Lake Manyara National Park is one of Tanzania’s smaller wildlife reserves, with nearly two-thirds of its area covered by the lake. It is a scenic gem and incredibly diverse. The compact game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian private safari experience.
Lake Manyara is renowned for its tree-climbing lions, hippo pools and thousands of flamingos which give the lake a hazy pink tint. Here you hear the cries of the fish eagle, the grunts of hippos, elephants shaking tree branches while giraffes and lions reside near an tree. The park also houses the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world.
Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, including raptors. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large waterbirds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks.Due to the vastness of the lake, Lake Manyara is a real birding hot-spot.
Like most other lakes of the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara is a soda lake that is fed by groundwater and depending on the season varies in size. The rest is a thin strip of land located between the lake and the rocks, which can only be reached by a few roads.
Wealth of habitats
Lake Manyara National Park is an unspoiled paradise. Visiting this park is a fascinating experience, as the park features a wealth of diverse habitats, from ground-water forests, acacia woodland, the tranquil soda lake, hot water springs, to the steep mountain escarpment forming part of Africa’s Great Rift Valley.
Note! You can take a daytrip to Lake Manyara or book a private safari holiday to Lake Manyara and other famous wildlife parks in Tanzania, or the beach of Zanzibar. View our private safari & tours.