Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara is one of Tanzania’s finest gems, stretching more than 30 miles (50 km) along the base of the Rift Valley escarpment. Explore this natural beauty, a great spot for bird watching and home to a large diversity of wildlife, with the help of your expert guide.

The Lake Manyara National Park is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located African wildlife areas, consisting of a massive but shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park) at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment.

The grassy floodplain, contrasting starkly with the intimacy of the forest, with expansive views eastward across the alkaline lake to the jagged blue volcanic peaks rising from the endless Maasai Steppes. See the large buffalo, wildebeest, and zebra herds congregating on the grassy plains.

Manyara National Park provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s bird life. More than 400 species have been recorded in the area, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large water birds such as pelicans, cormorants, and storks.



Lake Manyara National Park offers many activities to the safari tourists.

  • Birding Safari
  • Culture Tour (Maasaiboma)
  • Wildlife Safari (Day and Night game Safari)
  • Mountain Biking, Forest walk, Canoeing Safari
  • Natural Walking Safari and Treetop Walkway
  • Camping Safari, Horse and Camel Riding
  • Sundowners, Bush Lunch and Dinner

Getting there


Most travellers visit the Manyara National Park from Arusha town, Kilimanjaro airport or as part of a bigger package, including a visit to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Tarangire.

The best option to access all parks of the northern circuit is from Arusha, Moshi, Dodoma and you get direct to Arusha is to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), which is situated about 46km/29mi from Arusha. It is also possible to fly into Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) or Zanzibar international airport (ZNZ), and fly on to Arusha Airport (ARK) or Mwanza International Airport (JRO)

By road, you can drive by our safari vehicle

By chartered or scheduled, small aircraft on chartered or scheduled flights, is to fly into Manyara airport, and you will be picked up from airport by our safari vehicle.



The popular stop-off national park on the way to Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater offers several accommodations options budget, mid-range and to Luxury, A luxury treehouse-style camp, public bandas and campsites inside the park, One luxury tented camp and three lodges perched on the Rift Wall outside the park, Several lodges, camps and guest houses and campsites in nearby Mto wa Mbu.


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