Lake Manyara National Park : Facts, Features and More

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Lake Manyara Park is famous for its tree-climbing lions, which tend to sprawl out along the branches of Acacia trees most of the day. It is also sanctuary to buffalo and hippo, giraffe, impala, zebra, elephants, blue monkeys and vervets, aardvark, civet, bushbuck, waterbuck, baboons, leopard and the shy pangolin. It is also teeming with birdlife, including huge flocks of flamingoes.

Lake Manyara National Park : Facts, Features and More

330 sq km (127 sq miles), of which up to 200 sq km (77 sq miles) is lake when water levels are high.


In northern Tanzania. The entrance gate lies 1.5 hours (126km/80 mi) west of Arusha along a newly surfaced road, close to the ethnically diverse market town of Mto wa Mbu.

Getting to: 
30 minute flight or two hour drive from Arusha.
Best time to visit: 
Dry season (July-October) for large mammals; wet season (November-June) for bird watching, the waterfalls and canoeing.


Accomodation & Services


Why should you visit?

In addition to its tree-climbing lions,  Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s bird life. More than 400 species of birds have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large waterbirds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning your safari now!

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