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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. ... Read More

88 Trips in Lake Manyara National Park with 38 Reviews

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  • A visit to the Ngorongoro Crater, featuring one of the highest concentration of wildlife.
  • Take a tour of Lake Manyara, which is a birdwatcher's paradise.
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Simba Adventures Ltd
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2 Days Safari - Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro

of 4 reviews
On this two-day Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro safari package. We take you on a short ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Arusha/Arusha View Map
  • Operator Simba Adventures Ltd Active 3 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 432 2 days View Tour
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Jun 20
Jun 21
Highlights
  • Wildlife and game drive.
  • Bird Watching.
  • Enjoying flora and fauna.
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Sayari Tano Tours & Safaris
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7 Days Tarangire, Serengti, Ngorongo, Manyara & Eyasi

of 1 review
In 7 days camping safari covers the best parks: Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Lake Manyara & ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Arusha/Arusha View Map
  • Operator Sayari Tano Tours & Safaris
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 1,500 7 days View Tour
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Jun 20
Jun 21
Highlights
  • Witness the wildebeest migration.
  • Explore the landscape and adventure of this great safari.
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Enosa Expeditions
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5 Days Safari - Manyara,Ngorongoro And Serengeti

of 2 reviews
Our 5-day African safaris, tours, travel and trekking packages, which specifically include 2 nights in ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Moshi/Moshi View Map
  • Operator Enosa Expeditions Active 7 hours ago
From US$ 1,900 5 days View Tour
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Jun 20
Jun 21
Highlights
  • Tarangire National Park.
  • Lake Manyara National Park.
  • Serengeti National Park.
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Simba Adventures Ltd
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6 Days Adventure Camping Safari: Budget Style

of 1 review
Want to experience “Wild Africa” in an authentic way? A camping safari is just for ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Arusha/Arusha View Map
  • Operator Simba Adventures Ltd Active 3 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 1,324 6 days View Tour
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Jun 20
Jun 21
Highlights
  • Spotting the Big Five (Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo).
  • Birdwatching in Lake Manyara.
  • Full day game drives in three of the best safari destinations in Tanzania.
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SafariBook Evolution
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4 Days Serengeti, Manyara, Ngorongoro Safari Tour

of 4 reviews
This 4 Days Serengeti, Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater Safari Tour will take you through the Northern ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Arusha/Arusha View Map
  • Operator SafariBook Evolution Active 12 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 762 4 days View Tour
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Jun 20
Jun 21
Highlights
  • You'll go to Tanzania.
  • This tour starts and ends in Arusha (Tanzania).
  • Activities: game drives.
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Simba Adventures Ltd
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8-Day Camping Safari : Best Of Tanzania

of 1 review
Falling asleep to the hooting of an owl or waking up to the roar of ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Arusha/Arusha View Map
  • Operator Simba Adventures Ltd Active 3 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 1,999 8 days View Tour
Next Departures
Jun 20
Jun 21
Highlights
  • Safari in the beatiful Lake Manyara National Park.
  • Safari in the Ngorongoro Crater, filled with wildlife and untouched beauty.
  • Safari in Serengeti National Park.
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Dunia Tours & Safaris
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4 Days Safari In Lake Manyara, Serengeti, & Ngoro Crater

After breakfast at the Tourist Inn Hotel in Arusha our driver and guide will pick ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Arusha/Arusha View Map
  • Operator Dunia Tours & Safaris
From US$ 1,050 4 days View Tour
Next Departures
Jun 20
Jun 21
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    Enosa Expeditions
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    4 Days Safari - Manyara, Ngorongoro And Serengeti

    During this 4 days camping safari you will visit the Lake Manyara National Park, the ... Read More
    • Starts /Ends Moshi/Moshi View Map
    • Operator Enosa Expeditions Active 7 hours ago
    From US$ 1,800 4 days View Tour
    Next Departures
    Jun 20
    Jun 21
    Highlights
    • Game Drives in 3 major National Parks in Tanzania.
    • Watch the Big Five ( Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Leopard) in action.
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    Travel Booking Guide Ltd
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    5 Days - Budget Lodging Safari In North Tanzania

