Lake Manyara National Park is an exquisite park situated along Africa's Great Rift Valley with breath taking views of the escarpment. Steep mountain sides give way to a thickly forested valley surrounding a prominent soda lake which attracts flamingos in their thousands each year. Manyara is particularly well-known for its tree-climbing lions. Fantastic photographic opportunities abound for shots of lions lying in trees. The region hosts the highest density of baboons in the world and the large olive baboon troops provide much entertainment for game viewers. There are a number of local villages on the periphery of the park which can add an excellent cultural element to a tour. There are a handful of elite safari camps in and around this game reserve and it is well worth a visit. The diversity of Lake Manyara National Park is in stark contrast to the open plains of the busier Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti nearby and should definitely not be overlooked.

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 330 sq km
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Tree-climbing Lions
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Arusha

Accommodation in Lake Manyara National Park

Escarpment Luxury Lodge

Escarpment Luxury Lodge is situated just outside Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania. It sits within a corridor formed by the looming cliffs of the Great Rift Valley escarpment and the shores of the beautiful Lake Manyara. The lodge offers a spreading deck that surrounds the main lodge, ensuring breathtaking views of the lake and the gorge upon which the lodge…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

Set in the heart of a mahogany forest, Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is the only permanent lodge in the park of the same name. Designed to exert minimal impact on the environment, the lodge is situated in the park’s south-western region. Guests are offered an exclusive interpretive safari in a remote, game-rich wilderness. Cradled in the boughs of ancient mahogany…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Migunga Tented Camp

Migunga Tented Camp is found in the northwest of Tanzania’s Lake Manyara National Park. The camp is nestled within the shade of a beautiful acacia forest. It is the ideal base from which to explore the wilderness of Lake Manyara National Park. The park is made up of a diversity of habitat types that are home to a variety of…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Lake Manyara National Park

Aspect X: Iconic Aspects of Tanzania

Watch the Great Migration happening in real time as herds of wildebeest and zebra move across the plains of the Serengeti and Masai Mara, hotly followed by an array of large predators. See a whale shark swim by as you snorkel alongside it. See thousands of flamingos flocking at a lake, or a lion climbing a tree. Imagine if you…

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Duration: 7 nights
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Best of Tanzania Lodge Safari

Embark on an adventurous safari tour through Tanzania. This 7-day package takes you through some of Africa’s best nature and wildlife destinations. As the name suggests, accommodation on the tour is provided in comfortable safari lodges, or permanent tented camps, ensuring your utmost comfort. Specially-converted 4x4 safari vehicles are used on your trek through Tanzania, and each guest is guaranteed…

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Duration: 7 days
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Essence of Tanzania Tour

Imagine finding yourself under the vast African sky in the middle of one of the last expanses of true wilderness left on our planet, possibly listening to the haunting and mysterious sounds of night predators and their prey as the drama of their interactions unfold. This safari will allow you ample time to visit the famous wildlife areas of Serengeti,…

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Duration: 6 days, 5 nights
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Lookout for

Olive Baboon
Sykes Monkey
Cape Clawless Otter
Egyptian Mongoose
Short-eared Galago
Spotted Hyena
African Wild Dog

Key Species


Lesser Flamingo
Greater Flamingo
Silvery-cheeked Hornbill
Spotted Morning Thrush
Yellow-collared Lovebird

Nile Crocodile
Pancake Tortoise
Flap-necked Chameleon

Umbrella Thorn Acacia
Quinine Tree

Soda Lake

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 8
Mammals: 9
Birds: 9
Reptiles: 7
Trees: 9
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