How to Reach Lake Manyara National Park Tanzania? A stunning alkaline lake of the Great Rift Valley system, forming two thirds of the Manyara National Park. The lakeshore habitats are home to large elephant and buffalo herds and over 380 recorded bird species. The park’s incredible fauna and flora have qualified it as a World Biosphere Reserve. Lake Manyara park covers 330 square km in size, and has a considerably different landscape from any of the other parks. Picture lush woodlands and the beaches of this Rift Valley lake where giraffe, elephants and wildebeest enjoy an endless supply of water.
You will often see these enormous animals in the water, sitting, sipping or just cooling off. Due to this unique habitat, there are hundreds of bird species able to live in the forests and the ultimate site-seeing prize of this area is the tree-climbing lion.
The park is located 125 km west of Arusha town, approximately 2.5 hours drive on the road to the Ngorongoro Crater
Things to Do:
Game-drives, Mountain Biking, Forest Hike, Canoeing, Night Game Drive, Nature Walk
Time to visit:
The dry season (July to October) is best for large mammals, while the wet season (November to June) is best for bird watching, waterfalls and canoeing. Can be visited in one day, but biking or hiking require a separate day. Might be excluded on a short itinerary.
Elephants, Wildebeest, Buffalo, Hippo, Impala, Bushbuck, Waterbuck, Klipspringers, Zebra, Giraffe, Mongoose, Warthog, Leopards and the famous tree-climbing Lions, Blue Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys, Baboons, and over 380 bird-species including Pelicans, red-billed Quelea, impressive flocks of Flamingos feeding on the lake’s algae.