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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 ...

93 Trips in Lake Manyara National Park with 24 Reviews

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  • 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 1 review
Our 5-day African safaris, tours, travel and trekking packages, which specifically include 2 nights in... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Moshi/Moshi
  • Operator Enosa Expeditions Active 6 hours ago
From US$ 1,900 5 days View Tour
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Oct 20
Oct 21
Highlights
  • You'll go to Kenya & Tanzania
  • This tour starts and ends in Nairobi (Kenya) or Arusha (Tanzania)
  • You'll visit Masai Mara NR, Lake Manyara NP, Ngorongoro & Serengeti NP
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Arend Safaris
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9 Day Treasures Of East Africa [&Beyond All-inclusive]

of 3 reviews
The definitive East Africa adventure, this superb 8-night luxury fly-in and game drive safari combines ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi/kilimanjaro
  • Operator Arend Safaris
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 9,960 9 days View Tour
Next Departures
Oct 21
Oct 22
Highlights
  • You'll go to Tanzania
  • This tour starts and ends in Arusha (Tanzania)
  • You'll visit Arusha (City), Tarangire NP, Lake Manyara NP, Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro CAA
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Arend Safaris
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7-Day Classic Tanzania Safari

of 3 reviews
Tanzania - The country that never fails to amaze the world with its wildlife abundance... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Arend Safaris
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 4,200 7 days View Tour
Next Departures
Oct 21
Oct 22
Highlights
  • You'll go to Tanzania
  • This tour starts and ends in Arusha (Tanzania)
  • You'll visit Arusha (City), Tarangire NP, Central Serengeti (Serengeti), Southern Serenget
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Simba Adventures Ltd
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8-Day Camping Safari : Best Of Tanzania

Falling asleep to the hooting of an owl or waking up to the roar of... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Simba Adventures Ltd Active 9 hours ago
From US$ 1,672 8 days View Tour
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Oct 20
Oct 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
  • Operator Enosa Expeditions Active 6 hours ago
From US$ 1,800 4 days View Tour
Next Departures
Oct 20
Oct 21
Highlights
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Lake Manyara National Park
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Greg Adventures
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4 Day Safari: Lake Manyara / Serengeti / Ngorongoro

Check out the very best of what Tanzania has to offer through its breathtaking national... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Greg Adventures
From US$ 860 4 days View Tour
Next Departures
Oct 20
Oct 21
Highlights
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Ngorongoro Crater
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Avocet Tanzania Safaris ltd
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5Days Camping Lake Manyara/ Serengeti/ Ngorongoro Crater

Lake Manyara is considered to be a scenic gem, a bird-lovers delight. Ernest Hemingway described... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Avocet Tanzania Safaris ltd
From US$ 935 5 days View Tour
Next Departures
Oct 20
Oct 21
Highlights
  • Spotting the Big Five (Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard, Rhino)
  • A chance to witness the Great Migration of more than 3 million animals
  • Game drives to the most beautiful safari destinations of Tanzania
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Tanzania On Foot
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7 Day Safari In Serengeti And Ngorongoro Crater

This 7 days safari trip is one of the ultimate safari experiences you will ever ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Tanzania On Foot
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 2,250 7 days View Tour
Next Departures
Oct 20
Oct 21
Highlights
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Serengeti National Park
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Simba Adventures Ltd
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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
  • Operator Simba Adventures Ltd Active 9 hours ago
From US$ 1,268 6 days View Tour
Next Departures
Oct 20
Oct 21
Highlights
  • Safari in Lake Manyara National Park
  • Safari in Serengeti National Park
  • Meet with the local Masaai people in the Ngoro Crater also densely populated with wildlife
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Dunia Tours & Safaris
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5 Days Safari:Lake Manyara, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater

This 5 days safari will start our from Arusha and display some of Tanzania's best... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Dunia Tours & Safaris
From US$ 1,350 5 days View Tour
Next Departures
Oct 20
Oct 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 1 review
This 4 Days Serengeti, Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater Safari Tour will take you through the Northern ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator SafariBook Evolution Active 4 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 762 4 days View Tour
Next Departures
Today
Oct 19
Highlights
  • Spotting the Big Five (Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino).
  • Visiting three of the most popular safari destinations in Tanzania.
  • Watching a huge variety of wildlife in their natural settings.
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Dancom Tours and Travel Ltd
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4-Day Classic Tanzania Safari

Tanzania is home to some of the most exciting safari destinations in the world and ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Dancom Tours and Travel Ltd
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 1,155 4 days View Tour
Next Departures
Today
Oct 19
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
  • Operator Dunia Tours & Safaris
From US$ 1,050 4 days View Tour
Next Departures
Oct 20
Oct 21
Highlights
  • Stunning scenery and African wildlife
  • Beach Holidays
  • Big Five Animals
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Northern Masailand Safaris
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Tanzania Safari In Style

Tanzania Safari in Style for 14 days safari from Arusha, Lake Manyara, Lake Natron, Serengeti... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Northern Masailand Safaris
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 4,720 13 days View Tour
Next Departures
Oct 20
Oct 21
Highlights
  • Exciting Cultural Experience
  • Migration in the Southern plains of Serengeti
  • Hunting Predators in the plain of Serengeti
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Seven Wonders Safaris
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Predators Interaction Safari In Tanzania

