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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 40 Reviews

Highlights
  • 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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  • Starts Arusha, Tanzania
  • Ends Arusha, Tanzania

2 Days Safari - Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro

of 4 reviews
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So happy that I booked with Simba Adventures. Had a great two days safari, exploring the best of Lake Manyara ...
From US$ 432 2 days View Tour
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Aug 25
Aug 26
Highlights
  • Wildlife and game drive.
  • Bird Watching.
  • Enjoying flora and fauna.
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  • Starts Arusha, Tanzania
  • Ends Arusha, Tanzania

7 Days Tarangire, Serengti, Ngorongo, Manyara & Eyasi

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  • E-ticket
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We have been contacted by the tour organizer, Gabriel, the day before the trip started. We then met our driver ...
  • Operator Sayari Tano Tours & Safaris
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Explorer
  • Accommodation Hotel, Camping & Tent
  • Age Range 5 to 79 years old
From US$ 1,500 7 days View Tour
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Aug 25
Aug 26
Highlights
  • Witness the wildebeest migration.
  • Explore the landscape and adventure of this great safari.
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  • Starts Moshi, Tanzania
  • Ends Moshi, Tanzania

5 Days Safari - Manyara,Ngorongoro And Serengeti

of 2 reviews
  • Free cancellation
  • E-ticket
  • Trip customizable
We saw sights I will never forget. Our guide made a great effort to allow us to see rare events ...
  • Operator Enosa Expeditions Active 13 minutes ago
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives
  • Accommodation Camping, Tent & Hotel
  • Transport Private Vehicle
  • Age Range 5 to 79 years old
From US$ 1,900 5 days View Tour
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Aug 25
Aug 26
Highlights
  • Tarangire National Park.
  • Lake Manyara National Park.
  • Serengeti National Park.
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  • Starts Arusha, Tanzania
  • Ends Arusha, Tanzania

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 dietary needs and were very ...
  • Operator Simba Adventures Ltd Active 1 day ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives & Adventure
  • Accommodation Camping
  • Transport 4x4 Jeep & Private Vehicle
  • Age Range 5 to 79 years old
From US$ 1,324 6 days View Tour
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Aug 25
Aug 26
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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  • Starts Arusha, Tanzania
  • Ends Arusha, Tanzania

4 Days Serengeti, Manyara, Ngorongoro Safari Tour

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3 wonder safaris totally exceeded our expectations! we spent 4 comfortable, happy days. our guide, henry, was very professional, always ...
From US$ 762 4 days View Tour
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Aug 26
Highlights
  • You'll go to Tanzania.
  • This tour starts and ends in Arusha (Tanzania).
  • Activities: game drives.
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  • Starts Arusha, Tanzania
  • Ends Arusha, Tanzania

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 exciting. We saw ...
  • Operator Simba Adventures Ltd Active 1 day ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives & Adventure
  • Accommodation Camping & Hotel
  • Transport 4x4 Jeep & Private Vehicle
  • Age Range 5 to 79 years old
From US$ 1,999 8 days View Tour
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Aug 25
Aug 26
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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  • Starts Arusha, Tanzania
  • Ends Arusha, Tanzania

4 Days Safari In Lake Manyara, Serengeti, & Ngoro Crater

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4 day wildlife safaris and game drives tour through Tanzania Safari Parks, Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and 3 other destinations in Tanzania. Read More
From US$ 1,050 4 days View Tour
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Aug 26
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    • Starts Moshi, Tanzania
    • Ends Moshi, Tanzania

    4 Days Safari - Manyara, Ngorongoro And Serengeti

    • Free cancellation
    • E-ticket
    • Trip customizable
    4 day wildlife safaris and game drives trip in Tanzania, visiting Tanzania Safari Parks, Lake Manyara National Park and Serengeti National Park. Read More
    • Operator Enosa Expeditions Active 13 minutes ago
    • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives
    • Accommodation Camping, Tent & Hotel
    • Transport Private Vehicle
    • Age Range 5 to 79 years old
    From US$ 1,800 4 days View Tour
    Next Departures
    Aug 25
    Aug 26
    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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    • Starts Arusha, Tanzania
    • Ends Arusha, Tanzania

    5 Days - Budget Lodging Safari In North Tanzania

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    • E-ticket
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    5 day wildlife safaris and game drives trip through Northern Safari Circuit, Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and 3 other destinations in Tanzania. Read More
    From US$ 1,402 5 days View Tour
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    Aug 25
    Aug 26
    Highlights
    • Wildlife.
    • Game Drives.
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    • Starts Arusha, Tanzania
    • Ends Arusha, Tanzania

    8 Days Tembo Safari In Several National Parks

    of 1 review
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    8 day wildlife safaris and game drives tour in Tanzania, visiting Tanzania Safari Parks, Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara National Park. Read More
    From US$ 2,780 8 days View Tour
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    Aug 26
    Aug 27
    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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    • Starts Arusha, Tanzania
    • Ends Arusha, Tanzania

    7-Day Safari Camping Adventure In Northern Tanzania

    • Free cancellation
    • E-ticket
    • Trip customizable
    7 day wildlife safaris and game drives trip through Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Ngorongoro Crater and 4 other destinations in Tanzania. Read More
    From US$ 1,349 7 days View Tour
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    Aug 25
    Aug 26
    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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    • Starts Arusha, Tanzania
    • Ends Arusha, Tanzania

    6 Days Affordable Safari

    • Free cancellation
    • E-ticket
    • Trip customizable
    6 day wildlife safaris and game drives tour through Tanzania Safari Parks, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and 4 other destinations in Tanzania. Read More
    From US$ 1,770 6 days View Tour
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    Aug 25
    Aug 26
    Highlights
    • Lake Manyara National Park.
    • Ngorongoro Crater.
    • Tarangire National Park.
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    • Starts Arusha, Tanzania
    • Ends Arusha, Tanzania

    3 Day Tanzania Safari Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro

    of 1 review
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    We have just finished a 3 night safari - Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorogoro crater. Our driver was fantastic and ...
    • Operator Simba Adventures Ltd Active 1 day ago
    • Tour Type Group Tour
    • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives & Adventure
    • Accommodation Camping
    • Transport 4x4 Jeep & Private Vehicle
    • Age Range 5 to 79 years old
    From US$ 638 3 days View Tour
    Next Departures
    Aug 25
    Aug 26
    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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    • Starts Arusha, Tanzania
    • Ends Arusha, Tanzania

    Lake Manyara, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Wildlife Tour

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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
    From US$ 910 5 days View Tour
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    Aug 25
    Aug 26
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    Lake Manyara National Park Tour Reviews

    4.6 - Excellent Based on 40 customer reviews
    Excellent Reviewed Tour: 5Days Camping Lake Manyara/ Serengeti/ Ngorongoro Crater
    Shane Shane OBrien From Australia
    5 - Excellent
    “Excellent”
    Great trip Reviewed Tour: 4 Days Serengeti, Manyara, Ngorongoro Safari Tour
    Christovan Dunn From USA
    4 - Very Good
    “We had great time with Mike. He was very knowledgeable. Our only complaint was that the company added another passenger on the last day that had us in the crater 2 hours later than planned. Overall we saw all animals in great quantity including lions and cheetahs than had recently made kills.”
    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.”

    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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