Tanzania Day Trips To Lake Manyara National Park

A day trip to Lake Manyara National Park is an exciting chance to get a feel for the real Africa. Lake Manyara is an unspoiled paradise of groundwater lakes fed by underground springs and teeming with wildlife.

One of Africa’s premier birding destinations, it’s also a fantastic place to see Africa’s most iconic animals from massive elephants and cape buffalo to the famous tree-climbing lions who call the park home.


It’s a two-hour journey to Manyara and along the way is the multicultural village of Mto Wa Mbu where you will have a brief stopover. A thriving microcosm of Tanzanian ethnic diversity Mto Wa Mbu is a paradise for souvenier hunters and known as the market which has fresh agricultural produce on offer. From there you head straight to the Lake Manyara National Park. The picturesque topography is punctuated with diverse habitats and compressed into the relatively small space, is a remarkable density of animals. The park has a prolific number of elephants, giraffes,  blue monkeys, hippos, olive baboons, wildebeest, and zebras but the most popular are the resident tree-climbing lions who are seen lounging on the acacia trees asking to be photographed.  It’s a view all- in- a- day park offering excellent game viewing and photography opportunities.

Another attraction to behold are the countless flamingos forming a pink cloud on the alkaline shores of Lake Manyara   Adding to the beauty are the millions of migrating birds which assemble around the algae-rich lakes. With nearly 400 species of bird, including circling birds of prey, and the brightly coloured lilac breasted roller; it’s a veritable feast of plumage that will warm your cockles and convert you into a bird watcher.

If conditions permit you can also avail of guided canoeing safari on the lake. In the late afternoon, you will start your drive back to Arusha.

  • Marvelous view of the Great Rift Valley escarpment.
  • See Tanzania’s famous tree-climbing lions.
  • Home to four of the Big Five.
  • Unspoiled paradise with ground water forests laced with underground springs and teeming with wildlife.
  • Visit the market town of Mto Wa Mbu.
  • Optional activities such as treetop walks and canoe safaris
Included in the price
  • Accomodation according to the itinerary
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Professional, English-speaking safari cook
  • Overnight stays in safari tents
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Mineral water
  • All mentioned activities
  • All national park fees
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari
Excluded from the price
  • Any sightseeing
  • excursions and optional activities other than those specified
  • Entry visas
  • International flights
  • Laundry
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  • Tips and gratuities to safari crew – recommended: 15-20 USD per day to safari driver
  • 10 – 15 USD per day to safari cook
  • Travel insurance

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