National Park

Lake Manyara National Park

Famed for tree-climbing lions and a pink-hued flamingo shoreline.

Tanzania
Location
325 km²
Geographic Size
Dry season
Best Time to Visit

About Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park, nestled at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment in Tanzania, is a scenic gem that spans diverse ecosystems, from its alkaline soda lake to dense woodlands and steep mountainsides. This relatively small but biodiverse park is renowned for its unique tree-climbing lions, large troops of baboons, and a spectacular a...

When to go

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Seasons

July - October
Best time to go
Ideal for observing large mammal activity and the park's famous tree-climbing lions.
December - February
July - October
High Season
Dry season offers the best wildlife viewing as animals congregate around the lake and other water sources.
March - June
Low Season
The rainy season brings lush scenery and fewer visitors, but wildlife spotting can be more challenging.

What to do

Wildlife

Lake Manyara National Park offers a rich biodiversity, including large troops of baboons, tree-climbing lions, elephants, giraffes, and a variety of bird species, set against the stunning backdrop of the Rift Valley.

Lion

Occasional

Elephant

Common

Black Rhino

Not Present

Cheetah

Rare

Hippo

Common

Hyena

Occasional

Leopard

Rare

Giraffe

Common

Zebra

Common

Gazelle

Common

Buffalo

Common

Wildebeest

Common

What to know

Safety & Vaccinations
Lake Manyara National Park is generally considered safe for visitors, but it's important to adhere to park rules and guidelines. Vaccinations for Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A, and Typhoid, as well as malaria prophylaxis, are recommended for travellers to Tanzania.
For more information regarding vaccinations and health notices, view the CDC’s page :
CDC Travelers' Health
CDC Travel health notices and vaccination recommendations
Getting There
The park is accessible by road from Arusha, with the option of using private transport or joining an organized tour. It's also a common stop on northern circuit safari itineraries.
Getting Around
Inside the park, travel is by 4x4 vehicles on game drives. Some lodges and campsites offer guided walks and other activities within and around the park.
Visas
Most visitors to Tanzania require a visa, which can be obtained on arrival for many nationalities or in advance through Tanzania's eVisa portal. Always check the latest visa requirements before your trip.
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