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Lake Manyara Safari

Lake Manyara Safari

Overview: Lake Manyara Safari

One of the most beautiful of Africa’s national parks, with a remarkable diversity of habitats and wildlife, Manyara is nevertheless small by African standards, covering just 330km2, of which about two thirds is lake.

Many visitors don’t spend more than a few hours in Lake Manyara National Park as the wildlife numbers aren’t as high as elsewhere, but if you have the time and the patience a safari here can turn up some wonderful and unexpected safari experiences.

You’ll enter the park through a shady forest, where giant fig and mahogany trees are sustained by perennial groundwater springs. Home to shy troops of blue monkeys and a haven to buffalo and giraffe, this forest is a unique habitat.

Emerging onto the plains around Lake Manyara and at the foot of the picturesque Rift Valley escarpment you’ll begin to see more grazers – herds of elephant, zebra and giraffe, warthog families and groups of gazelle. The shallow, alkaline lake is often tinged pink with flamingos and if you are lucky they’ll be close to the lakeshore, providing a beautiful backdrop for your photographs.

A closer look might turn up Kirk’s dik-dik, one of Africa’s smallest antelope, or an agile klipspringer on the rocks. The broken acacia forests and escarpment make it good country for leopard, and there’s a healthy population of lion. Manyara’s lion are known for climbing trees more often than their relatives in Africa’s other parks. Huge troops of baboons, often numbering in their hundreds, are comical to watch.

The diversity of habitats is home to a wide variety of colourful birds, making Lake Manyara National Park a ‘must visit’ for keen ornithologists. Pelicans, storks and cranes feed on the lakeshore; ground hornbills, secretary birds and ostriches stalk the plains; Verreaux’s eagle and augur buzzards patrol the skies; gymnogenes (African harrier-hawks) root their prey out of tree stumps; and orioles, babblers and trogons sing in the woodlands.

A full-day game drive in Lake Manyara National Park usually starts early in the morning. However, the park can also be visited for a few hours en route between Arusha or Tarangire Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.

Please note: Expert Africa only books excursions as a part of a full, Expert Africa itinerary.

Start location
Any of Expert Africa's camps in the vicinity of Lake Manyara National Park
End location
Back at your safari camp
Meals included
Picnic lunch & drinks
Duration
Half-day or full-day
Maximum group size
Usually six people per vehicle

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What to look forward to.


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Lake Manyara is a small, but beautiful park...
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With the lake on one side, often rimmed pink with flamingos...
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...and the escarpment towering on the other side.
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Game viewing won't generally compare to the Crater or Serengeti...
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...but you can have some wonderful sightings.
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...against beautiful backdrops.
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You can appreciate the smaller animals too...
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...like the tiny dik-dik...
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You can easily spend a day exploring this small park...
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...but staying inside the park will allow you to watch the sunset...
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...over this small but beautiful park.

Lake Manyara is a small, but beautiful park...

With the lake on one side, often rimmed pink with flamingos...

...and the escarpment towering on the other side.

Game viewing won't generally compare to the Crater or Serengeti...

...but you can have some wonderful sightings.

...against beautiful backdrops.

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You can appreciate the smaller animals too...

...like the tiny dik-dik...

You can easily spend a day exploring this small park...

...but staying inside the park will allow you to watch the sunset...

...over this small but beautiful park.

Lake Manyara Safari reviews

33 independent first-hand comments from our travellers.


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31 reviews since August 2007
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KSfromCurrie

12 Nov 2019

"Small Park but lots to see"

"Small Park but lots to see …" Read KS’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mrs B.fromBasel

8 Oct 2019

"We loved it!"

"We loved Lake Manyara. The scenery was amazing! …" Read Mrs B.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Jonathan frombronte

6 Oct 2019

"Lake Manyara Safari review"

" Really enjoyed our day here...lots of elephants, incredibly close up. …" Read Jonathan ’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Overall rating: Excellent

SistersfromLondon

9 Sep 2019

"Lake Manyara Flamingos"

"A lovely day spent at lake Manyara …" Read Sisters’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Overall rating: Good

Mr & Mrs DfromHampshire

3 Sep 2019

"Great for Hippo spotting"

"Relaxing and laid back, with an amazing hippo pool with about 70 hippos …" Read Mr & Mrs D’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Overall rating: Excellent

Marilyn & DuanefromCA

1 Aug 2019

"A quick look."

Overall rating: Good

Mrs CfromHighgate

25 Jul 2019

"Great place to visit"

"Great place to visit …" Read Mrs C’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

See all Lake Manyara Safari reviews

Ideas for holidays which can include Lake Manyara Safari

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