Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park

Famous for its tree-climbing lions, flamingos, and diverse birdlife.

Lake Manyara National Park, nestled at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, is a small yet diverse park renowned for its stunning landscapes and rich wildlife. Covering approximately 330 square kilometers, of which the alkaline Lake Manyara itself accounts for about two-thirds, the park offers a variety of ecosystems, including groundwater forests, savannas, and swamps. This unique environment supports a wide array of flora and fauna, making it a must-visit destination in Tanzania.

What to Expect

Visitors to Lake Manyara National Park can expect a blend of remarkable wildlife sightings and breathtaking scenery. The park is famous for its tree-climbing lions, a rare behavior not commonly seen in other regions. These lions can often be spotted lounging on the branches of acacia trees, providing a unique and memorable safari experience.

Lake Manyara is also a birdwatcher’s paradise, with over 400 species of birds recorded in the park. The lake’s shallow waters attract vast flocks of flamingos, creating a pink-hued spectacle against the blue waters. Other notable bird species include pelicans, storks, kingfishers, and cormorants. The diverse habitats also support elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, hippos, and various antelope species.


Lake Manyara National Park offers a range of accommodation options, from luxury lodges and tented camps to budget-friendly campsites. Each provides a unique experience, whether you’re looking for comfort, adventure, or authenticity.

Travel Tips

  • Best Time to Visit: The dry season (June to October) is ideal for wildlife viewing as animals congregate around water sources. The wet season (November to May) is perfect for birdwatching and enjoying lush landscapes.
  • What to Pack: Bring lightweight clothing, a hat, sunscreen, binoculars, and a good camera. Warm clothing is recommended for cool mornings and evenings.
  • Health and Safety: Ensure you have the necessary vaccinations and anti-malaria medication. Always follow your guide’s instructions and respect the wildlife and local communities.

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