Lake Manyara Safaris

Scenic Lake Manyara National Park lies in the Great Rift Valley in the shadow of a 600m-high escarpment and is famous for flamingos as well as tree-climbing lions.

Comprised of arid grasslands, acacia woodland and a soda lake, which attracts large flocks of flamingo and pelican when full. Whilst small in size, Manyara is nevertheless very picturesque and its wildlife are fairly habituated to humans so easy to see.

Birdlife here is exceptional, with over 400 recorded species while the lions in the park are renowned for relaxing in the trees when not hunting. The forests support large numbers of baboon, blue monkey and shy antelope such as bushbuck, whilst the grassy plains are inhabited by buffalo, wildebeest, zebra and giraffe. Elephants are also common, while Manyara has a good hippo pool to observe these giant, semi-aquatic mammals.

A visit to this park combines well with the celebrated Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, which are to the north of Manyara. Very close to the park’s southern boundary lies the sunbaked yet strangely enchanting Tarangire National Park, well worth a visit for its high elephant densities and ancient baobab trees.


Lake Manyara Highlights

  • A small but very scenic park south of the Serengeti ecosystem
  • Seasonal flamingo-viewing on the soda lake
  • Incredible birdlife all year round
  • Opportunities to observe unusual tree-climbing lions
  • Acacia forests filled with primates and antelope
  • Plains inhabited by wildebeest, giraffe and buffalo
  • A great hippo pool

When To Go

The dry season (June to September) is when animals tend to congregate at remaining waterholes in Lake Manyara National Park. However, the northern section of the park might be crowded in these months. To have the place to yourself, visit just after the wet season, which is generally between March and April.

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Lake Manyara Accommodation

The following are some of the lodges and tented camps that we recommend in the Lake Manyara region. For information on additional accommodation not featured, please contact us.

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Why Tanzania: Few places in the world can offer the immense diversity and quantity of game found in Tanzania, nor the ease of viewing it. Tanzania is also the arena for the great wildebeest and zebra migration and has some of Africa’s most stunning scenery.

Game Viewing: The best time to visit is November to May when the wildebeest herds amass on the Serengeti’s southern plains. Feb/Mar is when the herds are calving. The dry season (Jun to Sep) is the best time to visit Tarangire and the Selous.

Culture: With some 120 tribes, Tanzania is culturally very diverse, with peoples ranging from the Nilotic Maasai to Hadza bushmen, the Makonde (famous for their wood carvings) and Swahili-speaking coast-dwellers, some descended from Arabs.

Climate: Much of the Serengeti is over 5,000 ft so temperatures vary between 22°- 29°C. It is generally sunny and windy, with rain falling between Nov – May as isolated showers. The low-lying Rift Valley is much hotter (30°-35°C), while the coast is hot and humid. The Ngorongoro Highlands can be cool to cold at night.

Combine With: Kenya. Most visitors arrive via Nairobi in Kenya so it is easy to combine parks in the two countries. Kenya’s famous Masai Mara is an extension of the Serengeti and the wildebeest migration can be found here in September/October.

Getting There: You can fly via Johannesburg in South Africa then north to Nairobi in Kenya. Or fly via the Middle East to Nairobi. We can organise road transfers from there to Arusha, the “safari capital” of northern Tanzania; alternatively, you can fly into Kilimanjaro Airport.

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