Lake Manyara National Park

Size doesn’t matter

Don’t be dissuaded by the size of the park! Measuring 330 sq km, it is one the smallest park in Tanzania but brimming with a bewildering array of wildlife and birds. Declared a biosphere reserve under UNESCO, Manyara National Park supports 11 ecosystems and has covered by the lake in the wet season. Rest is a dry strip of land but a natural beauty nevertheless.

Set in amazing diversity

The picturesque topography is punctuated with diverse habitats. Adding bite to the experience is the varying altitudes of the park ranging from 953 meters to 1,445 meters. Located at the foot of  Rift valley, embarking on a drive through the park would give you the experience of the rich mosaic complete with dense acacia woodlands, shimmering lakes, grassy plains with the 500 meters drop of the Rift Valley escarpment, providing an impressive backdrop

Embarrassment of riches

Compressed into the relatively small space is a remarkable density of animals. The park has a prolific number of elephants, giraffes, hippos, wildebeest, and zebras but the most popular are the resident tree-climbing lions. The lush forest is the playground of blue monkeys and home to an impressive number of olive baboons. A little effort may help you capture the sky dik-dik on the slopes of the escarpments. It’s a view all- in- a- day park and if you are a student of wildlife and ecology then there is plenty for ethogram opportunities.

Convert into a bird lover

Countless flamingos forming a pink cloud on the alkaline shores of Lake Manyara is an attraction to behold.  Adding to the beauty are the millions of migrating birds which assemble around the algae-rich lakes. With nearly 400 species of bird, the veritable feast of plumage will warm your cockles and convert you into a bird watcher.

To do List

Go on game drives, day and “night”. Yes, you heard it right! And for the adventure-oriented, there is horse riding, mountain biking, canoeing in Lake Manyara and nature walk safaris.

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Lake Manyara National Park Facts

  • Covers an area of 330 sq km of which 200 sq km is of water when the water levels are high.
  • It is 128 km from Arusha Town.
  • Located beneath the 600 meters high Manyara Escarpment making a great view from the top of the park.
  • Dense ground water Forest and bushes filled with wild animals, birds and insects.
  • Great herds of elephants, antelopes and giraffes
  • Lake Manyara National Park is a Tanzanian national park located both in Arusha Region and Manyara Region, Tanzania.
  • Situated on the edge of the rift valley
  • Famous for its tree climbing lions
  • The Hot Springs along the Rift Valley
  • Also a great place for bird watching.
  • Temperatures can be between 25 to 40 Degrees Celsius during the different seasons.
  • Dry season (July-October) for large mammals
  • Wet season (November-June) for bird watching and the waterfalls.
  • Game drive through the forest, bushes and around the lake area
  • Only Lake Manyara national park that allows night game driving.
  • Walking safari can be arranged outside of the park around the escarpment.