Lake Manyara National Park


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Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania
Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania
About Lake Manyara National Park
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Parks total area:
325 km² (126 mi)
Year established:
1960
Anti-malarial:
Absolutely!
Park wildlife:
  • The elusive, tree-climbing lion
  • Over 400 species of migratory birds – a bird lover’s paradise!
  • Close proximity to Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater make it a perfect addendum to a larger safari.
  • Its lush, verdant groundwater forest is truly unique and worth a visit or two.
  • It is within a few hours’ drive from Arusha.

Located about 130 km (80 miles) southwest of Arusha, Lake Manyara National Park is a compact, verdant park that is highly prized by bird lovers from around the globe. Although small in size, Manyara packs a mighty punch. It starts the moment visitors drive through the entry gates and encounter the amazing groundwater forest. Here, guests can see all types of flora such as mahogany, sausage trees, ficus and wild mango trees.

Bird lovers are sure to be astounded by the vast array of birds, with over 400 species of migratory bird being found here. The saline waters of Lake Manyara are often dotted with bright-pink flamingos and stodgy pelicans. In addition to the large number of birds found at Lake Manyara, it is also possible to see several types of animals here, including the elusive tree-climbing lion.

Tree-climbing lion

For some reason, the lions of Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks have a penchant for climbing up into the branches of a sausage tree and lazing around in the heat of the day. Photographers will relish the opportunity to snap a photo or two, if they’re lucky enough to encounter one. It is possible to see four of the big five at Lake Manyara – buffalo, elephant, leopard and lion – with the rhino being the missing fifth animal. 

When is the best time to visit Lake Manyara National Park?

Lake Manyara is recommended year-round, with only the months of April and May being a bit wet and difficult for travel. Due to its small size, most lodges are located outside of the park, en route to either Tarangire or Ngorongoro Crater. There is one lodge inside the park and it is of very high standard. 

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Sep 19, 2016   |   Visited: Jan 2016.
Lake Manyara National Park that the name of the park that's found in rift valley. It was amazing tour in this park of northern Tanzania, we saw many birds and animals. read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Dec 23, 2015   |   Visited: Jul 2015.
Lake Manyara is a very picturesque and is a scenic beauty and is among the must visit parks on a Tanzanian safari. The park is well known for its tree-climbing lions and its vast array of birds. You will always cherish the moment when a lion king is resting on an Acacia tree and you witness and capture the moment.
Lake Manyara is not a very big park. It's a relat... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Dec 21, 2015   |   Visited: Jan 2014.
What I read abput Lake Manyara was very nice and make me curious to go to there. And, it is very nice to visit.
Coming out of the rain forest, crossing a river by car, and then you're in the park. Baboons on the car later lots of elephants we saw walking. There is a big quagmire and we wait there. A few minutes later the first elephants are playing in the mud. An... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Dec 18, 2015   |   Visited: Feb 2013.
Lake Manyara a place also with many different animals and not so very busy. Coming out of the woods, you see the lake and the view is marvelous. During this day we didn't see any other cars. Very nice to be there alone.

Monkeys, wildebeest, buffalo, elephants, gazelle. (Thank Joseph you saw him) all kind of birds, giraffe and more.

Loveley place to stay.
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(3/5 stars) Written on: Jun 20, 2015   |   Visited: Jun 2015.
Ok, so we only spent a few hours here, but I was in awe of all the bird life. If you like pelicans, flamingos and other big birds, this is the park for you. I did not see any tree climbing lions. :( read more

I saw

Warthog
Zebra
Baboon
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(4/5 stars) Written on: May 26, 2015   |   Visited: Jan 2014.
Lake Manyara is a scenic gem with the eastern and western escarpments of the Rift Valley surrounding it. I have been there many times.

The national park is known for its resident forest that is fed by an underground water forest, keeping the park green throughout the year. This attracts both migratory and wetland birds. Two-thirds of the lake is dominated by sha... read more
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(3/5 stars) Written on: Jan 13, 2015   |   Visited: Jun 2014.
It takes about 2 hours to drive from Arusha, the 'Gateway' to the Serengeti to Lake Manyara on a well paved road. Lake Manyara is a scenic gem and lies between the eastern and western escarpments of the Rift Valley.

The Lake Manyara area is known for its resident forest that fed by an underground water forest that keeps the park green throughout the year. Thi... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Jan 02, 2015   |   Visited: Jun 2014.
In our 8 days Safari, Lake Manyara was one of the National Park that we visited. We had one night only inside Lake Manyara and it sounded enough. This is one of the parks that, when we entered it, we started to enjoy ground water forest where a lot of baboon troops are around the way to greet you.

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(4/5 stars) Written on: Dec 22, 2014   |   Visited: Jan 2011.
A day in Lake Manyara is just perfect. It allows you to see the lake, look for tree-climbing lions and, if you're an avid bird watcher, you have to spent a few hours watching the myriad bird life. Due to its small size, it is crowded, especially at the entry gate. read more

I saw

Vervet monkey
Warthog
Zebra
Baboon
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Oct 29, 2014   |   Visited: Oct 2014.
Manyara National Park is a small park in Tanzania (around 350 kmq) very famous for its biodiversity. We have the forest, the plain and the lake.
There is a very high baboons concentration, in fact we spent long time watching baboons grooming, eating, playing and making noise everywhere in the park. The hippo pool has a nice view point, you can enjoy your time and... read more
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Safari suitability: 6 / 10
It may have four of the big five and stellar bird life, but its small size means guests have seen it all after spending only one day in the park.
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