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Lake Manyara

Lake Manyara (Tanzania)

Practical information on Lake Manyara

  • Family
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Viewpoint
  • Lake
4 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
126 km by car from Arusha
When to go
From July to October
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Lake Manyara

David Debrincat Seasoned Traveller
459 written opinions

At a distance of 126 km from Arusha, a journey of around 90 minutes, lies Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its lions, which sit in the trees there. It is unique in Tanzania.

My suggestion:
Especially try to see the sunrise and sunset there. These are the best times of day to see the animals.
My review

Is it possible to organize a trip to Tanzania without including a safari? The answer seems to be no. The classic route offered takes you from Lake Manyara to Tarangire via the wonderful and legendary destinations of Ngorongoro and the Serengeti.

I advise you to make this your first stop so that you don't waste the first day travelling. Once past the entrance, the road goes through lush jungle. Baboons, toucans, antelopes and elephants are to be seen here. You emerge from the forest onto a vast plain. This is zebra, wildebeest and, of course, lion territory. The antelope here flee at the slightest suspicious sound. Whereas the calmer giraffes relish eating the leaves of the acacia trees. Around the lake's banks, the pink of thousands of flamingos adds a beautiful shade of color to accompany the blue of the water.

In short, Lake Manyara National Park is a beautiful place to begin your safari.

An elephant at Lake Manyara
Les globe blogueurs Seasoned Traveller
56 written opinions

Lake Manyara, located in the reserve sharing the same name, is surely one of the most beautiful lakes of the African continent. The wealth of its ecosystems make this a popular place for observing rich wildlife. A place that will delight the whole family. 

My suggestion:
Look after your belongings, the monkeys here are kings and will not hesitate to pinch your food if you don't keep it under constant surveillance. 
My review

Although the Lake Manyara reserve is small, you will be blown away by the extraordinary concentration of animals that you'll be able to see.

It's the prime area for important baboon colonies who literally take over the trees. Green and blue monkeys move around in groups and it was very touching to see the small monkeys cling onto their mothers.

There are also warthogs, giraffes and elephants. For birdwatching enthusiasts, we have been particularly spoilt, this area houses 400 different species and we have been able to observe wonderful specimens, notably a hornbill with an oversized beak and magnificent, unusually coloured passerines.

The highlight of the spectacle was without doubt seeing a large number of hippopotamuses coming to cool off on the banks of the lake. These animals demand respect as well as being imposing. We strongly advise you to add this stop-off point inthe organisation of your safari in Tanzania.

Colony of monkeys at Lake Manyara