Tree climbing lions in Lake Manyara National Park

89 Trips in Lake Manyara National Park with 42 Reviews

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2 Days Safari - Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro

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So happy that I booked with Simba Adventures. Had a great two days safari, exploring the best of Lak ...
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Operator Simba Adventures Ltd
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives
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  • Age Range5 to 79 years old
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7 Days Tarangire, Serengti, Ngorongo, Manyara & Eyasi

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We have been contacted by the tour organizer, Gabriel, the day before the trip started. We then met ...
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Operator Sayari Tano Tours & Safaris
  • Activities Explorer
  • Accommodation Hotel, Camping & Tent
  • Age Range5 to 79 years old
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  • Starts Moshi, Tanzania
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5 days Safari - Manyara,Ngorongoro and Serengeti

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We saw sights I will never forget. Our guide made a great effort to allow us to see rare events
  • Operator Enosa Expeditions Active 50 minutes ago
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives
  • Accommodation Camping, Tent & Hotel
  • Transport Private Vehicle
  • Age Range5 to 79 years old
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6 Days Adventure Camping Safari: Budget Style

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Really enjoyed our time on this safari. Wonderful guide and cook, very caring. They accommodated die ...
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4 Days Serengeti, Manyara, Ngorongoro Safari Tour

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Incredible experience! My wife and I just got back from our trip to East Africa. For the first leg ...
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Operator SafariBook Evolution Active 49 minutes ago
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives
  • Accommodation Camping & Tent
  • Age Range5 to 99 years old
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8-Day Camping Safari : Best of Tanzania

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My husband and I recently returned from a eight days safari in Tanzania, the wildlife was really exc ...
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Operator Simba Adventures Ltd
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives & Adventure
  • Accommodation Camping & Hotel
  • Transport 4x4 Jeep & Private Vehicle
  • Age Range5 to 79 years old
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4 Days Safari in Lake Manyara, Serengeti, & Ngoro Crater

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4 day wildlife safaris and game drives tour in Tanzania, visiting Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park and Arusha. Read More
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  • Starts Moshi, Tanzania
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4 Days Safari - Manyara, Ngorongoro and Serengeti

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4 day wildlife safaris and game drives trip in Tanzania, visiting Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Read More
  • Operator Enosa Expeditions Active 50 minutes ago
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives
  • Accommodation Camping, Tent & Hotel
  • Transport Private Vehicle
  • Age Range5 to 79 years old
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  • Starts Arusha, Tanzania
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5 Days - Budget Lodging Safari in North Tanzania

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5 day wildlife safaris and game drives tour in Tanzania, visiting Arusha, Lake Manyara National Park and Serengeti National Park. Read More
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Operator Travel Booking Guide Ltd
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives
  • Accommodation Hotel, Lodge & Eco Lodge
  • Transport Private Vehicle
  • Age Range5 to 79 years old
From US$ 1,402 05 days View Tour
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8 Days Tembo Safari in Several National Parks

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8 day wildlife safaris and game drives tour through Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and 3 other destinations in Tanzania. Read More
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Operator Savannah Explorers Limited
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives
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  • Age Range5 to 79 years old
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7-Day Safari Camping Adventure in Northern Tanzania

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7 day wildlife safaris and game drives tour through Dar Es Salaam, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and 3 other destinations in Tanzania. Read More
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  • Operator Travel Booking Guide Ltd
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives
  • Accommodation Camping, Tent & Hotel
  • Transport Private Vehicle
  • Age Range5 to 79 years old
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  • Starts Arusha, Tanzania
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6 Days Affordable Safari

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6 day wildlife safaris and game drives tour in Tanzania, visiting Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara and Serengeti National Park. Read More
  • Operator Agama Tours and Safaris
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives
  • Accommodation Camping, Sleeping Hut, Hut & Hotel
  • Transport 4x4 Jeep & Private Vehicle
  • Age Range5 to 79 years old
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3 Day Tanzania Safari Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro

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We have just finished a 3 night safari - Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorogoro crater. Our driver wa ...
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Lake Manyara, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Wildlife Tour

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5 day wildlife safaris and game drives trip in Tanzania, visiting Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Read More
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Lake Manyara National Park Tour Reviews

5 - Excellent
Based on 42 customer reviews
Excellent Reviewed Tour: 4 Days Serengeti, Manyara, Ngorongoro Safari Tour
5 - Excellent
  • Ann Manto
  • From Philippines
“Excellent”
Amazing Serengeti Reviewed Tour: 4 Days Serengeti, Manyara, Ngorongoro Safari Tour
5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • From USA
“Incredible experience!
My wife and I just got back from our trip to East Africa. For the first leg of our adventure, we booked thru bookmundi the 4day Serengeti experience with SafariBook Evolution.
Safari was incredible. We were blessed with a great day in the Serengeti, seeing 23 different lions in one day! The most amazing was a full pride, Momma and 3 babies crawling around the Cape Buffallo they had taken down, were soon joined by her 2 other female lion hunting partners. Just around the corner was Dad enjoying the morning sun after filling his belly. We spent some time admiring him alone before any other drivers came to investigate.
We also saw a leopard dragging an impala it had caught back to the hill it had been hiding in, as well as elephants, giraffes and so many of the usual gang roaming around Africa!
Highly recommend it! Manyara was quite as full of visible animals, being a dense forest, but if you like monkeys, the baboons will not disappoint! Troops of hundreds.”
Excellent Reviewed Tour: 5Days Camping Lake Manyara/ Serengeti/ Ngorongoro Crater
5 - Excellent
  • Shane Shane OBrien
  • From Australia
“Excellent”

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.