Lake Manyara National Park


Two thirds of Lake Manyara is water, the other is land. This park has become famous for the the climbing lions and the flamingos in the lake shore. The landscapes of these park are absolutely stunning, very different from the Serengeti for example. The game drives are done along the shore of the lake, providing incredible views of giraffes and buffalos in the foreground with the lake, flamingos and flat plains in the horizon. Great photo opportunities!


Large predators include the lion, the leopard and the hyena. Other mammals include elephants, hippos, waterbucks, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, buffalos, warthogs, dik dik, baboons, vervet monkeys, black and white colobus, blue monkeys and various antelopes. 
The park is very rich in birdlife too with up to 400 different species. It's common to say that this park is the only one where you are guaranteed to see at least 100 different bird species in a single day. Some birds include the silvery-cheeked hornbills, bee-eaters, barbet, flamingos, kingfishers, rollers, owls and white-backed pelicans.

When to go

Great throughout the whole year. From the end of march to the end of May, it's rainy season though.

What to do

4x4 game drives and Snake Park.

What we suggest

We believe Lake Manyara is a must-visit park. It's absolutely stunning. If you have between 5 to 7 days to do a safari in the Northern circuit, visit Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Manyara and Tarangire. If there is only time for 3 parks, choose between Tarangire and Manyara, both are incredible.