Holidays to Lake Manyara

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Ernest Hemingway called this lake 'the most beautiful lake in all Africa'. Lake Manyara National Park is at the base of the 600m high Rift Valley Escarpment and only a couple of hours drive from Arusha.

Sighting of a tree climbing lion on holidays to Lake Manyara Greg's photo elephant Lake Manyara NP

Usually, Lake Manyara is the first park visited on a northern circuit safari. The Lake itself is shallow, and possesses high alkaline levels, which attracts masses of flamingos. A narrow strip of forest runs between the lake and the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley wall, which forms the border to the park. Within this forest there is permanent fresh spring water trickling from the rift wall and this supports a great deal of wildlife.

The park is well known for its unusual tree-climbing lions and herds of elephant, the latter being the subject of a comprehensive research project and the book "Among the Elephants" by Iain and Oria Douglas-Hamilton. The park is also home to hippos, baboons, giraffes, zebra, wildebeest, and is particularly good for bird watching, with over 380 species having been recorded.

Holidays to Lake Manyara are excellent all year round with game drives the staple way to explore its natural beauty. However, from certain properties night drives and short walks are on offer.

Lake Manyara Highlights

  • Famous tree climbing lions
  • Large flocks of flamingo attracted to the Lake
  • One of the best loved parks in Tanzania
  • Home to a diversity of big game including the big 5
  • A hotspot for birds with over 380 species

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Selected Lake Manyara Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries, showcasing the best of Lake Manyara

All Tanzania Itineraries
Suite exteriors - Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

The Wonders of Tanzania's Northern Circuit Special

Cost Per Person
From $8,710 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Serengeti & Grumeti Reserves
Game Drive  - Elephants

Kenya and Tanzania Luxury Safari and Beach Holiday

Cost Per Person
From $10,440 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Masai Mara, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Zanzibar Island

Lake Manyara Accommmodation

All Tanzania accommodations
  • Kirurumu Manyara Lodge
    Tented room exterior

    Delivering magnificent views of Mount Losimingori and Lake Manyara, this tented camp offers an authentic wilderness experience with guided Maasai walks and exciting game drives.

  • Lake Manyara Tree Lodge
    Game dive with Lake Manyara in the background

    The only lodge found in the stunning Lake Manyara National Park, explore the area's natural beauty from your tree house suites and take in captivating herds of elephant and buffalo.

  • Lemala Manyara

    A seasonal tented camp, Lemala Manyara boasts colonial style and and is set against the backdrop of lush wilderness, with excellent views of the lake.

  • Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

    Offering impeccable views of the Great Rift Valley from its setting on the Mto Wa Mbu escarpment, this excellent lodge offers a range of exciting activities to explore the surrounding area.