Lake Manyara National Park


Name: Lake Manyara National Park
Country: Tanzania

Lake Manyara is a scenic gem stretching for 50km along the base of the rusty-gold 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment. It is a Tanzanian national park located both in Arusha region and Manyara Region.

It provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife.


Lake Manyara is home to a variety of wildlife such as leopards, lions, elephants, blue monkeys, dik-dik, gazelle, hippo, giraffe, impala and many more which inhabit the park and they can be seen throughout the year.

More than 400 species of birds inhabit the park and many remain throughout the year. Because of this Lake Manyara National Park is a good spot for bird watching. Visitors to the park can expect to see upwards of 100 different species on any day.

Climatic Conditions

Lake Manyara has a warm temperate climate with warm summers and dry winters.

Major Attractions

Lake Manyara National Park is known for the flamingos that inhabit the lake. During the wet season they inhabit the edges of the lake in flocks of thousands but they are not so present during the dry season.


It is located in northern Tanzania about 126km west of Arusha close to the town of Mto wa Mbu.

Getting there

  • By Road: Road transfers to the park
  • By Air: Flights from Arusha en route to Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

Best time to visit

During the dry season (July to October) and the wet season (November to June)


  • Game viewing drives
  • Night game drives
  • Cultural tours
  • Picnicking
  • Bush meals
  • Mountain biking
  • Abseiling
  • Forest walks


Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

Standing high on the edge of towering terracotta with panoramic views over the glittering alkaline waters of Lake Manyara, Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of tranquillity, wildl...

Maramboi Tented Camp

Maramboi Tented Camp offers a unique opportunity to experience and explore the Tarangire and Manyara eco-system. This camp offers permamnet facilities and endless vistas of rolling golden grasslands a...


Lake Manyara Wildlife lodge is strategically located on the very edge of the vertiginous western escarpment of the Rift Valley, affording magnificent views down across the whole lake. This lodge invit...