Lake Manyara is a shallow alkaline lake at the base of the western stretches of the Rift Valley Escarpment.
It glitters in the sun and is often covered in cloud upon cloud of pink lesser flamingos. In the deeper areas of the lake small pods of hippo bask, ears flickering, with egrets resting on their backs.
Surrounding the lake is a particularly pretty park with a variety of habitats, including grassy floodplains, groundwater forest, acacia woodland and the rocky base of the escarpment.
Wildlife in Lake Manyara National Park
The park has excellent game densities and is perhaps best known for its tree-climbing lions, often found sprawled in the branches of sausage trees. There are big troops of olive baboon and blue monkeys, prolific elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe and zebra as well as a whole host of smaller animals.
Birdlife in the park is superb, with almost 400 species recorded. There are iridescent bee-eaters, silvery-cheeked hornbills and on the lake you’ll often find white pelicans as well as the flocks of flamingo.
Suggested itineraries featuring Lake Manyara National Park
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Lake Manyara National Park, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Lake Manyara National Park
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Places near Lake Manyara National Park
- Karatu 12 miles away
- Ngorongoro Crater 29 miles away
- Northern Tanzania 29 miles away
- Tarangire National Park 44 miles away
- Ol Doinyo Lengai 48 miles away
- Lake Eyasi 53 miles away
- Arusha 62 miles away
- Lake Natron 78 miles away
- Longido 78 miles away
- West Kilimanjaro 97 miles away
- Serengeti National Park 105 miles away
- Mount Kilimanjaro 110 miles away
- Tanzania's Swahili Coast 260 miles away
- Saadani 266 miles away
- Mikumi National Park 281 miles away
- Rubondo Island 281 miles away
- Ruaha National Park 287 miles away
- Bagamoyo 298 miles away
Photos of Lake Manyara National Park
Accommodation choices for Lake Manyara National Park
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Lake Manyara National Park. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is magical. It feels like a real jungle hideaway as you are surrounded by trees, birds and bush babies. The staff are great and it is one of our favourite lodges in Tanzania.