Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park

Experience unrivalled sightings of thousands of flamingos and tree-climbing lions on a once-in-a-lifetime safari to Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania. The park’s varied landscape, from steep mountainsides to dense woodlands and soda lakes, supports a multitude of wildlife species to be spotted on your Tanzania holiday.

Wildlife to spot on your safari

A wildlife safari to Lake Manyara National Park will bring you to the north of Tanzania. Part of the base of the East Rift Valley Escarpment, the park offers a diversity of landscapes, from steep mountainsides to dense woodlands. Lake Manyara is a shallow alkaline lake and when full, the lake is no more than three metres deep and covers about two-thirds of the 325 square kilometres the national park occupies. In extreme dry periods, the surface area of the lake shrinks as the waters evaporate and at times the lake has dried up completely.

In addition to its breathtaking scenery, you can expect to marvel at the famous tree-climbing lions of Lake Manyara National Park on your vacation to Tanzania. The park is also home to a healthy elephant population while buffalo herds of up to 300 individual animals have been recorded. Some of the other wildlife to be spotted while on safari in Tanzania, include lion, hyena, jackal, giraffe, bushbuck and warthog. 

The soda lakes of Manyara attract an abundance of lesser and greater flamingos, causing a stunning explosion of pink across blue waters as thousands of these birds flock to feed on the algae. There are around 400 bird species you can observe during your Tanzania holiday in Lake Manyara. The escarpment’s ecosystem as well as the lake and its riverine habitat is a haven for birdlife, including species like pink-backed pelicans, yellow-billed storks, grey herons, palm-nut vultures and  Ayre’s hawk-eagles. 

Flamingos, Tanzania
Flamingos, Tanzania

Activities and Experiences in Lake Manyara

Merely one and a half hours from Arusha, Lake Manyara is the perfect stopover on the way to the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park and will turn your safari to Tanzania into the most memorable of journeys. Explore the park on a game drive, by day or night, and observe countless animals as they traverse the spectacular landscape. Learn more about the local fauna and flora as a professional guide follows the various tracks, always on the lookout for the next jaw-dropping sighting.   

Opt for a different kind of excursion with a canoe safari on Lake Manyara and take your holiday to Tanzania to the next level. Observe hippos wallowing in the water, elephants come to drink at the water’s edge and the antics of water birds like the lesser and greater flamingos. Get a sweeping view of the world from above when taking to the Lake Manyara Treetop Walkway on your Tanzania vacation. Qualified tour guides will lead you on the 370-metre-long walkway, which is 18 metres from the ground, all the while sharing interesting information about the natural surroundings. 

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