Lake Manyara National Park is a superb example of what the rift valley has to offer, a scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway “as the loveliest I had ever seen in Africa”. Established in the 1960’s it covers 330square kilometers of which 1/3 of this area is the lake itself. Home to an incredible birdlife, famous tree climbing lions and its breathtaking scenery is a marvel within the Park.
Lake Manyara National Park Distance from Arusha
By Road: Located southwest of Arusha, Lake Manyara National Park is in a distance of 126 kilometers from Arusha and only takes 1 ½ to 2 hours to reach the entrance gate.
By Air: Charter and scheduled flights are also available from Arusha, Ngorongoro, and Serengeti which land at Manyara Airstrip on the escarpment 10 minutes’ drive from the park.
Lake Manyara National Park Weather and Climate
Lake Manyara is mild and temperate with an altitude range from 954 – 2055 meters; it is rarely hot but is always cold during the evening and morning. Lake Manyara National Park is usually warm and dry interrupted by two rainy seasons during the months of March to May and a shorter season in October and November.
Lake Manyara National Park Accommodation
Several accommodation facilities are available within and around Lake Manyara National Park, these camps and lodges are strategically located overlooking the seemingly endless plains with sweeping views of the Park. They include Lake Manyara Serena Lodge and Lake Manyara Tree Lodge.
Best time to visit Lake Manyara National Park
Game-viewing is at its best between June and September, while bird-watchers will find the best conditions between November and June.
Lake Manyara National Park Safari
Lake Manyara National Park safari packages offered by DK Grand Safaris include; photographic safaris, private safaris, honeymoon safari, customized packages, family safari, and group safari. These safari packages include; accommodation, safari with 4×4 Land cruisers, game drives, Lake Manyara National Park fees and Lake Manyara National Park entry fee, professional guides etc.
Lake Manyara National Park Animals
The diverse habitats surrounding the lake attract many species of mammals such as baboons, elephants, wildebeest, buffalo, hippopotamus, impala, bushbuck, waterbuck, zebra, giraffe, mongoose, warthog, leopards, and the famous tree-climbing lions.
Over 380 bird species have been noted at the park which includes the flamingoes; Africa fish eagle, francolins, whistling ducks, sacred ibis, spoonbill, cape teal, yellow-billed duck, little grebe, saddle-billed storks, marabou stork, cattle egret, goliath herons.
Other common birds at Lake Manyara include; crowned crane, plovers, pigeons, owls, cuckoo, woodpeckers, shrikes, sunbirds, weavers, lilac breasted rollers, doves, etc.
Lake Manyara National Park Attractions
- Wildlife viewing
- Tree climbing lions
- Lake Manyara
- Mto Wa Mbu Village
- Towering termite mounds that dot the landscape.
- Waterbirds in abundance most especially Flamingoes
- Maji Moto Springs
Safari to Lake Manyara National Park
DK Grand Safaris
Chief Park Warden
P.O. Box 12 – MTO WA MBU