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Lake Manyara National Park

Known for its tree-climbing lions and diverse birdlife

Location & Geography:

Situated in the northern reaches of Tanzania, Lake Manyara National Park finds its place at the base of the Rift Valley escarpment. Surrounded by awe-inspiring scenery, it shares its borders with the renowned Serengeti and Tarangire National Parks. With a varied terrain, the park offers a unique fusion of thick forests, expansive grasslands, and the shimmering waters of Lake Manyara itself.

Historical Significance:

Lake Manyara National Park carries significant historical weight, being the ancestral home of indigenous tribes that have inhabited the region for centuries. Within the park’s confines, ancient rock paintings, dating back over 2,000 years, serve as poignant reminders of the area’s rich cultural heritage.

Main Attractions:

Renowned for its diverse wildlife, the park is particularly famous for its rare tree-climbing lions, a sight that never fails to captivate visitors. Additionally, the park hosts a plethora of other animal species, including elephants, giraffes, zebras, hippos, and buffalos. Lake Manyara’s shores attract bird enthusiasts, boasting over 400 species such as pelicans, flamingos, and storks.

Activities and Experiences:

Embark on an exhilarating game drive to witness the park’s wildlife in their natural habitat up close. For a unique perspective, opt for a guided canoe safari along the lake’s perimeter, providing glimpses of hippos and birdlife from a different angle. Nature walks, biking, and cultural village tours offer further opportunities for exploration and enrichment.

Best Time to Visit:

The optimal time to explore Lake Manyara National Park is during the dry season, spanning from June to September. During this period, wildlife congregates around water sources, facilitating abundant animal sightings. However, the wet season, from November to May, showcases the park’s lush greenery and peak bird activity, offering a distinct yet equally enchanting experience.

Getting There:

Accessing Lake Manyara National Park is most convenient by flying into Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha Airport, followed by a scenic drive through Tarangire National Park. Alternatively, road journeys from Arusha or Moshi provide access to the park’s entrance.


  • 4×4 land cruiser top-up roof.
  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • All accommodation while on Safaris.
  • Round-trip airport transfer
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional}
  • All Taxes/VAT


  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Tips. 
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees

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