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Manyara National Park

Situated within the vast expanse of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Manyara stands as a remarkable oasis. This unique location boasts dense tropical vegetation from a rich groundwater source fed by numerous springs emerging from the escarpment.

Beyond its groundwater forests, Lake Manyara features a scenic savannah dotted with acacias, expansive plains approaching the lake shores, and the dramatic backdrop of the Rift Valley escarpment. This setting presents a diverse microcosm of Tanzania’s natural beauty.

Adding to the allure, the park is inhabited by a rich variety of fauna, including elephants, buffaloes, the famed tree-climbing lions, and giraffes. Notably, it’s home to the world’s largest concentration of baboons, making for captivating game-viewing experiences.

Birdwatchers will find Lake Manyara a paradise. The park’s groundwater forest teems with diverse avian life, from pelicans and flamingos to the elusive giant kingfisher. This region offers the best chance to spot a giant kingfisher between the Indian Ocean and Lake Victoria. Additionally, the woodland kingfisher, a more standard yet smaller species, can frequently be observed near the forest edges.

Reasons to visit Lake Manyara National Park

  • Experience the unique groundwater forest.
  • Explore the rich flora of the region.
  • Witness a vast array of birdlife, especially along the lakeshore.
  • Admire the diverse and scenic landscapes.

What to Do

  • Game drives to witness the diverse fauna.
  • Bird-watching sessions.
  • Canoeing opportunities (when water levels permit).
  • Engaging in cultural tours.

Getting There

  • By road from Arusha, conveniently positioned en route to Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park.
  • Opt for scheduled or charter flights from Arusha, Zanzibar, or Dar es Salaam.

Best Time to Visit

  • Dry Season (July to October) – Ideal for observing larger mammals.
  • Wet Season (November to June) – Preferable for bird-watching, enjoying waterfalls, and canoeing experiences.


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