Overview – Lake Manyara NP

Lake Manyara NP is a small park at the base of the Rift Valley escarpment. Its groundwater forest offers a nice change of scenery from the more savannah-dominated parks. Although the park is known for tree-climbing lions, big cats aren’t that easily seen. Elephant are prolific and are the main attraction.

Best Time to Go June to September (easier to spot animals)
High Season July to March (Northern section gets crowded)
Size 330km² / 127mi²
Altitude 954-2,055m / 3,130-6,742ft

Pros and Cons

  • Very relaxed elephants to view at close quarters
  • Stunning scenery
  • Superb birding
  • Close to Arusha and en route to Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti
  • Activities include canoe safaris and a treetop walkway
  • Rarely crowded in the morning
  • Gets crowded in the afternoons during peak season (June and July and October to April)

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Wildlife

This park is known for its large elephant population. The big cats are present, but not seen that easily. The forest patch is home to habituated troops of olive baboon and blue monkey. Buffalo, giraffe and several antelope species are easily encountered on a drive.

Scenery

Lake Manyara is a shallow, alkaline lake at the base of the Western Rift Valley escarpment. The different habitats of the park are a scenic and wildlife highlight. The park entrance leads to a beautiful groundwater forest. Other habitats include the grassy floodplain, rocky escarpment and acacia woodland, all of which can be covered in a half-day visit.

Weather & Climate

The climate never overheats at Lake Manyara, where average daytime temperatures peak at around 29°C/84°F in the Wet season (November to May). The pattern in this period is a month or two of ‘short rains’, then a dry spell, then a longer stretch of rain. It’s slightly cooler in the Dry season (June to October). The temperature plummets at night, however. Freezing conditions are rare, but they can happen.

Best Time to Visit

The wildlife watching is good at Lake Manyara practically all year. As a consequence, it’s high season in the park for all but two of the wetter months (April and May). That means maximum prices and lots of tourists, particularly in the morning. Less people come during the Wet season (November to May), however, so you might want to time your visit accordingly.

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Most Helpful Expert Review
Lake Manyara-one of the most scenic of Rift Valley lakes teeming with wildlife on its shores
4/5

Lake Manyara National Park is one of the most scenic parks in Tanzania. Patches of yellow fever trees are dotted around the grassy lake shores and the rift valley wall is a prominent feature throughout the park. The entrance of the park is...

Latest User Review
5/5

Beautiful in all aspects including the history, the sunrise and the game.