Lake Manyara National Park


Location: Northern Tanzania, 1 ½ hours west of Arusha town.

History: The area around Lake Manyara was once famous has a hunters heaven but thankfully the park is now established, protected and managed by the Tanzanian Park Authorities.

Size: 330 sq km of which 200 sq km is Lake when water levels are high.

Geography / Habitats: Stretching for 50km along the base of the rusty-gold 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. The compact game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience. The entrance to the park is a lush forest with many ancient mahogany trees and many monkeys. This then opens up to a large grassy floodplain and the lake itself with a stunning backdrop of jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai Steppes. Inland of the floodplain, a narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favoured haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants.


  1. Wildebeast,
  2. the legendary tree climbing Lions,
  3. Elephant,
  4. Buffalo,
  5. Warthog,
  6. Flamingo,
  7. Waterfowl,
  8. Waterbucks,
  9. Giraffe,
  10. Hippo,
  11. Impala,
  12. Zebra,
  13. Dik-dik,
  14. Leopard,
  15. Hyena and over 400 bird species have been recorded.

Of interest: Game drives, night game drives, canoeing when the water levels is sufficiently high. Cultural tours, picnics, bush lunch/dinner, mountain bike tours, abseiling and forest walks on the escarpment outside the park.

Accommodation Options: Lodges, local hotels, fixed tented camp and camping.

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