Manyara National Park

Situated between Tarangire National Park and the famous Ngorongoro Conservation Area, followed by  the world-renowned Serengeti, Lake Manyara National Park is often overlooked as a safari destination.  At 330 square-kilometers of which more than half are often submerged in water, it certainly is one of the  unique and smaller national parks – in African terms. Fewer safari vehicles, especially in the morning  hours, give you the opportunity to appreciate every moment you immerse yourself in this tranquil park in  Tanzania’s Northern Circuit.


Coverage in SQ KM


Covered by lake


Covered by land

Major Attractions in Manyara

Large number of elephants

Just like neighboring Tarangire, Lake Manyara is home to many elephants. The gentle giants roam the  acacia woodlands and evergreen forests fed by high groundwater levels. Lush and thick vegetation offers  plenty of feeding grounds for the elephants.

Observe the social baboons

Lake Manyara National Park is known for its large troops of baboons. While not everyone’s favorite, these  highly social animals are a joy to observe as they interact amongst each other. Watch young ones learn the  ropes of life while older animals battle for a spot higher up the hierarchical ladder.

Look for tree-climbing lions

Tree-climbing lions are a more than rare sight  for many years, only two prides on the continent were  known to climb up trees. One pride in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park and one in our very own  Lake Manyara National Park. The lions are said to avoid tsetse flies and other bugs by climbing the trees,  as well as enjoying the cooler breeze and taking advantage of the extended views across the park. If you only have one day to go on safari, you can look for the tree-climbing lions on a day trip to Lake  Manyara National Park with us.

Watch flamingos soar

Water is life in the African bush and the soda lake is an oasis for plenty of wildlife. Besides different kinds  of antelopes, the bird life of Lake Manyara is spectacular. Proud pelicans and colorful flamingos call the  lake and surrounding swamps home.

Hot Springs

A large swampy area on the western shores of lake Manyara national park, through which flows  several hot springs that seep from the nearby rift valley wall. … Bubbling at over 60°C they are hot enough  to pass the ‘boil an egg’ test, with some part having the distinctive yellow of sulfur.