Lake Manyara

The Land of the Tree Climbing Lions

Lake Manyara National Park consists of a number of ecosystems, incredible avifauna and breathtaking vistas.

Despite covering a relatively small area, Lake Manyara National Park holds an incredible diversity of ecosystems within its borders. Located between the cliffs of the Manyara Escarpment and the edge of the Rift Valley, here you will be able to admire bush plains, forests, hot springs and, of course, wildlife all in one incredible national park. 


  • Holds an incredible amount of ecosystems
  • Is home to the largest concentration of Baboons in the world
  • Contains over 400 different species of bird life 

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Lions Chilling (Dest)

Lake Manyara's famous tree-climbing lions are only one of the many reasons why this destination is worth visiting. The alkaline waters of Lake Manyara are home to a vast amount of avifauna that thrive in this national park. A true bird lovers paradise, here you will find species such as pink flamingo, yellow-billed storks, herons and white pelicans. On top of the hundreds of species that reside within Lake Manyara national park, there are also a large number of Euro-Asiatic migratory species that can be spotted during the European winter. 

As you drive through the gate, you're met by the lush, green forest that echoes with the sounds of Baboons. Lake Manyara national park hosts the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world. These playful primates can often be found 'monkeying-around' in large groups in this forest, an entertaining spectacle for first-time Safari goers. As you approach the lake, the forest gives way to the small savannas that are populated by Zebra, Wildebeest, Water hogs and Buffalo. The swamps are home to the hippos who spend most of their day submerged in order to take shelter from the blazing African sun. 

Further south you will come across the Xerophile forest and the hot springs. Towards the end, the park is reduced to a strip of beach that is nestled between the lake and the steep escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, flanked by huge granite boulders. Here you can regularly see the agile Klipspringer Antelope as well as Elephants and Buffalo.

Elephants are one of the main features of Manyara National Park, an attraction which is equaled only by Tarangire National park. Between the months of July and the first half of December, Tarangire is undoubtedly the best destination to see these magnificent creatures while between the second half of December and June, Manyara becomes the number one destination for Elephant sightings.

The compact game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers a visitors multiple opportunities to see many of the different species that inhabit the northern safari circuit. 


Lake Manyara national park is home to a great deal of avifauna; 400 different species to be exact, only slightly less than Tarangire national park but more than the Serengeti. A true bird lovers heaven, this national park also offers the chance to come across many other species: Elephant, Buffalo, Klipspringer Antelope, Baboons, blue monkeys,  Zebra, Wildebeest and Water hogs. 

Best Time to Explore

Mid July – October   

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