Lake Manyara National Park


Lake Manyara stretches for 50 kms and your game viewing day-trip offers a view of a virtual microcosm of the full Tanzanian safari experience.From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle-like groundwater forest where hundred-strong baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside, blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient mahogany trees, dainty bushbuck tread warily through the shadows, and outsized forest hornbills honk cacophonously in the high canopy.

Contrasting with the intimacy of the forest is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes – some so dark in coloration that they appear to be black from a distance.

Inland of the floodplain, a narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favoured haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants. Squadrons of banded mongoose dart between the acacias, while the diminutive Kirk’s dik-dik forages in their shade. Pairs of klipspringer are often seen silhouetted on the rocks above a field of searing hot springs that steams and bubbles adjacent to the lakeshore in the far south of the park.

Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large waterbirds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks.


Non game-viewing travel time: 3½ hours 
Distance: 210 km from Moshi


After breakfast you are driven to Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive and picnic lunch. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by a view of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment and large groups of baboons. We will travel through the agricultural and fresh produce market town of Mto Wa Mbu, which is situated next to the entrance of the Lake Manyara National Park. 

The town is a souvenir hunters paradise, harboring thousands souvenir salesmen - ready to pounce at your slightest invitation. The Lake Manyara National Park is one of Tanzania's most dramatically located African wildlife areas, consisting of a massive but shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park) at the foot of the Great Rift Valley's western escarpment. The park's varied habitat attracts a wide variety of animals; including one of Africa's densely populated of herd of African elephant, famous tree-climbing lions, as well as large flocks of flamingos, attracted by the algae in the lake. 

We will enjoy a picnic lunch inside the park and do two exciting morning and afternoon game drives, in search of the wildlife and birdlife that Manyara host along with a view of famous hot spring known as "Maji Moto". Late afternoon we return to your hotel.


Number of people

What it costs per person

   

1

$600.00 

2

$450.00 

3

$300.00 

4

$300.00 

5

$300.00 

6

$250.00 

7

$250.00 

8

$250.00 

9

$250.00 

10 or more

$250.00 


What is included


  • All park fees.
  • 4x4 Safari vehicle with a roof hatch.
  • Professional driver/guide.
  • Lunch boxes & drinking water.


What is not included


  • Tips for your guide
  • Additional drinks
  • Personal expenses (souvenirs, etc.)