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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. ...

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Lake Manyara National Park Tour Reviews

4.8 - Excellent Based on 19 customer reviews
It was an absolutely amazing experience! Reviewed Tour: 8-Day Camping Safari : Best of Tanzania
Kylie Mills From UK At
5 - Excellent
“My husband and I recently returned from a eight days safari in Tanzania, the wildlife was really exciting. We saw many animals in the nature. This was one of the best experiences we ever had. Everything was organised perfectly. Accommodation was superb and the game drives were exceptional. A special mention to our guide for being amazing. He was very friendly, but at the same time he also allowed us plenty of time to ourselves. I really suggest to you to do this.”
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”
Awesome Experience with SafariBook Evolution Reviewed Tour: 4 Days Serengeti, Manyara, Ngorongoro Safari Tour
Anton From Holland At
5 - Excellent
“I just finished my 4 days Tanzania Safari. I joined a group of 5 people, strangers but came to find out we all come from the same country which was a welcomed coincidence. We had a great time with our guide James and stomach doctor Buri. Steve with communication was perfect, quick and professional. I had read a scary review but he assured me that their service is perfect and they have their own office and vehicles. I took a risk and it was worth it. We met at their office in Arusha Centre Tourist Inn before the safari for payments, then proceed the safari which was more than I ever imagined or expected. The entire 4 days to Manyara Serengeti Ngorongoro crater was handled professionally and I have high standards.
I really liked Safari Book Evolution. We managed to see all wild animals and the service was great. It was an excellent option in terms of value for money. James, Buri and Steve I will never forget you, thank you all for the experience.”
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.”

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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