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Well known for its tree climbing lions, Soda Ash Lake and flamingoes, Lake Manyara national park is one of the tourist spot in Tanzania which has attracted tourists from all across the globe. Located on the way to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, Lake Manyara National Park is worth a stop in its own right. The park offers a unique wilderness experience in diverse habitats making it an ideal spot in Tanzania for wildlife viewing. The shores of the lake, covered with pink flamingo, attract more than 400 species of birds, many of them waterfowl or migrants. The diverse landscape offers visitors stunning views of the escarpment and lake surroundings. Located a short 90-minute drive from Arusha and its airport, Lake Manyara is easy to reach and a convenient add-on to visitors exploring the surrounding Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park. The park in Tanzania provide visitors with excellent game viewing opportunities during dry season while the winter months attract an abundance of birdlife and rushing waterfalls. Apart from the lions, the national park is also home to the largest concentration of baboons and elephants which is a sight to behold. Large herds of buffalo, cheetah, Masai giraffe and impala can also be seen around in the park.

Places To visit In Lake Manyara

Lake Manyara Hippo Pool

Home to large number hippos, Lake Manyara hippo Pool is one of the famous tourist attractions in Tanzania. It is also surrounded by marshland that is frequented by a large number of animals and birds. It is one of the few areas in the park where visitors are allowed to alight from their vehicle.

Lake Manyara Treetop Walkway

Built high in the canopy of Lake Manyara national park's groundwater forest, Treetop enables visitors to get a bird's eye view of the park as well as get closer to monkeys and birds in the tree tops. Walk among the treetops and experience untouched nature and wildlife from a unique perspective.

Groundwater forest

Situated at the northern end of the Lake Manyara national Park, Groundwater forest is a dense forest which gets its supply of water from the underground rivers. It is home to several species of monkeys and birds, along with the country's first treetop canopy walkway.

Maji Moto Kubwa hot spring

Located on a narrow strip of land between the rift valley escarpment and lake Manyara‘s western shores, Maji Moto Kubwa hot spring is one of the top things to do in Tanzania which has attracted tourists from across the globe.

Lake Manyara Board walk

Built above the swampy Maji moto kubwa hot springs, board walk is a wooden structure with a width of 1.5 m and 1.5 m above the ground. It gives visitors a chance to safely explore the hot springs from above, as well as preserve the unique ecosystem of the area.

Msasa ranger post

Situated near the north eastern shores of Lake Manyara national park, Msasa ranger post is a unique location that provides amazing views of the lake, the river and its gorge to the south as well as the rift valley wall to the North West.

Endalla Picnic Site

One of the famous picnic sites in Tanzania, Endalla picnic site is located inside Lake Manyara national park which has attracted thousands of tourists every year. It is a site where visitors can park their vehicles and have a bush meal along the breathtaking view of the Lake.

Best Time To Visit Lake Manyara

Lake Manyara is a year round destination and can be visited throughout the year. The climate never overheats at Lake Manyara, where average daytime temperatures peak at around 29°C/84°F in the Wet season that is from November to May. The dry season of July to October is the best time to visit Lake Manyara national park as it is the best time to visit Lake Manyara for watching game that comes to lake from other ranges as water sources dry up. For wildlife viewing, Lake Manyara can be visited anytime of the year but at its best from late June to October, you can witness abundant wildlife which is a sight to watch. 

Things To Do In Lake Manyara

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Visit the Treetop walkway

The treetop walkway allows the visitors to have a thrilling sky-high adventure straight through the forest. This 370 m air walk lets you to walk right among the treetops, giving you a bird's eye view of the forest.

Bird watching

Lake Manyara National Park may be one of the best tourist spot in Tanzania but it is paradise for bird lovers. A majority of birds can be seen often migrate from Lake Natron where they breed, to Lake Manyara which acts as their feeding ground.

Enjoy day and night game drives

Lake Manyara is well known for its nocturnal experience as it shows diverse ecosystem through night game drives. Lake Manyara is also known for its population of big cats, with lions being seen both during the day as they sleep, and at night when they are on the prowl.

Canoeing in Lake Manyara

Lake Manyara national Park is one of the few national parks in Tanzania that offers canoeing to the travelers. For those who are looking for some adventure at the park, canoeing can be the right choice. This adventure activity in Tanzania allows you get up close and personal with the aquatic species and bird species such as the pink flamingoes that gather near the water to relax and relieve their thirst.

Experience Maasai Culture

The well known Maasai village surrounds Lake Manyara and showcases the tribal culture and lifestyle of the Maasai people. Taste the local cuisine, mingle with the locals, to understand the rich culture of Tanzania better.

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Journey of wildebeest

Duration: 4N / 5D

Lake Manyara (1N) - Serengeti National Park (2N) - Ngorongoro (1N) - Arusha

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Northern Tanzania With Zanzibar

Duration: 10N / 11D

Arusha (1N) - Lake Manyara (1N) - Ngorongoro (2N) - Serengeti National Park (2N) - Zanzibar (3N) - Dar Es Salaam (1N)

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Wonders of Kenya and Tanzania

Duration: 9N / 10D

Lake Nakuru (1N) - Masai Mara (2N) - Serengeti National Park (2N) - Ngorongoro (2N) - Lake Manyara (2N)

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How to Reach Lake Manyara

By Air: The nearest international airport to Lake Manyara is Arusha airport. There’s an airstrip near the park gate and return daily flight from Arusha is available for the travelers.  You can also charter a plane Arusha.

By Road: Located southwest of Arusha, Lake Manyara National Park is in a distance of 126 kilometers and can easily be reached by car. The drive from Arusha takes approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours to reach the entrance gate. On arrival at the park, you would need to rent a vehicle to enter the park via the gateway village which is accessible by bus.

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