Lake Manyara National Park


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A park all to yourself

Written on: August 28, 2013   |   I visited in July 2012 Lake Manyara is usually visited as part of a multi-day safari package including the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. While the convenience of stopping halfway between Arusha and the Serengeti is nice, Lake Manyara simply can't compete with its bigger neighbours in terms of animals or safari experience. However, the lake is undeniably pretty, and the tight paths through the woodland ensure you get extremely close to various primates.

Playful monkeys are abundant, hippos come in giant herds, and baboons seem to control every corner of the forest. Elephants can be found bulldozing their way around, and giraffes pop their heads above the trees. We did find a lion in a tree, although predator spotting requires an excellent guide with spectacular eyes. And from the surrounding cliffs the park is undeniably pretty, especially around sunset.

Lake Manyara is a gentle introduction to a multi-day safari. It shows off a different eco-system to its more famous neighbours, and is significantly quieter. The only other tourists we saw were bird enthusiasts observing some of the park's 300 migratory birds. This solitude is the park's trump card; stopping in the forest and waiting for the animals to come to you is an authentic part of the experience. If you do have time Lake Manyara is definitely worth visiting, just remember it's a very different experience to the Serengeti plains.
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Mar 13, 2017   |   Visited: Jul 2015.
Never seen so many baboons in my life. We drove half hour into the park into an opening on the lake that had 100's of baboons, zebras and flamingos running around. Saw at least 10 giraffes and 20-30 elephants you'll see a lot of similar wildlife: elephants, baboons, gazelles. We absolutely loved the hippo pool, but not necessarily for the hippos.

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(4/5 stars) Written on: Feb 03, 2017   |   Visited: Nov 2014.
I had visited Lake Manyara National Park as a day visitor before, as most people on the northern circuit in Tanzania do…just passing through. The day visits are rewarding, there is no doubt about that. The easy-to-reach areas are enough to allow a rewarding day visit. But there is more and I didn’t fully realise this until I had experienced it for myself. If you ca... read more
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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.
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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.

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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

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Warthog
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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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