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Lake Manyara National Park

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About Lake Manyara National Park

Country found in: Tanzania
Parks total area: 325 km² (126 mi)
Year established: 1960
Park wildlife: 7 animals listed
Anti-malarial: Absolutely!

What YAS members think of Lake Manyara National Park

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Most-visited month: January
Top animal sighting: Elephant

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Located about 130 km (80 miles) southwest of Arusha, Lake Manyara National Park is a compact, verdant park that is highly prized by bird lovers from around the globe. Although small in size, Manyara packs a mighty punch. It starts the moment visitors drive through the entry gates and encounter the amazing groundwater forest. Here, guests can see all types of flora such as mahogany, sausage trees, ficus and wild mango trees.

Bird lovers are sure to be astounded by the vast array of birds, with over 400 species of migratory bird being found here. The saline waters of Lake Manyara are often dotted with bright-pink flamingos and stodgy pelicans. In addition to the large number of birds found at Lake Manyara, it is also possible to see several types of animals here, including the elusive tree-climbing lion.

Tree-climbing lion

For some reason, the lions of Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks have a penchant for climbing up into the branches of a sausage tree and lazing around in the heat of the day. Photographers will relish the opportunity to snap a photo or two, if they’re lucky enough to encounter one. It is possible to see four of the big five at Lake Manyara – buffalo, elephant, leopard and lion – with the rhino being the missing fifth animal. 

When is the best time to visit Lake Manyara National Park?

Lake Manyara is recommended year-round, with only the months of April and May being a bit wet and difficult for travel. Due to its small size, most lodges are located outside of the park, en route to either Tarangire or Ngorongoro Crater. There is one lodge inside the park and it is of very high standard. 

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Tour by: Migration & Kili Expedition Tours

This tour starts and ends in Moshi/Arusha. It covers the northern side of the country. It’s one of the best tour...

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Tour by: Real Best Adventure Tours and Safaris

This combined safaris includes game drives to the best parks both in Kenya and Tanzania. Both the Serengeti Nati...

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Tour by: Boma Travel Services

Day 1: Ngorongoro Day 2: Lake Manyara Day 3: Tarangire

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Tour by: Kilisa Tours & Safari

• 5 days of game drive • Chance to spot the Big Five • Explore to Manyara National park, Serengeti National pa...

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Tour by: 3Crest Tours & Safaris

6 DAYS SAFARIS LAKE MANYARA, SERENGETI, NGORONGORO CRATER AND TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

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Tour by: Jenman Safaris

Explore the East African beauty on our Tanzania Wildlife Breakaway Safari which includes the most fascinating Ta...

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Tour by: Expect In Africa Safaris

15 Days Big Cats & Mara River Crossing This photo tour is specifically created to put you in the best locati...

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Tour by: Kilisa Tours & Safari

• Starting point and ending point: Moshi • Children policy: Children from the age of Five [5] years are allowe...

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