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Lake Manyara national park -Tanzania

Lake Manyara national park

This is a remarkable destination/terminus for tourism positioned in Arusha & Manyara sections near Arusha town, this park is also part of the grander lake Manyara planet reserve & it springs over an area of about 325 km 2 seated at the foundation of the Rift valley escarpment at an altitude series of 3,130-6,742 ft. Most of the park’s land is a slim band consecutively between the Gregory rift wall to the west & lake Manyara to the East.

Lake Manyara National Park –History

Historically it is stated that Lake Manyara National Park is seated on area of former sport hunting expanse due to the fact that it has a plentiful of wildlife species explored to stay in the area of which it was recognized a game reserve in 1957 & in 1960 the reserve was elevated to a National Park. But then originally Lake Manyara National Park occupied a trivial expanse/space than it is today since pieces of land was continually added to the park’s space and due to the fact that the great ecology was preserved in the park, it was then affirmed as a UNESCO site.

Lake Manyara National Park –Attractions


One of the climaxes in this National Park is the series of wildlife, Lake Manyara National Park does shelter a total of big populace of animals which does flourish in the short savannah grassland with a combination of shrubs which control the park. The big populace of animals recognized in this park and highly considered by tourists as their best are Leopards, tree climbing lions, Elephants, Giraffes, wildebeest, Antelopes, Zebras, Hippos, the infrequent Hyenas, cape clawless otter, pairs of Klipspringer which are normally seen matching on the rocks in the distant south section of the park. Lake Manyara also shelters the ruling broken forests which are a home to the existing primates with the hugest populace of Baboons totaling to about hundreds, plus other primates involve Blue monkey, Olive Baboon, to mention but a few.


This park is a birding bliss since it shelters a series of bird species, about 400 species and they normally stay in the swampy vegetation around Lake Manyara & the park, savannah grasslands and forests. Lake Manyara National Park does shelter a total of bird species involving pink shade flamingos, spoonbills, egrets, stalks, herons, waders, created guinea fowl, African grey hornbill, African hawk eagle, African jacana, African spoonbill, great white pelican, greater flamingo, grey crowned crane, hammerkop, hottentot teal, little stint, pied avocet, pied kingfisher, silvery –cheeked hornbill, southern ground hornbill, von der decken’s hornbill, yellow-billed stork, pelicans, etc.

Lake Manyara

This is one of the greatest attractions in this park, this lake is a closed basin lake nourished by underground springs because it has gotten no flows. Lake Manyara shields a surface area of 181.5 m 2 and a depth of 3.7 m which ranks it the 7th largest lake in Tanzania by exterior/surface. This lake breeds a total of fish species including tilapia, catfish as the prime species but also this lake is congested with a closet of flamingos which are spotted feeding via the peak of the lake in the wet season and with this lake Manyara is recognized as the protruding attraction in the National Park.

Activities in Lake Manyara National Park.

Game drives in this National park which enables you to widely spot the big animal populace like Buffalos, tree climbing lions, Elephants, leopards which are easily viewed grazing and drifting in the park and with the fact that this park shelters a total of wildlife, but more other animals you will spot we have the zebras, hyenas, bushbucks, giraffes, plus primates like olive baboons 7 blue monkeys. This National Park does provide the finest game drive tours/trips because it is spotted by attractive serene settings twisted by the Escarpments, the lake bed, short grassland and corridors of forests.

This activity in Lake Manyara National Park is done in sessions of morning, afternoon, plus the night game drive sessions when wanting to spot the nocturnal animals like lions. And the best time to engage in wildlife spotting in this National Park is in the month period of June-October (peak season) and the vegetation in the park is moderately short thus providing easy spotting of the wildlife therein.

Bird watching since this park does shelter a total of bird species, about 400 bird species, so then this makes this activity possible in Lake Manyara National Park. Therefore, this park is highly recognized as a port for bird fervent tourists. There is a total of birds one can watch in this park like pink shade flamingos, spoonbills, egrets, stalks, herons, waders, created guinea fowl, African grey hornbill, African hawk eagle, African jacana, African spoonbill, great white pelican, greater flamingo, grey crowned crane, hammerkop, hottentot teal, little stint, pied avocet, etc.

This National Park (Lake Manyara), does also obtain wandering bird species in the months of November & April, though the best time to engage in bird watching activity is during the above mentioned months, and in this period wandering birds are in this park and it is an upbringing fuzz of birds.

Nature walk is another activity you can engage in this park in order to relish the loveliness of it and the activity is normally embarked on in the afternoon after the game drives. This activity does involve one to walk on feet traversing via the far-fetched plains for the park. In the process of your walking on feet you get the chance to relish sights of Manyara & the rift valley, plus animals residing in the park like zebras, baboons, impala, infrequent tree climbing lions, Elephants, hippos, etc.

Accommodation in Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park is spotted with many attractive accommodation services which do provide a relaxing atmosphere for you when you stay there for your safari. It provides services like amenities and delicious meal plans, relaxing beds and are all positioned both inside and outside the locations of the National Park and these involve Manyara tree lodge, Manyara ranch conservancy, Lake Manyara plantation lodge, lake Burunge tented camp, lake Manyara wildlife safari camp, lake Manyara hotel, Eunoto retreat Manyara, Kiruruma tented lodge, etc.

Travel options to Lake Manyara National Park

This is a very accessible tourist terminus positioned in the most prominent northern route of Tanzania, and tours to Manyara National Park normally begin from Arusha town, and still though this park can be reached using either Air transport /Road Transport. The finest means by booking a flight to Arusha town using Kilimanjaro International Airport, Arusha Airport or Julius Nyerere International Airport, and by use of Air transport from Arusha town –chartered domestic flights are obtainable/accessible from Arusha town to Manyara Airstrip and then a transfer to the park head offices takes about 10 minutes.

And by road, this park is positioned in the southwest of Arusha covering a distance of 126 km, and once transferring by car, the park is easily reached within 1-2 hrs to the prime entrance gate.

Best time to visit Lake Manyara National Park

This is an outstanding, remarkable park blessed with an attractive array of wildlife and setting which is incredible to spot and provide the finest tour/safari experience in Tanzania. Touring this park is fine year in and year out but then the best time to visit is the peak season which involves months of June –September. This season is absolutely dry with short grass jacket hence providing easy and ceaseless sights of the animals in the park, plus the picturesque plains of this lake (Manyara).