Wildlife Ratings

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

Lookout for

Olive Baboon
Sykes Monkey
Cape Clawless Otter
Egyptian Mongoose
Short-eared Galago
Elephant
Hippo
Lion
Leopard
Cheetah
Spotted Hyena
African Wild Dog
Jackal
Buffalo
Giraffe
Kudu
Wildebeest
Impala
Waterbuck
Warthog
Crocodile

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

Lodges and Camps (click on the links below)

Lodge Budget Lodge Type
Lake Manyara Tree Lodge Super Luxury Full Board
Sanctuary Escarpment Luxury Lodge Super Luxury Full Board

Tours & Trips (click on the links below)

Tour / Trip Budget Duration
Essence of Tanzania Tour 6 days, 5 nights
Ngorongoro & Manyara Budget Camping Tour Luxury 3 nights, 4 days
Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara Lodge Tour Luxury 2 nights, 3 days OR 3 nights, 4 days
Northern Tanzania Luxury Lodges Tour Super Luxury 5 nights, 6 days
Serengeti Budget Camping Safari Tour Middle 5 nights, 6 days
Serengeti Luxury Camping Tour Super Luxury 7 days
Tanzania Northern Circuit Camping Tour Luxury 6 nights, 7 days
Tanzania Northern Circuit Lodges Tour Luxury 3 nights, 4 days OR 5 nights, 6 days

Key Species

MAMMALS
Lion
Elephant
Buffalo


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


REPTILES
Nile Crocodile
Pancake Tortoise
Flap-necked Chameleon


TREES
Baobab
Umbrella Thorn Acacia
Quinine Tree


HABITAT TYPES
Forest
Grassland
Escarpment
Soda Lake
Riverine