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Experience The World's Greatest Animal Migration Safari

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9 Day Treasures Of East Africa [&Beyond All-inclusive]

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5 Days Safari - Manyara,Ngorongoro And Serengeti

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8-Day Camping Safari : Best Of Tanzania

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Avocet Tanzania Safaris ltd
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5Days Camping Lake Manyara/ Serengeti/ Ngorongoro Crater

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8-Day Ultimate Romantic Beach And Bush Celebration

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Enosa Expeditions
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4 Days Safari - Manyara, Ngorongoro And Serengeti

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7-Day Classic Tanzania Safari

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  • Operator Arend Safaris
  • Next Departures May 29 May 30
From US$ 4,200 7 days
Greg Adventures
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4 Day Safari: Lake Manyara / Serengeti / Ngorongoro

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14 Day Family Safari In Tanzania (3 Pax)

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Tanzania On Foot
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7 Day Safari In Serengeti And Ngorongoro Crater

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Face of Africa Adventures
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Shared Cost Safaris In Tanzania's Northern Circuit

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5 Days Safari:Lake Manyara, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater

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Simba Adventures Ltd
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Adventure Camping Safari: Budget Style

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Dunia Tours & Safaris
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4 Days Safari In Lake Manyara, Serengeti, & Ngoro Crater

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  • Operator Dunia Tours & Safaris
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From US$ 1,050 4 days
Across Africa Nature
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5N/6D Northern Safari Circuit - Authentic Camping Safari

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From US$ 2,450 6 days
Face of Africa Adventures
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Budget Safari In Tanzania

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From US$ 1,000 4 days
Sayari Tano Tours & Safaris
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4 Days Tarangire, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater

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From US$ 900 4 days

Greatest Show On Earth In Tanzania

  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
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4 Days Luxury Tented Camp

  • Starts Arusha
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Intrepid Travel
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Serengeti Trail

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  • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Intrepid Travel
  • Next Departures Jun 10 Jun 24
From US$ 1,750 US$ 1,400 8 days
 Wild Safaris and Travel
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10 Days Kenya And Tanzania Budget Camping Safari

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Northern Masailand Safaris
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Tanzania Safari In Style

  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Northern Masailand Safaris
  • Next Departures May 28 May 29
From US$ 4,720 13 days

Predators Interaction Safari In Tanzania

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Lake Manyara National Park

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 1445 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
  • Scenery Rating: 5
  • Bush Vibe: 3

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 visiting Lake Manyara

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.

Lake Manyara National Park - Accommodation

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.

Lake Manyara National Park - Best Season

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. Click here to find out more about Ngorongoro itineraries.

Customer Reviews for Lake Manyara National Park

4.6 - Excellent Based on 18 reviews
Tanzania tented safari Reviewed Tour: Classic Tanzania Safari
1 - Very poor
“My overall experience of this trip was 'satisfactory' only because I saw lots of animals. Our Landrover though was ancient, slow and needed stones behind the wheel to hold it when parked. We were in a group of 3 vehicles and the petrol tank fell of off one and meant that 7 people had to be accommodated in the other 2 for 4 hours on very rough roads. The breaks on another were so questionable it had to be replace (with another old vehicle) None of the drivers were in charge and because of this departure times etc were chaotic because different drivers have different instructions and would only travel together. The Exodus rep on arrival was poor, reading out the trip notes and giving no additional information. She was more concerned in us appointing a leader who would collect all tips straight away for the whole trip (thousands of dollars) - we refused. We were in tents five nights not four. One of the tents (2 nights) had seen better days. Packed lunches were left for hours in the sun. We spent hours travelling on roads - exacerbated because of the age of the vehicles which could not travel at speed - we were overtaken constantly.”
CLASSIC TANZANIA SAFARI Reviewed Tour: Classic Tanzania Safari
3 - Average
“This is a great, if not basic way to experience the African bush and take in the beautiful starry night skies. However, do be prepared for the fact that there are long days spent in the vehicle with very little opportunity to stretch the legs, an activity holiday this is not!  I would also strongly recommend you take binnoculars, not all the game is conveniently located by the side of the road.”
Terrific Tanzania! Reviewed Tour: Classic Tanzania Safari
5 - Excellent
“This trip offered an amazing wildlife spectacle! It definitely boosted my photography porfolio which was my objective. Listening to lions roar at night was amazing! Seeing Cheetah, Lions and Leapords all before breakfast was something I will never forget.”
We saw the big five! Reviewed Tour: Classic Tanzania Safari
4 - Very Good
“We had a fantastic guide/driver, (Julius), who was a great animal spotter. We saw the big five! However, seven people in one vehicle meant we had to take turns to take photos.”
CLASSIC TANZANIA SAFARI (Lodge Departure) Reviewed Tour: Classic Tanzania Safari
5 - Excellent
“A brilliant trip from start to finish. I was amazed at how much we saw on the drives. There was nothing that we didn't see. Everything from Lions eating, to a Leopard relaxing up a tree, to Elephants rolling around in mud. Not to mention scores of Zebra, Wildebeest, and Giraffe and even a well hidden Cheetah.”
Julie Kersey Reviewed Tour: Classic Tanzania Safari
5 - Excellent
“This was not only our first trip with Exodus but our first safari and we were not disappointed. We were well looked after and our leader and drivers were extremely knowledgable which made for a very enjoyable and interesting trip. It was a busy schedule visiting four different areas, Lake Manyara, the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and finally Tarangire Safari Park, each one slightly different. Our group were in two Land Cruisers on Game Drives every day, we could sit and enjoy the scenery and stop to watch an amazing amount of wildlife. It was a privilege to see the wildebeest migrating it was amazing to see them across the plains on the Serengeti as far as the eye could see; a photograph just couldn't capture the image, you had to just spend time looking at the view. I would certainly go on a safari again.”
Awesome Experience with SafariBook Evolution Reviewed Tour: 4 Days Serengeti, Manyara, Ngorongoro Safari Tour
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5 - Excellent
“I just finished my 4 days Tanzania Safari. I joined a group of 5 people, strangers but came to find out we all come from the same country which was a welcomed coincidence. We had a great time with our guide James and stomach doctor Buri. Steve with communication was perfect, quick and professional. I had read a scary review but he assured me that their service is perfect and they have their own office and vehicles. I took a risk and it was worth it. We met at their office in Arusha Centre Tourist Inn before the safari for payments, then proceed the safari which was more than I ever imagined or expected. The entire 4 days to Manyara Serengeti Ngorongoro crater was handled professionally and I have high standards.
I really liked Safari Book Evolution. We managed to see all wild animals and the service was great. It was an excellent option in terms of value for money. James, Buri and Steve I will never forget you, thank you all for the experience.”
The best experience-Serengeti Reviewed Tour: The Great Migration - 8 Days
Anonymous From Kenya At
4 - Very Good
“One of the loveliest areas lies in the heart of the park, where the Seronera river meanders across the plains, creating a linear paradise of Senegal palms and fever trees in which to look for leopards.Thanks to hope adventures we didnt have trouble discovering that.We enjoyed the best service.”
The amazing safari of a lifetime Reviewed Tour: Travel and Leisure - 5 days
Nicholaus Malima From Tanzania At
5 - Excellent
“I experienced a paradise like safari. I never imagined that I would enjoy beyond measure in Tanzania, the land of wonderful creatures. The wonderful wild life like giraffe, elephants, and lions”
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