Welcome to Mto wa Mbu

Top experiences in Mto wa Mbu

Amazing hotels and hostels

We've pre-picked the best hotels, hostels and bed and breakfasts to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

Travel guides

Starting at $36.39

Image for

Mto wa Mbu activities

$200 Day Trips & Excursions

Lake Manyara Guided Day Tour from Arusha

Pickup from your hotel in Arusha at 7am and enjoy a spectacular one-day trip that includes wildlife-viewing and an opportunity to learn about the everyday lives of Tanzanian villagers. On the edge of the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park is small, but its diverse eco-systems pack in a huge variety of animal and bird life. It is rightly famous for its tree-climbing lions, but also for its boisterous baboons! A riot of color is provided by the bird life here, and your day trip also includes a village tour of Mto wa Mbu. Set amidst phenomenal landscape, you search out the wildlife on the plains and in the acacia woodlands, not forgetting the shores of the shallow alkaline lake itself. Although this is a small park, with much of it underwater, it is a varied environment with characteristic fig and mahogany trees prevalent here. You might spot Lake Manyara's renowned tree-climbing lions, but you could easily find elephant, hippo, wildebeest, buffalo and giraffe, plus many other species. A splash of color will be added by the pink-hued flamingos, one of 400 bird species recorded here. Also present are spoonbills, stilts, egrets, pelicans, cormorants and yellow-billed storks.

$570 Day Trips & Excursions

1 Day Lake Manyara safari

After breakfast you are met by our professional tour guide/driver, who will deliver a short safari info briefing, after which we travel west to the Great Rift Valley and the Lake Manyara National Park. 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 African elephants herds, Lake Manyara’s 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 tree-climbing lions. Late afternoon we depart for Arusha from Lake Manyara where we will end our safari adventure. You will be taken to your hotel, which ends our tour packages services.

$3800 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7-Day Private Tour Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Tarangire, Ngorongoro from Arusha

Day 1: Arusha to Tarangire National ParkAfter breakfast at the lodge, leave early to the Tarangire National Park. This is the third largest park in Tanzania, and it is characterized by the amazingly large herds of elephants that can be encountered in this park. Overnight is at Panorama campsite. Day 2: Tarangire to Serengeti National ParkEnjoy breakfast at 6am. Embark on a drive to the Great Serengeti National Park with your picnic lunch en route via Ngorongoro Crater rim. Dinner and overnight at Seronera Campsite.Day 3: Central Serengeti  After breakfast, continue with both morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park. Remember this is the migration safari, so your game drives will depend on the movement of the migrants. Your guide knows how to locate the herds. The Serengeti National Park is famous for the Great Migration. Dinner and overnight at Seronera Campsite. Day 4: Serengeti to Ngorongoro CraterAfter breakfast, continue with game view in the Serengeti for three hours. Then, proceed with game on route arrive at nabi gate for lunch and after that proceed to Ngorongoro conservation area for dinner. Overnight at Simba Campsite.Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater to Lake ManyaraStart at 7am for the game drive with a picnic lunch inside the Ngorongoro Crater. As very few animals migrate in and out of the crater with its 2000 foot-high walls, you can expect to see lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes, many birds, and other species. Your guide will be in contact with other safari drivers and will amaze you with their skill at locating the hidden animals. After exploration in Ngorongoro Crater, drive to Fanaka Campsite for dinner and overnight.Day 6 Lake Manyara  to ArushaThe journey continues to the village of Mto wa Mbu near Lake Manyara. Over the years the village has attracted people from various ethnic groups, and the wide variety of backgrounds and ethnicities has created a multicultural atmosphere in Mto wa Mbu. After a short briefing your guide will take you on a walk through the village and its surroundings. Dinner and Overnight at Arusha Tourist Inn Hotel.Day 7: Arusha National parkDepart Arusha in the morning with your private guide and travel to Arusha National Park, a short 40-minute drive. The park has an incredible variety of fauna and flora, which cannot fail to impress. Hollywood also chose this region to film the movie Hartari in which Hardy Kruger starred alongside the legendary John Wayne. Proceed back to Arusha in the evening.

