Lake Manyara

Hemingway described Lake Manyara National Park’s magnificent hunting country in “The Green Hills of Africa”.


Mahogany and Sausage Trees are alive with Blue and Vervet Monkeys, Elephants feed off fallen fruit, while Bushbuck, Common Waterbuck, baboons and Leopard all make their home in the forest. Manyara is also a sanctuary to hippo, giraffe, impala, zebra, the elusive buffalo and lion.

Lake Manyara is also a birders paradise, offering over 400 species including red-billed quelia, pelicans and cormorants. The park is often just seen as a stopping off point on the popular ‘northern circuit’ of Tanzania, yet this small and interesting park definitely warrants a visit in its own right.

You will be highly rewarded spending two or three nights in the area. It is a magical refuge for wildlife sandwiched between the great rift escarpment and the village of Mto WA Mbu. Manyara is also a very important corridor for animals in the long dry season.

Lodges in Lake Manyara