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Nice for a day

Visited: Jan 2008 Reviewed: Jul 15, 2014

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.

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Little piece of paradise

Visited: Nov 2016 Reviewed: Nov 27, 2017

We were very pleasantly surprised with the shear abundance of wildlife at Lake Manyara. It's an assault on the senses - literally so many birds you don't know where to look. A beautiful place and well worth a visit. Read more

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Great bird watching

Visited: Jul 2015 Reviewed: Mar 13, 2017

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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Lake Manyara - incredible experience

Visited: Nov 2014 Reviewed: Feb 03, 2017

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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The great rift valley

Visited: Jan 2016 Reviewed: Sep 19, 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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A jewel

Visited: Jul 2015 Reviewed: Dec 23, 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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Lake Manyara with hot water springs

Mariantims
Visited: Jan 2014 Reviewed: Dec 21, 2015

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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Beautiful Lake Manyara

Mariantims
Visited: Feb 2013 Reviewed: Dec 18, 2015

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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Birds!

Visited: Jun 2015 Reviewed: Jun 20, 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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A soda lake with flamingos and diverse species

Visited: Jan 2014 Reviewed: May 26, 2015

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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Game Drive at Lake Manyara NP Tanzania

Visited: Jun 2014 Reviewed: Jan 13, 2015

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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The home of Flamingo

Visited: Jun 2014 Reviewed: Jan 02, 2015

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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Green and lush

African Queen
Visited: Jan 2011 Reviewed: Dec 22, 2014

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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Maji Moto, Baboons, Biodiversity! What a day in Manyara Park!!

Visited: Oct 2014 Reviewed: Oct 28, 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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Pelicans and more!

Visited: Apr 2014 Reviewed: Oct 21, 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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Loved Lake Manyara

Visited: Aug 2014 Reviewed: Sep 21, 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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Small but beautiful

Visited: Jun 2014 Reviewed: Jul 25, 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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Great to combine with cultural visits

Visited: Jul 2014 Reviewed: Jul 16, 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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Loveliest lake..

Visited: Oct 2013 Reviewed: May 28, 2014

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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Rift Valley Area

Safarieyes
Visited: Apr 2014 Reviewed: May 05, 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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For the birds

Visited: Dec 2012 Reviewed: Jan 29, 2014

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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A park all to yourself

Stephen Bailey
Visited: Jul 2012 Reviewed: Aug 28, 2013

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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All about the birds....

Visited: Feb 2013 Reviewed: May 09, 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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Where is the lake?

Visited: Nov 1993 Reviewed: Apr 22, 2013

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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Ideal for bird watching

Wanderlust
Visited: Jan 2010 Reviewed: Apr 14, 2013

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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