Lake Manyara National Park reviews


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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 ... ...

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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

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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.

As we were doing game drive; large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra ... read more
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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

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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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(4/5 stars) Written on: Oct 21, 2014   |   Visited: Apr 2014.
We only spent the better part of a day here, but we saw so much bird life, it was worth it! I wasn't prepared for the volume of pelicans, flamingos and more that were on the lake.
The park is on the small side, and it was pretty crowded, so I wouldn't say it was my favourite place, but it deserves a stop, especially if you're a bird-lover! read more

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Elephant
Vervet monkey
Warthog
Baboon
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Sep 21, 2014   |   Visited: Aug 2014.
Lake Manyara was great. Elephants, zebra, buffalo, hippos, monkeys, flamingos and tree-climbing lions. Dense forests to a beautiful lake. A must-see. Have a picnic overlooking the lake!! read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jul 25, 2014   |   Visited: Jun 2014.
We spent only one day in Lake Manyara National Park. That was probably long enough but we really loved that one day. We didn't get to see the tree climbing lions but we saw so many other animals that we didn't care - lots of birds, elephants, hippos, vervet and blue monkeys, a huge herd of baboons. Actually, we loved all of the parks we toured but it was nice to s... read more
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(3/5 stars) Written on: Jul 16, 2014   |   Visited: Jul 2014.
Just outside Lake Manyara lies many opportunities to visit with villages and orphanages. We often have people stay at Rhotia Valley, which is just outside, and they often say it was the highlight of their trip. As for the wildlife viewing, it can really vary. Some people are luck enough to witness tree-climbing lions while others say the lake was low and not very e... read more
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(3/5 stars) Written on: Jul 15, 2014   |   Visited: Jan 2008.
Spent a day in Lake Manyara and, to be honest, that was sufficient. I found it crowded (we had to wait nearly 90 min whilst our guide queued to get our permits) and not very big. I was not fortunate to see a tree-climbing lion, but here it's a good place to spot them. read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: May 28, 2014   |   Visited: Oct 2013.
Lake Manyara National Park is known for the flamingos around its shores. More than 400 species inhabit the park.

Lake Manyara is a good place for bird watching. There are also various types of animals in the park such as the lion, cheetah, leopard, dik-dik, gazelle, hippo, giraffe and impala.
Don't miss out to go to Lake Manyara--you are sure to enjoy it. read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: May 05, 2014   |   Visited: Apr 2014.
In this area you can do a bike tour just outside the Lake Manyara National Park. This is a great way to explore the villages and visit the farms. Try the local beer made here or visit the different tribes and experience the daily life stlye of people of the Rift Valley. And, after a long day, enjoy the local food. read more
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(3/5 stars) Written on: Jan 30, 2014   |   Visited: Dec 2012.
This park is a haven for bird-lovers!
Had my binos and was ready for whatever came my way. Some neat pelicans and storks and tons of other birds I cannot remember.
I also saw a tree-climbing lion, which was neat.
Park was on the small side and crowded. Probably wouldn't do more than a day here. read more
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(3/5 stars) Written on: Aug 28, 2013   |   Visited: Jul 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 thr... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: May 09, 2013   |   Visited: Feb 2013.
We stopped at Lake Manyara on day 10 of our 12 day safari. It is a lovely small park. Lots of trees and a nice change from the expanse of the huge Serengeti.
I am especially keen on birding and this was the place to be for that. The high salt content of the lake attracts plenty of water birds and the flamingoes are abundant. There are hundreds of species of bird i... read more

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Elephant
Vervet monkey
Baboon
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(1/5 stars) Written on: Apr 23, 2013   |   Visited: Nov 1993.
Wide expanses were what we saw when we got out of our safari vehicle. Where is the lake?? It’s there – just on the horizon. We saw hyenas pacing on the flat sands of the ever-stretching “beaches” - - and looked hard to find the actual lake.

While most safaris have breathtaking views, and a lake is often quite spectacular to see - - and offers something to do ... read more

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Hyena
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(3/5 stars) Written on: Apr 15, 2013   |   Visited: Jan 2010.
Lake Manyara is a very small park and probably not worth more than a day. We were excited to look for tree-climbing lions, even though we did not see any. Due to the park's small size, it was pretty crowded. I was impressed with the lushness of the park and the numerous species of birds. read more

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Lion
Elephant
Giraffe
Hippopotamus
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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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