Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park is located in both Manyara Regions and Arusha Region, Northern Tanzania. It is under the administration and protection of the Tanzania National Parks Authority.

It is about 126 km south west of Arusha and neighbors Tarangire National Park. Wildlife migrates between these two parks through the Kwakuchinja corridor.

Lake Manyara National Park habitat consists of Lake Manyara (a soda lake which is nearly nonexistent during the dry season), arid land and a forest. This park is 302 km² in terms of area but it is home to a wide variety of wildlife and bird species.

It is well known for the flamingos that inhabit the lake on the edges in flocks of thousands during the wet season. They disappear during the dry season.

Due to its small size, this area can be traversed by jeep in a matter of hours as you enjoy the wildlife and the great Lake Manyara National Park sceneries.

Lake Manyara National Park Attractions

Why is this park popular? Here are the Lake Manyara National Park facts.

  • It has a variety of wildlife-including big game
  • The flamingos-seen during the wet season in flocks of thousands
  • Lake Manyara-covers the biggest part of the park during the wet seasons and it is almost nonexistent during the dry period. This alkaline lake covers about 201 km² when full.
  • Olduvai Gorge & Laetoli-the Cradle of Mankind
  • Close to Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai-the Mountain of God
  • Close to Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and Arusha National Park
  • Close to Lake Natron and Lake Eyasi

Lake Manyara National Park Animals/Wildlife

The park has a variety of wildlife which includes; the elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, leopard, zebra, giraffe, lion, cheetah, gazelle, hippo, monkey, dik-dik, and squirrel.

There is a hippo pond in the park viewed by visitors at a safe distance. The lions here are unique because they are the tree-climbing ones.

It has over 400 species of birds including the flamingos.

Lake Manyara covers the biggest part of the park during the wet seasons and it is almost nonexistent during the dry period. This alkaline lake covers about 201 km² when full.

Thing to do in Manyara national Park

You can indulge in a number of activities which include:-

  • Game viewing-day and night game drives are available
  • Bird watching
  • Boat and canoeing-in Lake Manyara
  • Horse and camel riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Nature walks-it has great sceneries such as Lake Manyara
  • Camping

Lake Manyara National Park Climate & Weather


The area annual average temperature is about 24°C

 During the day, temperatures are fair. The area can be very cold early in the morning and during the evening.


Dry seasons are from July-October and sometimes from January-February.

Wet Seasons: short rains are from November- December while the long rains begin from March-June

Best Time to Visit 

To watch large mammals, the best time to visit is during the dry seasons i.e. July-October, when animals stay close to the soda lake and watering holes.

For bird watching, wet seasons are favorable when birds such as flamingos flock in thousands on the edges of the soda lake

What to Carry/Wear on Lake Manyara National Park Safari

  • Insect repellent especially the Mosquito
  • Also picnic items, drinking water, camera, and guide book
  • Wear sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to avoid the scorching sun
  • Flashlight
  • Light and Warm clothes
  • Waterproof bag

How to get there

By Road-from Arusha, Lake Manyara National Park is about 1 26 km away. This means it is almost a 2-hour drive.

By Air-using the Kilimanjaro International Airport which is about 46 km from Arusha.

The best and the cheapest option are to fly to Nairobi through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and then join Kenya Safari to Lake Manyara or take a shuttle to Arusha.

Lake Manyara National Park Entrance Fees/Charges

Charges are as follows:

Non-East African Citizens (USD): Adults 45 Child 15
East African Citizens and Tanzania Expatriates (USD): Adult 23 Child 8
Tanzania Citizens (TSH): Adult 10,000 Child 2,000

NB: Entry is free for all children below 5 yrs.

Lake Manyara National Park Accommodation

Hotels and Lodges near Lake Manyara include:-

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  • Corfields Camps
  • Burudika Manyara Lodge
  • Africa Sunrise and Lodge
  • Karatu Forest Tented Camp
  • Pembeni Rhotia
  • Kudu Lodge and Campsite
  • Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
  • Morona Hill Lodge
  • Tanzanice Farm Lodge
  • Hhando Coffee Lodge
  • Rift Valley Photographic Lodge
  • African Wagtail Lodge
  • Eco-hostel Karatu
  • Ngorongoro Lodge
  • Roika Tarangire Tented Lodges
  • Mawemawe Manyara Lodge
  • Tarangire River Camp
  • Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp
  • Ecoscience Luxury Lodge
  • Africa Safari Glamping
  • Morona Hill Lodge
  • Escarpment Luxury Lodge

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