Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park is best used as a soft introduction to a thrilling safari in Tanzania. Experience exceptional wildlife sightings and breath-taking landscapes. Explore the shores of the lake where more than 400 bird species, including thousands of pink flamingos, huddle on their perpetual migration.


Find Lake Manyara National Park in northern Tanzania, 126km west of Arusha. This 330 square kilometre piece of land includes 200km2 of the lake when water levels are at their best. Explore the incredible 50km stretch along the base of the western wall of the rusty-gold 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment. Be blown away by the spectacular scenery.


Participate in day and night game drives to see incredible wildlife. Enjoy walks into the wilderness to learn more about the nuances of nature. Expand your experience when you enjoy activities outside the park – mountain biking, village tours, abseiling and hiking. Bird lovers should look out for pelicans, cormorants and storks.


Manyara is famous for its large herds of elephant and the unusual tree-climbing lions. Plenty of safari thrills exist here. Seek out the wonderful and vast herds of Cape buffalo, pods of hippo swimming, waterbuck, zebra, warthog, Masai giraffe, impala and reedbuck grazing. Immerse yourself in diverse eco-systems in this Park – a soda lake, acacia woodlands, sausage trees, steep mountainsides, floodplains and a ground-water forest. Take a trip down to Maji Moto to find these hot springs. It’s been known to be very healthy habitats for large wildlife and bird populations. Take a tip in the warm water of the swimming hole. Drive into the forests to spot fascinating troops of baboon families, vervet monkeys and blue monkeys. Discover huge Monitor lizards basking in the sun on the riverbanks while Egyptian mongoose families forage for food.

Explore Lake Manyara National Park at the best time of year, from July to October to see the seasonal migrations. You can move around the park with ease thanks to its small size. You will be constantly rewarded with amazing discoveries, vistas and wild animals and birds. We recommend this intimate park all year round to unwind.