    This 5 day safari trip takes you to the three most beautiful safari destinations in ... Read More
    • Starts /Ends Arusha/Arusha View Map
    • Operator Travel Booking Guide Ltd
    • Tour Type Private Tour
    From US$ 1,402 5 days View Tour
    Next Departures
    Jun 20
    Jun 21
    Highlights
    • Wildlife.
    • Game Drives.
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    Savannah Explorers Limited

    8 Days Tembo Safari In Several National Parks

    of 1 review
    During this safari you will explore the Northern Circuit National Parks in Tanzania: Tarangire, Manyara ... Read More
    • Starts /Ends Arusha/Arusha View Map
    • Operator Savannah Explorers Limited
    • Tour Type Private Tour
    From US$ 2,780 8 days View Tour
    Next Departures
    Jun 21
    Jun 22
    Highlights
    • Camping Experience at Wilderness Camps.
    • Game drives to some of the best National Parks in Tanzania.
    • Spotting the Big Five (Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino).
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    Travel Booking Guide Ltd
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    7-Day Safari Camping Adventure In Northern Tanzania

    This 7-Day Safari Camping Adventure Tour will take you to the Northen part of Tanzania ... Read More
    • Starts /Ends Arusha/Arusha View Map
    • Operator Travel Booking Guide Ltd
    • Tour Type Private Tour
    From US$ 1,349 7 days View Tour
    Next Departures
    Jun 20
    Jun 21
    Highlights
    • Experience the best national parks in Tanzania!.
    • Accompanied by expert guide and driver.
    • Best Game Drives in a 4x4 Toyota Landcruiser.
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    Agama Tours and Safaris
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    6 Days Affordable Safari

    Did you ever dream of going on a Tanzanian wildlife safari? If not, we highly ... Read More
    • Starts /Ends Arusha/Arusha View Map
    • Operator Agama Tours and Safaris
    From US$ 1,770 6 days View Tour
    Next Departures
    Jun 20
    Jun 21
    Highlights
    • Lake Manyara National Park.
    • Ngorongoro Crater.
    • Tarangire National Park.
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    Simba Adventures Ltd
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    3 Day Tanzania Safari Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro

    of 1 review
    This three-day short safari will take you to three of the most beautiful areas that ... Read More
    • Starts /Ends Arusha/Arusha View Map
    • Operator Simba Adventures Ltd Active 3 hours ago
    • Tour Type Group Tour
    From US$ 638 3 days View Tour
    Next Departures
    Jun 20
    Jun 21
    Highlights
    • Visit Lake Manyara National Park, home to the famous tree-climbing lions.
    • Enjoy a day-long game drive in Serengeti National Park.
    • Explore the Ngorongoro Crater, home to a variety of animals and birds.
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    Seven Wonders Safaris
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    Lake Manyara, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Wildlife Tour

    Book this 5-day, guided trip and explore some of the most popular national park and ... Read More
    • Starts /Ends Arusha/Arusha View Map
    • Operator Seven Wonders Safaris
    • Tour Type Private Tour
    From US$ 910 5 days View Tour
    Next Departures
    Jun 20
    Jun 21
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    Lake Manyara National Park Tour Reviews

    4.6 - Excellent Based on 38 customer reviews
    Don’t book a safari with Arend Safaris Reviewed Tour: 4 Day Incredible Tanzania Safari
    Anonymous From UK
    1 - Very poor
    “Protas Kilongola and Tom Kilongola lied to us about the lodges they booked and asked us to pay $500 for park fees on the condition that they would pay us back. This has never happened despite multiple emails promising us the money back.

    If you look on other sites you will see that they are operating with a fake safari license. I believe that they are going bankrupt and will not be able to deliver your safari.

    Other people have suffered far worse from this company so please be careful.”
    Experiences of a lifetime Reviewed Tour: 5 days Safari - Manyara,Ngorongoro and Serengeti
    Bill Mackenzie From Canada
    5 - Excellent
    “We saw sights I will never forget. Our guide made a great effort to allow us to see rare events. We saw every animal you could ever expect to see in Africa. Lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, cheetahs with cubs, cheetahs eating a kill. All of these were at close range. Our guide Rashid had incredible knowledge of all of the animal and plant life we encountered. As a bonus Rashid gave us an amazing history lesson about Tanzania. Our meals were excellent and varied. Just an incredible trip.”
    Excellent Reviewed Tour: 8 Days Tembo Safari in Several National Parks
    Ellen Heung Li Chan From Canada
    5 - Excellent
    “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.
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