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Lake Manyara National Park Safari

Think of Lake Manyara as a baby safari, as an acclimatizing period before you go deal with the big boys. The natural beauty found in Lake Manyara is second to none, but the game viewing opportunities in the area feel somewhat pale, especially when compared to the ones found in the Serengeti. Lake Manyara covers 330 sq. ...

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Lake Manyara National Park Tour Reviews

4.8 - Excellent Based on 23 customer reviews
Thrilled in every way possible Reviewed Tour: 6 Day Taste of 'Real' Tanzania Safari Adventure
Tracy At
5 - Excellent
“Me and my fiance visited Africa few days ago and Arend Safaris gave us a safari to remember in Tanzania. I don't really know if this is how they treat everyone or it was just us but we felt like everyone went out of their way to make this safari greatest ever. We arrived in Arusha late afternoon and Protas our guide was there at the airport to pick us up.
We drove to the lodge for an amazing late lunch that was followed up by a wonderful city tour.
Later in the evening we went back to the lodge and waited for our big safari day.
Protas picked us up and off we went to the Tarangire park. Great park with lots of elephants and giraffes. We saw everything we could possibly see in the park and went to the lodge.
Next day we headed to the Ngorongoro. What a park. Tiny, beautiful evergreen, they called it a biggest caldera but I call it a magical park. What else could you want to see on safari than the big five? All of them with the aid of Protas who is an amazing spotter by the way. He showed us all we needed.
Just when we thought we've seen it all, Serengeti was there. I've been watching this adventures in National geographic since was a kid but finally everything I ever imagined was right before my eyes. What a spectacle. This endless plain is real and wonderful. It was raining during our season of visit but non of this was a problem. We enjoyed every moment stayed in this beautiful country.

Our final words are simply thrilling. Adventure was all worth it and very much recommendable. Luxury option is always a good idea as we can say. Go for luxury and don't forget to take Protas with you. He's such a life of a party. Never a dull moment around him.”
Excellent Reviewed Tour: 2 Days Safari - Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro
Kristina Benedikte Mork From Norway At
5 - Excellent
“Excellent”
Protas absolute very best Reviewed Tour: 7-Day Classic Tanzania Safari
Tommi Yeoming From New Zealand At
5 - Excellent
“our safari was very much made alive by our guide Protas. He went out of the way to make sure we were comfortable and enjoyed our trip from the beginning to the end. the Lodges were amazing, great food, great and helpful staff, and they all made our stay in Tansania great one. thank you till next time”
Great Tour Reviewed Tour: 7-Day Classic Tanzania Safari
Anonymous From Holland At
5 - Excellent
“I went to the safari last month and it was very good. I visited ngorongoro, serengeti and tarangire. Everything worked well from the beginning to the end. Thank you for good service... till next time”
It was an absolutely amazing experience! Reviewed Tour: 8-Day Camping Safari : Best of Tanzania
Kylie Mills From UK At
5 - Excellent
“My husband and I recently returned from a eight days safari in Tanzania, the wildlife was really exciting. We saw many animals in the nature. This was one of the best experiences we ever had. Everything was organised perfectly. Accommodation was superb and the game drives were exceptional. A special mention to our guide for being amazing. He was very friendly, but at the same time he also allowed us plenty of time to ourselves. I really suggest to you to do this.”
Awesome experience Reviewed Tour: 6 Days Adventure Camping Safari: Budget Style
Fatima Ahmed From Canada At
5 - Excellent
“Really enjoyed our time on this safari. Wonderful guide and cook, very caring. They accommodated dietary needs and were very patient with everyone in the group. The safari was beyond amazing. Absolutely loved it.”
Horrible Company Reviewed Tour: 3 Days African Safari
Amy L. Huang From USA At
2 - Poor
“I paid for a 4 day safari but only got a 3-day safari, plus I was told that it was really a 5 day safari and I missed a day.”
01 night in Lake Manyara & 01 day in Ngorongoro crater Reviewed Tour: 2-Day Tanzania Camping Safari
Arun Baikunthanath At
5 - Excellent
“It was a feel good safari trip, straight from heart !!! The tour manager of the company proved that, the social network site is enough to confirm everything on time.”
Our trip with William Reviewed Tour: 5-Day Affordable Safari Adventure in Tanzania
מאיה At
5 - Excellent
“We booked a trip with your company at the 26th of June and we had the privilege
to do the trip with William.
William was a great tour guide! He showd vast knowledge on everything from the animals to the nature that surrounded us. In addition, he greeted us warmly and was very nice throughout the whole trip.
There is no doubt in our minds that if we come back to Tanzania we will want to do more trips with William and if we will hear from anyone we know that they are going to Tanzania, we will recomend on Gosheni and especially on William.”