$6000 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7-Day Family Tour: Northern Tanzania from Arusha

Day 1: Arusha – Tarangire National ParkAfter a short briefing, your luggage is loaded onto the vehicle, then you'll head in direction of the Tarangire National Park. Giant Baobab trees, the bush savannah and the seasonal marshes add to the wonder of this nature reserve. After a day of wildlife watching, you will stay in the park in the late afternoon and drive to the Tarangire Safari Lodge, where you will overnight. (L, D)Day 2: Tarangire Region – Mto Wa Mbu cultural program – Lake Manyara The park is well known for its “tree climbing lions”. Visitors can regularly observe lions taking a nap in the tree canopies or escaping from the heat on the ground. Photo stops will be taken and you will be able to enjoy the spectacular views. You spend the night at Lake Manyara Serena lodge. (B, L, D)Day 3: Lake Manyara Region – Serengeti National Park Today, you make your way to the vegetation rich crater highlands. You continue to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area via Karatu. After passing the crater highlands, you will soon see the plains of the southern Serengeti. Depending on the season, you will either stay at the Serengeti Serena Safari lodge inside the park. (B, L, D)Day 4: Serengeti National Park Today is set aside for game viewing and the Serengeti is at your disposal. The best vantage points and worthwhile areas are chosen to give you the best possible chance to observe animals and to capture the perfect photo. From the northwest of the Serengeti to the plains in the south, your guide will know where and when to find the animals and will make sure that you can see them from the best spot in the park. You will spend another night at your lodge. (B, L, D)Day 5: Serengeti National Park – Karatu – Coffee Walk On your outward journey to the Serengeti National Park Gate, you will have another chance to observe the beautiful animals of Africa. Leaving behind the wonderful Seronera Valley, with its wildebeests and zebras as well as occasional visitors like lions and other large cats such as cheetahs and leopards, you will exit the Serengeti and drive toward the Ngorongoro Crater. After a picnic lunch at a designated picnic spot, you will travel in direction of the Ngorongoro Crater and Ngorongoro Farm House. (B, L, D)Day 6: Karatu - Ngorongoro Crater After breakfast at daybreak, you will travel back to the adventurous trail that takes you into the crater. Grass steppes and acacia forests are home to almost all species of animals found in the East African savanna. After extensive game viewing and a picnic in the crater, you will leave the highlands of Ngorongoro in the afternoon and travel back to Karatu to spend another night at the Ngorongoro Farm House. (B, L, D)Day 7: Karatu – Arusha After a relaxing breakfast, you will travel back to Arusha, where you will arrive in the late evening. (B, L)

$1035 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2 Days Short Safaris- - Lake Manyara Or Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater

Tour Itinerary:  Day 1: Arusha - Lake Manyara National Park  Early morning after breakfast, pick up from hotel your with packed lunch and proceed to Lake Manyara National Park for game viewing in the Northern part of the Park. Here expect to see game such as buffaloes, elephants including the famous tree climbing lions. Break off for refreshment and lunch at the picnic site. After lunch drive southwards, here you will be greeted by bubbling hot springs and a herd of hippos. Also expect to see a variety of birds including pelicans, cormorants and thousands of flamingoes. Late evening, drive to Manyara Twiga Lodge for dinner and overnight. Full Board Option TwoDay 1: Tarangire National ParkAfter breakfast you will be picked up from hotel in Arusha town 0830hrs and drive to Tarangire National Park. Spend Full day exploring Tarangire, one of Tanzania’s ‘secret’ wildlife havens… teeming with large populations of elephant, predators and their fleet-footed prey. Late evening drive to Manyara (Mto wa Mbu) for dinner and overnight in Manyara. Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater - Back to Arusha  After check out and early breakfast, with packed lunch transfer and descend to the crater floor for full day game viewing, while here expect to see a variety of birds including thousands of flamingoes and other water birds. The big game here includes the endangered black rhinos, elephant, zebras, hippos, gazelle, and predators such as lions, cheetahs, hyenas and leopards. Break for lunch at the picnic site and there after proceed with game viewing up to the late evening when you will ascend the crater and drive back to Arusha town.

$310 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Safari in Lake Manyara National Park from Arusha

After breakfast you are met by your professional tour guide/driver, who will deliver a short safari info briefing, after which you travel west to the Great Rift Valley and the Lake Manyara National Park. You 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 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 African elephants herds, Lake Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions, as well as large flocks of flamingos, attracted by the algae in the lake. You will enjoy a picnic lunch inside the park and do exciting morning and afternoon game drives, in search of the tree-climbing lions. Late afternoon you depart for Arusha from Lake Manyara where you will end your safari adventure. You will be taken to your hotel.