Safari Tours in Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park

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5 Days Safari:Lake Manyara, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater

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Gracepatt Ecotours Kenya
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Lake Manyara

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

4.9 - Excellent Based on 11 reviews
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”
"Safari of a lifetime" Reviewed Tour: The Great Migration - 8 Days
Vishan Singh Tanwar From India At
5 - Excellent
“It was fantasting safari in ngorongoro crater the eigth wonder of the world, the big five animal that is elephant, buffalo, leopard, rhino and lion, and migration that is wildbeest, & zebras are migrate from maasai mara to serengeti through mara river all were amazing and a britual landscape.”
An A+ safari and beach holiday Reviewed Tour: 7-Day Classic Tanzania Safari
Denise Black From United States of America USA At
5 - Excellent
“We just returned from an amazing two week safari and beach holiday organised by Arend Safaris. We are a family of five - two adult children, and a five year old. We have been thoroughly impressed with Arend safaris throughout the entire planning and execution of our trip. We planned our trip with Thomas over the course of a few months and were grateful for Thomas's helpful and prompt replies to our numerous emails! Thomas was very knowledgeable about Tanzania and what we could expect, and was flexible in terms of tailoring the trip and accommodation to suit our needs. The safari portion of our trip was the highlight. After a brief delay in Rwanda, we landed in Kilimanjaro and were picked up by our amazing guide, Baraka. We stayed one night at the African Tulip - very nice, and set off the next morning for the Ngongorongo Crater. From the moment we entered the conservation area we saw so many animals - far more than we would have expected on our first day - and all thanks to Baraka! He can spot animals miles away. We had close encounters with a lion, and saw zebra, elephants, giraffes, buffalo and two black rhinos! We spent a night at the Ngongorongoro Farmhouse - again, really great accommodation. The rooms are huge and the grounds are spacious. We headed to the Serengeti the following day. We had an amazing three days on safari - and saw soooo many animals. We got nice and close to lions and elephants, and even saw two leopards in one day! During our time in the Serengeti we stayed at the Serengeti Kati Kati Camp. This accommodation was exceptional - the tents are all set a little way apart, and you really feel like you're in the middle of it all - which you are. The staff at the Camp are really great, they are all super friendly and make a big effort to ensure you are happy and are having fun. They light a campfire which everyone sits around each night before dinner, before serving dinner in the main tent. Your guide eats dinner with you, which we really enjoyed too. Our guide, Baraka, was great. He was extremely knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour. We felt that he fitted in with us perfectly. He was flexible and relaxed and made the whole safari a breeze. We felt very lucky to have him as a guide. Following our safari we flew direct from the Serengeti to Zanzibar with Auric Air - it was a great flight, with lots to see out the window. We finished our trip with 6 days in Zanzibar. We stayed at the Flame Tree Cottages in Nungwi, a beautiful part of the island. We visited Stonetown and Prison Island - and meet some very old tortoises. The accommodation and the beaches were great. Overall, an amazing trip made simple and stress free by booking with Arend Safaris. We are very happy and would thoroughly recommend The Arend safaris to any travellers.”
7 day Safari/Tour of Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Mt Kilimanjaro Reviewed Tour: 7-Day Classic Tanzania Safari
Zelly Thomas From Israel At
5 - Excellent
“The Arend Safari was very helpful/thorough in helping to plan to trip. They also helped us arrange discounts at the resorts (we saved money versus booking directly). Their tour guide was excellent. Overall, we had a great time in Tanzania, and Arend Safaris did an excellent job in helping us to plan the trip, and we enjoyed their tour guide. We would highly recommend others to use their travel planning services. Thank you”
Perfect Trip To Tanzania Reviewed Tour: 7-Day Classic Tanzania Safari
Rick Watson From Canada At
5 - Excellent
“We just got back from a 7 day visit to Tanzania through Arend Safaris and there is not a single they I would do differently. Tom and the rest of the Access team took care of everything from soup to nuts and had all the patience to answer even the silliest of questions. Every detail was handled to perfection and their team of guides were also first class and knowledgeable. Here's the bottom line: There are many companies from which to choose from to plan your safari and my sense is that they all do a very good job. I chose arend because they are a small outfit that offer that personal touch. After speaking with a few companies I knew that Arend was for me the minute I got off my first call with Karen. I couldn't be happier about our Safari experience and would recommend call them before making your final decision!”
Perfect Safari Reviewed Tour: 9 Day Treasures of East Africa [&Beyond all-inclusive]
Gary Gadner From United Kingdom UK At
5 - Excellent
“We've always dreamed of staying at andBeyond lodges during our visit for a safari. Our dream came true with this well arranged safari schedule that offered us opportunity of a life time. Well organized by Arend Safaris, particularly Thomas, who made sure that we get the very best out there. We enjoyed and we recommend it for whoever wants a perfect luxury trip to Africa.”
6 days tanzania safari Reviewed Tour: 6 Day Taste of 'Real' Tanzania Safari Adventure
Elizabeth Hughes From Switzerland At
5 - Excellent
“I planned a safari to Tanzania for a long time and I thought it was great idea to use a small company since they don't have a lot of people to take to a safari hence I chose Arend Safari for my adventure. They really helped me get the best out my safari despite some little hitches that I can say were due to some unavoidable circumstances such as late arrivals of my flight due to the original flight cancellation. They had to rearrange my schedule s that I wont miss anything out there and Tom, managing director made sure everything went well with my safari. I enjoyed and I would recommended them to anybody visting Tanzania for a safari.”
From US to Africa with Arend Safaris Reviewed Tour: 6 Day Taste of 'Real' Tanzania Safari Adventure
Joyce Spengler From United States of America USA At
5 - Excellent
“I wish I had a lot of time to write this review but I'll write something as precise as possible regarding my safari in tanzania. I arrived late on 26th, Feb 2016 for a safari, and the guide from Arend Safari was already there to pick me up. I was all alone since I was on a business trip in Ethiopia a day earlier and now I decided to take a break. Tanzania was on top of the list when it comes safari in Africa, especially places like Serengeti and Ngorongoro, I have hearing a lot from other travelers. For sure everything about this safari lived up to my expectation and I thank my cousin Jane who recommended Arend Safaris, it was a good choice. I also would take this forum to give them 5 stars for good safari.”
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