Lake Manyara National Park - Overview and Facts

Think of Lake Manyara as a baby safari, as an acclimatizing period before you go deal with the big boys. The natural beauty found in Lake Manyara is second to none, but the game viewing opportunities in the area feel somewhat pale, especially when compared to the ones found in the Serengeti.

Lake Manyara covers 330 sq. kms., making it one of the smallest national parks in Africa, but its small size does nothing to prevent it from supporting as many as 11 ecosystems and offering varied experiences. This can also be attributed to its altitude, which ranges from 953 meters to 1,445 meters. Since roughly two-thirds of the park is covered by the lake, a majority of the animals can be found in concentrated areas, making animal sightings easy and pleasurable. Lake Manyara National Park gets the following relevant safari ratings:

  • Wildlife Rating: 4 stars out of 5
  • Scenery Rating: 5 stars out of 5
  • Bush Vibe: 3 stars out of 5

Lake Manyara is most famous for its tree-climbing lions and thousands of flamingos, but it also hosts animals such as elephants, wildebeests, giraffes, buffalo, water bucks, impala, warthog, zebra, klipspringer, Kirk’s dik-dik and leopards. The park has a huge population of baboons as well, many of which rank among the largest in Africa.

Lions can be found climbing trees in other parks as well, but it is somewhat of a specialty here. Checking out an entire pride of lions resting in an acacia tree is sure to be the best experience of your African safari. And if you happen to capture that on film, expect your Instagram account to go crazy within moments! Who knows, you might even end up winning one of those Instagram contests!

Game drives during the daytime have always been popular, but Lake Manyara is one of those few national parks in Africa to introduce night safaris as well as camps inside the park. This opens up a wealth of opportunities for adventure and nature lovers and presents activities such as mountain biking, village trips, hiking and trekking.

Pros and Cons of Lake Manyara National Park

While many tours avoid Lake Manyara, we recommend you to take that extra step. Apart from the breathtaking scenery and stunning flamingo viewing opportunities, the park lets you see elephants from up close and offers easy accommodations, night safari experiences, and a vast diversity of birds and animals in a relatively small area. The park can get incredibly crowded between the months of June to July and October to April, but if you do manage to beat the crowds, this is as good as African expeditions get.

Accommodation in Lake Manyara

The most famous place to stay in Lake Manyara is the Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, the only one offering accommodation inside the park. Other places worth exploring can be found in Rift Valley, which is known to offer stunning views of the park. Your best options here would be the Lake Manyara Serena Lodge and the Kirurumu Tented Camp. Some tourists also stay in lodges located in the Karatu area. The best bets here are Gibbs Farm and the Plantation Lodge, with both offering easy access to Lake Manyara.

Best Season to Visit Lake Manyara

The months of July to October see very little rainfall and are the best months to visit Lake Manyara and meet its animal population. However, those in love with birds,canoeing and serene waterfalls would find the area to be more attractive during the wet season, i.e., the months of November to June.

Extend Your Vacation from Lake Manyara

While you might be able to check out as many as 100 species of birds on any given day, Lake Manyara isn’t the best place to spot carnivores. Those tree-climbing lions are an obvious charm, but the game drive isn’t the same. So it always makes sense to add one of the following experiences into your Lake Manyara adventures, especially since both attractions are located quite close to the park.

  • Serengeti National Park: Home to the Great Migration, the Serengeti needs no introduction. The best thing to do here is to lose yourself (with a guide obviously) and discover new species at every step. Click here to find out more about Serengeti adventures.
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Center: The Ngorongoro Conservation Center is your best bet of seeing the Big 5 on the same day. It is also one of those few places in Africa where you could see the elusive black rhino.
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