The Lake Manyara is a small and wonderful park between the escarpment of the Rift Valley and its lake that delimits it to the east. The forest, strip 40 km long, and less than 10 km wide, famous for the lions that climb the acacias, is a lush jungle fed by the warm underground springs of Ngorongoro, inhabited by a wide variety of fauna, predators and birds.
A safari that is not challenging and affordable for everyone, a jewel not to be missed for its rich ecosystem and the landscape that frames it.
half an hour from Karatu
2 hours and a half from Arusha
1 hour from Tarangire National Park
1 day to visit the park
altitude from 850 meters (lake) to 2,000 meters (Rift Valley Escarpment)
648 km² size of which 263 Km² of lake (more or less the surface of the Island of Elba!)
accomodation in Arusha – outside the protected area, you save accommodation fees in the park
accomodation in Karatu – close to the protected area, save accommodation fees in the park
accomodation in Mto Wa Mbu – for fast access to the park
the lush equatorial forest, in the area close to the entrance gate, hosts, among other animals, a large and sociable community of baboons
approaching the lake, towards the pool of hippopotamuses, you enter the savannah to the swamps around which many birds gather and where the animals refresh between water and the green flamboyant grass
descending southwards, you enter the forest again, where, with a bit of luck, you can see the lions on the trees
hot water springs – Maji moto – flow close to the spur of the Rift Valley that slopes down to the lake, where you collect hippopotamus and numerous birds
Lake Manyara National Park, defined by Ernest Hemingway as “the most beautiful lake on the African continent”, is home to 11 different ecosystems close to the spectacular escarpment of the Rift Valley.
The lake is named after a plant, the Euphorbia Candelabro, which the Masai call Emanyara. Its shallow waters, which do not flow into any emissary, give life to the rich equatorial forest, to the floodplains of a bright green, to the reeds of the marshes. Towards the escarpment you can admire huge baobab, but it is the sycamore, with its yellow-cream bark, the most common plant in the park.
The geothermal activity of volcanic origin gives rise to sulfur springs that attract many flamingos, insensitive to the high temperature of the water that reaches 76 degrees.
The park is a paradise for birdwatchers.
The arboreal lions, characteristic of this area, are only one of the many reasons to visit the park, but it is good to know that, although widespread, the forest is so thick that it is not always possible to admire the majestic felines spread on the branches of the acacias.
Safari by car: our programs provide a path that reaches all areas of the park, activities that normally requires a little more than half
Entry to the National Parks in Tanzania is allowed to licensed off-road vehicles of local tour operators with a valid license. The paths of the safaris are strictly bound to the trails. The strict regulation of parks has the laudable aim of safeguarding the inestimable natural heritage and supporting the local economy. The “DIY tourism” presents many unknowns and therefore becomes difficult to practice. With us, local tour operator with Italian participation, you can realize your dream of a tailor-made safari! Contact us
ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE THE PARK (during the day)
Village Mto Wa Mbu: cycling tour
To find information on park fees, already included in the price of our safaris, go to Park Fees. The park taxation system in Tanzania is the necessary contribution to the conservation of an uncontaminated and wild natural heritage, of inestimable environmental value.
For general information about all parks in Tanzania and about this park – when to go, where it is, nearby destinations – go to Parks
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