Lake Manyara National Park Tanzania

Welcome to Lake Manyara National Park well known for the tree climbing lions, the soda ash lake that attracts thousands and pink flamingos, one of Tanzania’s biggest elephant population and breathtaking scenery! This travel guide offers you the most updated information about the attractions, Lake Manyara accommodation, getting there and so much more. Enjoy your safari in Tanzania!

Getting To Manyara National Park

The park can be accessed either through the southern or northern gates. The northern gate is more commonly used since most accommodation is located in

tour operators

Tanzania Safari Companies

For a memorable Safari experience in Lake Manyara National Park you are advised to book your tour through a good tour operator. Here are our most recommended companies.

In only 1 hour and 30 minutes you are able to reach Lake Manyara National Park by road from Arusha and in less than an hour still, if you are coming from the Ngorongoro crater. a number of areas within the northern part of the park get very busy with large numbers of tourists more so in the afternoon. You are advised to stay within the park or nearby for at least two nights to enjoy it to its fullest.

Established in 1960, Lake Manyara National Park is mainly visited by holidaymakers en route to other destinations on the Northern Safari Circuit of Tanzania like the Ngorongoro Crater, and some tourists do not even spend the overnight as a way of cutting down on their safari budget.

However we highly recommend holidaymakers particularly when visiting during the busy peak tourist season (July to November) to spend at least a night in order to better experience the rich diversity of wildlife in  this park and avoid any disappointments since the number of tourists in the park is generally high at this time of the year

When it come to Where to Stay, while on your visit to Lake Manyara National Park; it is usually best to reside either inside the park at any of the permanent camps like the Lake Manyara Tree Lodge or opt for a mobile tent which is more budget friendly. This will present you with the perfect way to adventure the park. that way, you will be able to begin your safari much earlier compared to other visitors who will be visiting the park on a mere day tour, giving you an in-depth exploration into the park on your Lake Manyara Tanzania Safari. You will definitely enjoy the best wildlife experience if you stay inside the park.

Two main gates, that is in the north and the south make up the 2 main entrances to Lake Manyara National Park. The northern gate has a number of accommodations located along it hence making it very busy as most of the visitors opt to use the northern part of the park. As you move towards the far south, the gate is rarely used considering that it also has controlled access. and there are just a few lodges and camps permitted to use this gate.

Combining Lake Manyara with other Northern Tanzania Safari Parks

Because of Lake Manyara National Park’s ideal location on the northern safari circuit of Tanzania, it can easily be combined with other destinations along this circuit such as the popular Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater as well as Tarangire National Park

3 Day Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro

Day1: Arrival

Day 2: Lake Manyara NP

Day 3: Ngorongoro – Departure

Accommodation: Budget

Cost: $730

5 Day Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro

Day1: Arrival – Lake Manyara NP

Day 2 – 3: Serengeti NP

Day 4: Ngorongoro

Day 5: Departure

Accommodation: Midrange

Cost: $2,150

Besides visiting other Tanzania destinations like Ngorongoro Crater, Selous Game Reserve, Tarangire National Park and so much more, You can opt for a gorilla trekking experience in Uganda and Rwanda or visit Masai Mara in Kenya so as to complete you visit to all the East African Safari destinations.