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Lake Manyara National Park Travel Guide: 24 reviews and 121 photos

Lake Manyara National Park is situated in the Rift Valley area of Northeastern Tanzania and about a 3 hour drive (200 kms) from Arusha. The National Park has spectacular wildlife to view. The landscape varies with the terrain here - from the rift escarpment to the lake. In the tall trees of the ground water forest monkeys leap from branch to branch, on the slope of the escarpment elephants stand in the shade of a baobab. In the acacia woodland lions lie draped along the branches of umbrella trees, in the pools along the lake shore the hippos wallow, and in the lake itself wade colorful flamingos.

From Arusha, the last village you pass through before approaching the National Park is Mto wa Mbu (Mosquito Creek). It's a quiet little village with a few shops, houses, etc. There are a few hotels here that you can stay at for your safari, but I recommend the Lake Manyara Hotel situated on the rift escarpment. From here, you climb uphill past the park gate, to get to the main safari hotels (touristy but of better quality than those found in Mto). The rift valley wall looms ahead of you and the drive is simply spectacular with the mosaic of the Lake Manyara National Park spread below you.

Spread out over approximately 330 square kilometers, the Lake Manyara National park is a great place to visit. In a day trip to the park, you have the opportunity to view a lot of varied wildlife, from monkeys to flamingos. We werent lucky enough to see the rare tree climbing lions that this park is famous for, but everything else was there to be seen and photographed!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great opportunities to view wildlife (African Elephant, Zebra, Giraffe, Impala, Hippo and different species of monkeys are plentiful); Tree climbing lions can be seen if you are lucky!
  • Cons:Dusty roads, so be prepared for it!
  • In a nutshell:Lots of photo taking opps here!
  • Last visit to Lake Manyara National Park: Nov 2003
  • Intro Updated Feb 28, 2004
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  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Aug 17, 2005 at 7:50 AM

    Great. This is supposed to be the only park where lions regularly go up into the trees. Did you see any?

  • mrclay2000's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2005 at 7:48 AM

    Great pictures. . .

  • Myndo's Profile Photo
    Apr 11, 2005 at 9:36 AM

    good tips, I would like to see more.

  • seamandrew's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2004 at 11:55 PM

    Sounds surreal. Love to make a trip here someday of my own. Thanks for sharing! Awesome pictures!

  • irisbe's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2004 at 2:20 PM

    amazing sights! and a very interesting tlogue about your safari!

  • laughingsun69's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2004 at 7:55 AM

    Lake manyara looks magnificent great pics and info:)

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2004 at 5:34 PM

    Both your text and photos paint a great picture of this enticing looking spot! I thought about diverting to Lake Manyara as I hitch-hiked past in 1974 but figured it would be too off-the-path. It is great to see that it still looks so spectacular!!

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2004 at 12:54 PM

    More great Safari tips!

  • aadil's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2004 at 11:34 AM

    Lovely pictures and great description of the safari trip!!! Sad you could not shoot the tree climbing lions on film!!!


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