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Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara became a National Park in 1960, the name Manyara derives from a word that the Masaai used for Euphorbia Tirucalli, a shrub typical of the area that is used to build fences for livestock.
It lies at the foot of the Rift Valley and owes its fame thanks to elephants and climber lions.
It is also well known for its rich variety of birds, which live both in the forest and around the lake.
In this National Park you can find more than 400 species of birds, including pink flamingos in their migration period, pelicans, cormorants and storks.

Peculiarities of Lake Manyara National Park:

  • great variety of aquatic plants and bushes in which wild animals, birds and insects hide;
  • there live large herds of elephants, antelopes and giraffes;
  • spring is very hot along the Rift Valley;
  • one of the best bird watching areas in Tanzania.

What to do

Bird watching, boat or canoe safaris, excursions on horseback or on camel, mountain bike excursions, wild nature safaris, camping, night safari, safari wedding.


It is located between the region of Arusha and Manyara; covers an area of 330 km² of which 230 km² are covered by the lake.
The city of Arusha is 128 km away.

Getting There

By charter flight or scheduled flight from Arusha, by car on the route to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater.

When to Go

During the year the temperatures range from 25 to 40° C.
Between July and October, or in the dry season, it is possible to admire the large mammals, while in the wet season, between November and June, it is possible to practice bird watching and admire the waterfalls of the lake.

Where to Stay

Inside the park: a luxurious camp (tree house style), public bandas and campsites.
A luxurious tented camp and three lodges on the Rift Wall outside the park.
Several guest houses and campsites in the nearby Mto wa Mbu.

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