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Lake Manyara National Park

Why visit Lake Manyara

Lake Manyara National Park was established to preserve its diverse ecosystems and wildlife in the northern region of Tanzania near Arusha.


The park spans a vast area encompassing two-thirds of a shallow alkaline lake called Lake Manyara. This serene lake is renowned for its breathtaking flocks of greater and lesser pink flamingos. During the wet season, from November to April, the lake's flamingo population swells, painting the entire environment a stunning shade of pink. The park boasts numerous water birds, such as pelican, stork, and heron. The marshes surrounding the lake are also a haven for hippo, who can be seen wallowing in the mud. Lake Manyara National Park has various habitats, including grassy savannahs, acacia woodlands, and dense forests. You can spot elusive tree-climbing lion, majestic elephant with long tusks, graceful giraffe, buffalo, zebra and wildebeest. The easily accessible Lake Manyara National Park offers unparalleled beauty and irresistible charm. 

Top reasons to go on a Lake Manyara Safari

Going on a safari in Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania offers a blend of unique experiences and sights that make it a must-visit destination for nature and wildlife enthusiasts. The park’s diverse ecosystem and variety of habitats offer exceptional game viewing. Around the lake and wetlands, bird viewing is magnificent with over 400 species to see. These scenic landscapes can be explored on game drives driving the day and thrilling drives at night to observe some of the nocturnal species. One of the region’s highlights is a chance to spot the unique tree-climbing lions of Lake Manyara.  

Lake Manyara National Park Camps

On Lake Manyara’s eastern edge is Chem Chem Lodge, our Asilia-approved partner bordering the exclusive Burunge Wildlife Management Area. Between exciting safaris, cool off in the swimming pool and sip sensational sundowners by the lake. Families and groups can enjoy exclusive use of Forest Chem Chem, while Little Chem Chem boasts six luxurious rustic tents. 

Lake Manyara National Park Itineraries

Discover the wonders, beauty and unique adventures of Lake Manyara National Park, the dazzling jewel of East Africa. Let our safari experts craft a dream itinerary perfectly tailored to your preferences and interests. Explore these sample journeys and get inspired by the most enchanting, romantic and adventurous experiences Lake Manyara offers.  


Browse our gallery to see some of the wildlife, scenery, activities and accommodation in Lake Manyara National Park.

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