Welcome to Lake Manyara National Park


The dramatic western escarpment of the Rift Valley forms the park’s western border. To the east is the alkaline Lake Manyara, which covers one-third of the park but shrinks considerably in the dry season. During the rains, the lake hosts millions of flamingos and other bird life.


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Lake Manyara National Park activities

$1980 Multi-day & Extended Tours

8-Day Best of Kenya and Tanzania Safari from Nairobi

Day 1 Pick up in Nairobi at your accommodation of choice or the Nairobi airport. Start your safari to Maasai Mara at 8:30 a.m. Stop over at the Rift Valley viewpoint at 10 a.m. to see the escarpments and the flat lands below. The Rift Valley is a geographical formation that formed millions of years ago and runs from the top to bottom of Africa. Eat lunch in Narok town at 12 p.m. Arrive in Maasai Mara at 3 p.m. Take an evening game safari  drive at 4 p.m for 2 hours. Eat dinner and end your day at your lodging at the Lenchada Tourist Camp, which includes a big tent with a bed, toilet, hot running water, and shower. All food is served at the restaurant there, and a generator is provided to charge phones and cameras at night. Day 2 At 7:30 a.m., start a full-day game drive all the way to the Mara River, the site of the great wildebeest migration. Eat a picnic lunch in the park at 1 p.m. Complete the game drive and return to your accommodation at 4 p.m. In the evening, visit a Masai village to learn more about their culture for an hour. Eat dinner and enjoy free time in the evening. Day 3 Eat breakfast at 7 a.m. Take a morning game drive for 2 hours and exit through the South Gate. Drive to the Isebania border of Tanzania to arrive around midday. Complete the hour-long process to cross the Tanzania border. Meet your Tanzanian driver/guide and chef. Start the game drive in Serengeti en route to the accommodation. Eat dinner and relax. Here you sleep in tents that you will be provided with. You will also be offered a sleeping bag. The camp area is very safe and protected by armed guards and other tourists from other companies will be joining us. All meals are included in the Tanzania safari and will be made by the private chef traveling with you.Day 4 Breakfast at 7 a.m. Full-day game drive in Serengeti and picnic lunch at 1 p.m., then back to the base camp at 4 p.m. for dinner by our chef.Day 5 Depart Serengeti at 7 a.m. Game drive en route to Ngorongoro Park. Evening camping at Ngorongoro Crater at the Simba campsite. Day 6Full-day tour of Ngorongoro that begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Depart to drive and spend the night at Lake Manyara National Park's Alsamo campsite.Day 7Early morning half-day game drive in Lake Manyara National Park that begins at 7 a.m. Depart for Arusha and arrive around 4 p.m. Check-in at the Charity Hotel for a relaxing dinner. Bed and breakfast are all included.  Day 8 Eat breakfast at 6:30 a.m., and then depart for Nairobi with a morning luxury shuttle that departs at  7 a.m. Arrive around 3 p.m. in Nairobi.  Onward drop off to the airport or to the hotel within Nairobi.

$1575 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Day Tanzania Camping Safari: Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Cater and Tarangire National Park from Arusha

Day 1: You'll be picked up from your hotel in Arusha at 09:00 and depart for Tarangire National Park for a picnic lunch and game drive. Overnight at Zion Campsite or similar. (L, D)Day 2: After breakfast, depart for Serengeti National Park, with an en-route game drive. Have a picnic lunch and a short afternoon game drive in Serengeti Park. Overnight at Seronera Campsite or similar. (B, L, D)Day 3: After breakfast full you'll have a full day in Serengeti National Park, with early morning, mid-day and afternoon game drives. Overnight at Seronera Campsite or similar. (B, L, D)Day 4: Take an early morning game drive in Serengeti National Park, have brunch and depart for Ngorongoro Crater Rim. There will be an en-route game drive. Overnight at Simba Campsite or similar. (B, L, D)Day 5: Have an early breakfast, then descend onto the crater floor for game drive. Have lunch at hippo pool picnic site, then ascend to the rim and depart for Lake Manyara. Overnight at Jambo Campsite or similar. (B, L, D)Day 6: After breakfast, there will be a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. Have a picnic lunch, then depart mid-afternoon for Arusha and a drop-off at your hotel. (B, L)

$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.

$1800 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater 4 days safari from Arusha town

Day 1 – Arusha – Lake Manya ra Pick up from Arusha and transfer to Lake Manyara national park. We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge and after lunch do we head into the Lake Manyara National Park for an afternoon game drive. The park’s varied habitat attracts a wide variety of animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants, Lake Manyara’s unique tree-climbing lions, as well as large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake. Dinner and overnight at Migunga tented camp Day 2 – Lake Manyara – Serengeti P lains . After breakfast we head towards the Serengeti National Park, via the beautiful high lying farmland of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Leaving the highlands behind, we descend into the heart of wild Africa – the Serengeti National Park – with its endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. We head to the central park area, known as the Seronera area, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park, featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species. We arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti national park. Dinner and overnight at Robanda tented camp Day 3 – Serengeti Plains . This is your full day in the park with packed lunch. The big five are spotted this day and thousands of wildbeasts and zebras. Return for dinner and overnight. Day 4 – Ngorongoro crater to Arusha After breakfast at the lodge do we depart to Ngorongoro Conservation area. You will  proceed to the crater for wildlife view. Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro National Park supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park, is it’s dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. We will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually been seen here. You will later proceed to arusha town arriving late in the afternoon. This marks the end of your trip.