On this 9-day trip, you will get an opportunity to visit most of our famous... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Seven Wonders Safaris
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 3,500 9 days View Tour
Next Departures
Today
Oct 19
Highlights
  • Amazing wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park and Lake Manyara
  • Natural African Wildlife, at its best!
  • Eat lunch by the stunning lively hippo pond cohabited by hippos and other species
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Across Africa Nature
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6N/7D Real African Safari Experience

This 7 Days safari is designed to give you an opportunity to tour the three... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha /Arusha
  • Operator Across Africa Nature
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 4,550 7 days View Tour
Next Departures
Oct 20
Oct 21
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AAA Express Adventure Ltd
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4 Days Luxury Tented Camp

Lake Manyara is consistently good as a soft game viewing park at anytime of the... ... Read More
  • Starts Arusha
  • Operator AAA Express Adventure Ltd
From US$ 980 4 days View Tour
Next Departures
Oct 20
Oct 21
Highlights
  • Chance to spot the Big Five (Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino)
  • Visit the Ngorongoro Crater with the densest concentration of wildlife on Earth
  • Game drives in four major national parks in Tanzania
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Tanzania On Foot
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6 Day Adventure Tented Camps Safari In Serengeti

On this 6 Days Safari trip in Tanzania, we will take you to the four ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Tanzania On Foot
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 2,250 6 days View Tour
Next Departures
Oct 20
Oct 21
Highlights
  • You will explore the three famous Northern Parks in Tanzania
  • You will get a change to come close to wildlife
  • Experience the beautiful nature and the lake with beautiful birds
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Lights On Africa Destinations & Safaris
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3 Day Weekend Safari From Arusha

With this 3 Days Wildlife Safaris, You get unparalleled access to the famous Tanzania national... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Lights On Africa Destinations & Safaris
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 1,265 3 days View Tour
Next Departures
Oct 20
Oct 21
Highlights
  • Tour Maasai Mara National Reserve - the most well known and most popular reserve in Africa
  • Visit other parks such as Tarangire NP, Lake Manyara NP, Serengeti NP and Ngorongoro
  • Opportunity to see all the Big Five mammals
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Gracepatt Ecotours Kenya
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9 Days Classic Kenya & Tanzania Safari From Nairobi

This is a private tour for a minimum of 2 people giving you the best ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Nairobi, Kenya/Nairobi, Kenya
  • Operator Gracepatt Ecotours Kenya
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 2,708 9 days View Tour
Next Departures
Oct 20
Oct 21
Highlights
  • Explore, enjoy and share the experience of the wilderness of Tanzania
  • Visit Tanzania's most famous parks: Serengeti, Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro
  • Chance to see all the Big 5 mammals and other wildlife
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Hope Adventures Safaris
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Travel And Leisure - 5 Days

of 1 review
This budget camping safari takes you around the best game parks in Tanzania. We visit ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Hope Adventures Safaris
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 1,850 5 days View Tour
Next Departures
Today
Oct 19
Highlights
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Serengeti National Park
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Simba Adventures Ltd
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Deluxe Safaris: A Tanzania Northern Circuit Tour

Tanzania safaris are all about getting back to the wild, living the way our predecessors... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Simba Adventures Ltd Active 9 hours ago
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 5,290 8 days View Tour
Next Departures
Oct 20
Oct 21
Highlights
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Tarangire National Park
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Simba Adventures Ltd
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Tanzania Safari: 3 Day

This three-day short safari will take you to three of the most beautiful areas that ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Simba Adventures Ltd Active 9 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 621 3 days View Tour
Next Departures
Oct 20
Oct 21
Highlights
  • You'll go to Tanzania
  • This tour starts and ends in Arusha (Tanzania)
  • You'll visit Arusha (City), Tarangire NP, Lake Manyara NP & Ngorongoro CAA
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Arend Safaris
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4 Day Incredible Tanzania Safari

Our affordable Tanzania Lodge Safari tour begins and ends in Arusha, Tanzania and if you... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Arend Safaris
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 1,590 4 days View Tour
Next Departures
Oct 21
Oct 22
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Lake Manyara National Park Tour Reviews

4.6 - Excellent Based on 24 customer reviews
Awesome experience Reviewed Tour: 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.”
Amazing 5 day camping safari Reviewed Tour: 5 days Safari - Manyara,Ngorongoro and Serengeti
Avia At
5 - Excellent
“I just got back from a 5 day camping safari to the Serengeti, Tarangire & Ngorongoro Crater. I have been travelling independently for nearly 20 years and this is only the 2nd tour I have done - and I have to say I was extremely impressed. My driver/guide Shirima was knowledgeable, helpful and great company, not to mention a very careful driver. He took me around each park sharing his extensive expertise on the environment, culture and wildlife, he answered all of my questions and more, and really made the trip very special and person. Also with us was a chef, Hameesi who conjured three great meals a day including a 3 course meal for dinner each night - the food was tasty and high quality, particularly considering he made them all in camp kitchens! Hamees was also great fun and good company. As a solo female traveller, safety and security is always in the back of my mind, but I didn't feel uneasy for a moment. I couldn't recommend Shirima and Hamees more highly, this is a trip I will never forget!”
Excellent Safari Reviewed Tour: 2 Days Safari - Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro
Hannah From England At
5 - Excellent
“So happy that I booked with Simba Adventures. Had a great two days safari, exploring the best of Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro. Everything went as planned, and the guide was awesome! Thanks”
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
4 - Very Good
“Animal viewing was phenomenal.Toilet facilities at public sites not as good as the ones we brought along!”
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.”

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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