Lake Manyara is a nice little park that is typically visited on the northern circuit. Good for highly habituated animals and especially birds. There are over 400 species of birds in Lake Manyara National Park, making it a wonderful destination for those looking to do some birding.
Unfortunately Lake Manyara is usually an obligated day trip on most tourists itineraries which leads to relatively poor quality. There is one major road and used to enter and exit the park and vehicles crowd in and jockey at sightings along the road thus we often skip Lake Manyara as we prefer to have an additional day for the wonders of the Serengeti or for Tarangire. The exception is for trips with enough time to go deep into the park and overnight where you can explore the rarely visited areas of the park. It can also be nice to visit in the low season times when few others are in the park.
Lake Manyara National Park is located in northern Tanzania, nestled between the Ngorongoro conservation area and Tarangire National Park. The lake is located about 80 miles west of Arusha and is around 125 square miles in size.
The park is known for tree climbing lions but we see that behavior in Serengeti far more than we do in Manyara. Highly habituated and close up elephants, baboons and vervet monkeys are all common. At the lake flamingoes and hippo are common sights. Bird life is outstanding and diverse.
- African Cape Buffalo
Below are some sample itineraries that include a visit to Lake Manyara:
Best Times to Go
This park is best explored during quiet times of year like March through May and November/December when you can appreciate the beauty without jockeying with crowds of vehicles. For the rare few who can stay deep within the park then anytime of year is great.
Below are some of the accommodations available for Lake Manyara. Click a link below for more information.