$1399 Multi-day & Extended Tours

5-Day Highlights of Tanzania Safari

Day 1 - Arusha - Lake Manyara National Park (L/D)This morning you'll head to Lake Manyara, an ancient soda lake in the Great Rift Valley, for some game viewing. The game in this beautiful national park is plentiful and the magnificent bird watching will make a devotee out of even the most reluctant. It is also one of the very few places in Africa to see the famous tree-climbing lions. Manyara’s great colonies of pink flamingoes will also delight. Day 2 - Lake Manyara National Park - Serengeti National Park (B/L/D)Today we set out for the endless open plains and stunning skies of Serengeti National Park - a famous migration corridor and UNESCO World heritage site. En route, we stop at Olduvai Gorge. We also make a stop at a Masai Village and pass through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which was created to accommodate the needs of the Maasai people and which tests the idea that humans leading a pastoral lifestyle can coexist with wildlife. Finally, enter the park and head to your lodge/camp in the heart of the Serengeti for dinner.Day 3 - Full Day Serengeti National Park (B/L/D)Today will be the "Serengeti game viewing day". After breakfast venture into the endless open plains of Serengeti National Park wilderness for a full day game drive with picnic lunches brought along with you. Large prides of lions laze in the tall grasses; families of elephants feed on acacia bark and trumpet to each other across the plains; while giraffes, gazelles, monkeys, eland and the whole range of African wildlife present themselves in awe-inspiring numbers. If you are there during the spectacular wildebeest migration, you will be more than astonished!Day 4 - Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater Rim (B/L/D)Wake up at 6am for early morning game drives in Serengeti before breakfast. Then after breakfast check out and take your picnic lunch box. Enjoy some last game viewing in Serengeti National Park en route to the world famous Ngorongoro Crater rim. Upon arrival, settle down at your stunning lodge/camp, situated on the rim of the crater. Be prepared for some remarkable views down onto the world’s largest, unflooded and unbroken caldera! Have dinner and overnight.Day 5 - Ngorongoro Crater Floor - Return to Arusha (B/L)Today we descend 2,000 feet into the giant caldera of this extinct volcano, considered as ‘Africa’s Eden’ and the ‘8th Natural Wonder of the World’. Uniquely beautiful, you will never see anything like it again. Take a break for lunch at Ngoitoktok spring before proceeding with some more game viewing and then ascending the crater to drive back to Arusha. We will drop you off at your accommodation in Arusha.

$2369 Outdoor Activities

10-Day Kenya & Tanzania 4WD Safari Adventure

Day 1: Nairobi Airport Pick-upToday you will be picked up at the Nairobi airport upon arrival and transferred to a tented camp where you will get settled in.Day 2: Nairobi - Masai Mara National Reserve (B/L/D)You will be picked from your hotel at 8:30am for journey south. You will arrive Masai Mara National Reserve in time for an afternoon game drive where you may have a chance of seeing the ‘Big Five'. Return to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.Day 3: Masai Mara National Reserve (B/L/D)Full day drives for the day to absorb the beauty and splendor of the Mara.Today you will be dropped off at the Masai Village at 5:00 pm for an opportunity to visit the Masai people to witness the singing and dancing that are part of their daily lives and sacred rituals.Day 4: Masai Mara National Reserve - Nairobi (B/L/D)Embark on your last game drive in the park this morning before breakfast. Then you will depart for your leisurely drive back to Nairobi today arriving in the late afternoon. This evening you will be picked up and transferred to the iconic Carnivore Restaurant for a dinner of various game meats.Day 5: Bus Nairobi to Arusha (B/D)Today you will take a bus from Nairobi to Arusha in the morning. Upon arrival you will be picked up at the bus station and transferred to your accommodation in Arusha. Dinner is included this evening.Day 6: Arusha - Lake Manyara National Park (B/L/D)Depart Arusha in the morning after breakfast for Lake Manyara National Park.  Day 7: Lake Manyara - Serengeti National Park  (B/L/D)After breakfast, leave for the UNESCO World heritage site of Serengeti National Park. En route, we stop at Olduvai Gorge, the “cradle of mankind”. We also make a stop at a Masai Village and pass through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Day 8: Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater Rim (B/L/D)Early morning game drives in Serengeti before breakfast. Then after breakfast check out and take your picnic lunch box. Enjoy some game viewing in Serengeti National Park en route to the world famous Ngorongoro Crater rim.Day 9: Ngorongoro Crater Floor - Drive Back to Arusha (B/L/D)Today we descend 2,000 feet into the giant caldera of this extinct volcano.Take a break for lunch at Ngoitoktok spring before more game viewing and then the drive back to Arusha. Day 10: Airport Drop-off (B)Check out of your accommodation to be transferred to the airport in time to catch your flight. 

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