Lake Manyara

Sometimes pink-tinged with the wings of migratory flamingos, Lake Manyara is home to pelicans and many other aquatic bird species.

Overview

From whichever way you approach this hauntingly beautiful soda lake, your first view of Lake Manyara is spectacular. From Arusha & Tarangire side, the sheer red cliffs of the Rift Valley wall rise several hundred metres to form an impressive backdrop. But from the west on the top of the escarpment, the park lies far below – a long green strip of water glistening in the sunlight.

The Lake Manyara National Park covers an area of 330 sq km of which two-thirds is the lake itself. The lake starred in the film Out of Africa. (Remember the famous scene when the two lovers fly over the escarpment in a small plane?) The rest is a mix of vegetation, open savanna, shady forest glades and fresh water streams.

Lake Manyara Park is only about 1½ hours drive from Arusha. So it is often visited en route between Arusha or the Tarangire Park and the Ngorongoro crater. You can also use the Ngorongoro area as a base for a few nights and visit from there (only 1 hour away).  In the summer months, it is rewarding from a birding point of view. But, given its accessibility, it does get busy with day visitors during the peak season (dry winter months).
If your time permits, we recommend staying a night or two in the park so you can venture further south into the park, and enjoy it after the day visitors have left.

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Ginny Russell

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Our experienced band of Safari Planners can create a bespoke plan for you. Ginny has returned from the UK to Africa at least twice a year for 25 years and advocates for Slow Travel and a more immersive experience.

Features

Why you may love it

  • Aquatic bird species including flamingos & pelicans.
  • Treetop canopy walk.
  • Baboon troops of up to 200 individuals playing and interacting.

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When to visit Lake Manyara

Mid-October to March

Summer in Lake Manyara

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AVG RAINFALL 108mm
AVG DAYLIGHT 7 Hours
MAX TEMP 25 ℃ / 77 ℉
MIN TEMP 17 ℃ / 63 ℉

April to May

Summer in Lake Manyara

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AVG RAINFALL 108mm
AVG DAYLIGHT 7 Hours
MAX TEMP 25 ℃ / 77 ℉
MIN TEMP 17 ℃ / 63 ℉

June to mid-October

Summer in Lake Manyara

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AVG RAINFALL 108mm
AVG DAYLIGHT 7 Hours
MAX TEMP 25 ℃ / 77 ℉
MIN TEMP 17 ℃ / 63 ℉

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