Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park in the north of Tanzania is situated between Lake Manyara and the Great Rift Valley and centers around its eponymous alkaline lake.

Tree-Climbing Lions and Pink Painting Flamingoes

Well known for its unusual tree-climbing lions and the vast elephant herds it was established to protect. At the center is the expansive soda ash lake where thousands of greater and lesser pink flamingos gather along with pink-backed pelicans, yellow-billed storks, grey herons and pods of hippos.  A shimmering expanse of alkaline water stretches along the horizon, transforming the landscape into a vibrant tapestry of colours. Beyond the lake, the park encompasses lush groundwater forests, open grassy plains, and rocky escarpments, each offering unique habitats for a variety of animal species. Large herds of buffalo, cheetah, Masai giraffe and impala roam the lake shores and the forested valley slopes. Large troops of olive baboons appear alongside Sykes monkey and short-eared galago. Cape clawless otter, Egyptian mongoose, hippo and klipspringer are other park residents.

Rift Valley Lakes, Dense Woodlands and Steep Mountainsides

Lake Manyara National Park is a treasure trove of scenic beauty and biodiversity where ancient mahogany, fig trees and groundwater forest meet open grasslands. All against the backdrop of the lake and surrounding hills. Venture along the park’s network of trails, embark on thrilling game drives, or enjoy a leisurely picnic by the lakeshore, soaking in the serenity of this remarkable destination. As well as enjoying game drives and walking safaris, you can visit the Maji Moto hot springs to soak in the warm, clear water under the shade of leafy trees. Lake Manyara National Park is an all-year destination, however, the dry season from July to November is considered the best time for game viewing. 


Lake Manyara National Park offers carefully selected accommodation options that cater to different preferences. From luxury lodges nestled amidst the park's pristine landscapes to tented camps that offer a more intimate and immersive experience.