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Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara was once a famous hunting ground, now it is one of Tanzania’s most attractive sanctuaries. Nestling into the steep Rift Valley wall, this shallow alkaline lake is surrounded by ancient Baobab trees, ground water forest of fig and mahogany and open grasslands. A wealth of surprisingly varied vegetation sustains a wealth of wildlife, nourished by chattering streams bubbling out of the escarpment base and waterfalls spilling over the cliff. Deep in the south of the park, hot springs bubble to the surface in the shadow of the escarpment. Hippo wallows near the lake’s borders of sedge. Two famous spectacles in Lake Manyara National Park are the tree-climbing lions, which spend most of the day spread out along the branches of acacia trees six to seven meters above ground, and tree climbing pythons. Nestling at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment the park is noted for its incredible beauty. As visitors enter the gate they pass into the lush forest, home to troops of baboons and blue monkeys. Further along, the forest opens up to the woodlands, grassland, swamps and beyond, the soda lake itself, covering 390 sq km and sanctuary to over 400 species of bird including flamingo, pelican, storks, sacred ibis, cormorants and Egyptian geese. The park is particularly noted for its huge herds of buffaloes and elephants. Also represented here are giraffe, impala, hippo and a great variety of smaller animals.

Activities in Lake Manyara National Park

Canoing with forest walks on the escarpment, cultural tours, bike tours, game drive and abseiling outside the park.


Lodge, campsites and hotels in Mto wa Mbu town or Karatu town. Also, this park is close enough to Moshi to be visited as a day trip.

Suggested itineraries

We will gladly customize an itinerary to cater to your budget and time allotment but here are samples of some of our most requested itineraries:

  • 2 Days -Lake Manyara National Park and Ngorongoro Crater
  • 3 Days -Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater & Lake Manyara