a pH near 9.5) cover approximately 89 square miles (231 km2), though the area and pH fluctuate widely with the seasons, and dry spells expose large areas of mud flats. While most known for baboons, the lake and its environs is also home to herbivores such as hippos, impalas, elephants, wildebeests, buffalo, warthogs and giraffes. Giant fig trees and mahogany seen in the groundwater forest immediately around the park gates draw nourishment from the underground springs replenished continuously from crater highlands directly above the Manyara basin. Leading away from the forest to the fringes of Lake Manyara are the flood plains. To the south are visible the acacia woodlands. Leopards, although in abundance, are hard to get a glimpse of, just like the other elusive carnivores - lions - of this park.
With an entrance gate that doubles as an exit, the trail of Lake Manyara National Park is effectively a loop that can be traversed by jeep within a couple of hours that may be stretched to a few more at best, if driving slowly, to watch, observe and enjoy the diversity of flora and fauna. The Rift Valley escarpment forms a noteworthy landmark and provides a spectacular backdrop to Lake Manyara.
This park is known for its large elephant population. The big cats are present, but not seen that easily. The forest patch is home to habituated troops of olive baboon and blue monkey. Buffalo, giraffe and several antelope species are easily encountered on a drive.
Lake Manyara is a shallow alkaline lake at the base of the Western Rift Valley escarpment. The park entrance leads to a beautiful groundwater forest. Other habitats include the grassy floodplain, rocky escarpment and acacia woodland, all of which can be covered in a half-day visit.
Even a first-time visitor to reasonably expect to observe 100 species of birds in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large waterbirds: pelicans, cormorants and storks. Migratory birds are present from November to April.
Best things to see in Lake Manyara National Park | do in Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara is a slightly salty lake that is home to hippopotamus, flamingoes, and a large variety of aquatic life. it is possible to see klipspringer, rock hyrax, and porcupines by the lake’s edge, and a wide variety of birds including Ruppel’s Griffon, Verreaux’s Eagle, the Augur Buzzard, the Peregrine Falcon, and an abundance of flamingoes call the lake home during the year.
Among the most eye-catching features of Lake Manyara National Park are the towering termite mounds that dot the landscape. These impressive structures are the work fo tiny yet industrious insects known as termites. Working in huge colonies, these creatures construct remarkably strong and sophisticated mounds to act as homes to protect their queen.
Mto wa Mbu Village
Located not far from the entrance to Lake Manyara National Park, Mto We Mbu is a local farming and market village that is perfectly situated for souvenir shopping or for a glimpse into the day to day life of the locals. On market days, farmers from all over the region come together to show off their wares in this dynamic melting pot of cultures and personalities.
For several months of the year, Lake Manyara is home to thousands of flamingos drawn by the microscopic algae that they feed on. The flamingos’ specialized diet means they are confined to the alkaline lakes of the Rift Valley, and Lake Manayra is arguably the best place in Tanzania to see these huge flocks of brightly coloured birds.
Maji Moto Springs
Maji Moto (Swahili for hot water) is a natural spring surrounded by palm and fig trees – an isolated paradise of crystal clear waters, sun-dappled shady picnic spots, and unmatched beauty. Not so much a hot springs as it is a warm springs, Maji Moto is a perfect place for a swim and a picnic lunch. It’s all worth the long drive.
As small as the Lake Manyara National Park is, it is packed with fun activities. Game drives, canoe safaris, cultural tours, mountain biking, abseiling, and forest walks. Even if you are not the adventurous type having a picnic or romatic lunch on the shore of the lake with while taking in the nature around you is sure to get your blood pumping.
WHERE TO STAY : lodges | Camps
Lake Manyara National Park accommodation options are widely varied, from luxurious lodges to camping experiences with an authentic African theme to them. Our selection of top accommodation in Lake Manyara National Pak mainly includes camps & lodges ideal for individuals, couples, families or groups travelling together. If you can't find the right one for your needs, simply contact us and let one of our safari experts help you find the ideal place to stay.
Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge
Lake Manyara Serena Lodge
Lake Manyara Tree Lodge
Wildlife Safari Camp
Manyara Ranch Conservancy
Lake Manyara escarpment lodge
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Watching wildlife in Lake Manyara National Park is good all year long, but at its best from late June to September, during the Dry season.
|Best time to go:||June to September (Easier to spot animals)|
|High Season:||Most of the year - July to March (The northern section of the park gets crowded in the mornings)|
|Low Season:||April and May|
|Best Weather:||June to October (Few rains)|
|Worst Weather:||March and April (Peak of Wet season)|