Great opportunities to view wildlife (African Elephant, Zebra, Giraffe, Impala, Hippo and different species of monkeys are plentiful); Tree climbing lions can be seen if you are lucky!
A little busy with traffic
Everything you dreamed Africa would be.
Lake Manyara has a diverse population of wildlife, and is distinct from other safari locations in terms of what you will see. The elephants are a bit less aggressive and smaller than in other areas because of the density of the trees. So you can get right up next to them without risk.It is also a great place for bird watching, with over 300...more
The diversity of animals and birds is so great in such a relatively small area.This was the first park I went to on safari and loved it. It is small(ish) compared with others, but I would imagine in high season can get busy. Never the less, this lush forested area, with the lake and savanna areas, set again the rift valley wall is beautiful. Also,...more
After the previous day's disappointing discovery that giraffe are not frequently seen in the Ngorongoro Crater (they don't like to climb up the rim to get in), giraffe were top of our list of animals to see in Lake Manyara National Park. Fortunately we didn't have to wait long to see the first one and before the day was over we had seen more than a...more
Lake Manyara is probably best known as a birding destination, especially for water birds. While the flamingoes once made the park famous, the lake edge has retreated far from the usual driving routes and the flamingoes can often only be seen as a vague pink shimmer in the distance. However, near the wetlands and streams you can still see dozens of...more
The Park is that lush and green, that you will have problems spotting animals.With all the trees it can be that you are suddenly standing in front of an elefant - BIG surprise.At water holes or small rivers they are easier to be seen (see picture).The park is famous for its tree climbing lions. Maybe they go up so that they can see better?Well, I...more
The Park is a refugee for any birds. The area closest to the water of the lake is closed for tourists, so that the birds can nest in peace and quiet.There are hundreds of them.In the picture you see some Pelicans. They are resting on a tree. If you want to make a picture try how close you can get before they fly off.more
In the case the wildlife is not ready to show itself you can always enjoy the beautiful landscape of the park. After the long rainy season from march to june, the lake is filled with water and the roads can be muddy. But then the dry season starts and part of the lake starts to dry, dustdevils can be seen at the salt flats.The lake is at the bottom...more
In the hot and humid months of November and December the park is best visited for birdwatching. There are about 350 birdspecies in the park. Ofcourse there is the flamingo in the salt water lake, but there are all sort of smaller and less known birds too.Buy a book on eastern african birds and you will know what you see.more
Lake Manyara NP is known for its wildlife. The best time to go for a game drive is in the dry period between July and October.Changes are you see elephants, because there are many in the park. But be on the lookout for the famous treeclimbing lion. It is said this the only region where lions climb trees. ( We must have seen one having a holiday in...more
Every evening at the hotel there is a short cultural show, with music, songs and acrobatics.
This was the first time we heard the song Jambo, jambo Bwana (hello, hello sir), in almost every lodge we visited later this song was performed. Want to hear it? Visit this website: http://mwanasimba.online.fr/MUSIC/jambo.mp3
The young boy doing some acrobatic acts was so flexible, one could not believe his eyes. The entire show lasted not more than 30 minutes, a basket for donations was provided...
Local artisans sell wooden (teak, rosewood and ebony), elephant hair and cotton batik crafts in stores that you can find on the eastbound side of the road between Arusha and Lake Manyara.
Always haggle and never pay the ridiculous prices that they initially quote you.
We found these stores to be the most reasonably priced and had the most selection of anywhere on the Safari tour.
What to buy: Wooden Crafts - candlesticks, masks, maasai warrior busts, etc
Batik designs of cloth, elephant hair bracelets, beaded jewelery
What to pay: Never pay the asking price, but haggle. Start with 50% of asking price and work your way up.
We spent the afternoon and evening in the park and as far as I can tell we saw pretty much all of it. I advise that you spend no longer. The park is very enclosed so unlike Ngorongoro which we visited the following day, many of the animals are hidden from view.Animals seenElephants, Impala, Giraffe, Hippopotami, Flamingos, Warthog, Zebras, Lizard...more
Lake Manyara got its name from a plant the Masai used to built their boma with. The lake itself is 220sq km, while the park (since 1960 National Park) has an area of 330 sq km.It is located at the foot of the Great Rift Escarpment, rising 600 meters high. Only 125 km from Arusha you can visit the park on a daytrip, but you can also stay the night...more