Lake Manyara National Park is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically positioned wildlife area, endowed with a huge but shallow soda lake covering almost two third of the entire park, this park is placed at he base of the great rift valley on its western escarpment. The park offer variety of habitat attracts many animal species including largest heard of elephants, the famous Lake Manyara tree climbing lions as well as large and colorful flocks of flamingos attracted by high concentration of algae.
Lake Manyara National Park Tanzania.
Lake Manyara National Park derived its name Manyara from Maasai word ‘emanyara’ which simply means Euphorbia tirucalli a milky weed used as hedge to form stockade for their cattle. Lake Manyara National Park covers an area of 330 square Km of which up to 200 square Km is the Lake when water level is high. The Park is located in Northern Tanzania about 1.5 hours drive (120 Km) west of Arusha along a newly surfaced road close to the ethnically diverse market town of Mto wa Mbu. Most of our Northern Tanzania safari Itinerary starts with Lake Manyara National Park. See our Camping safaris Tanzania.
Mto wa Mbu is a Swahili which means Mosquito Creek. This is a town adjacent to the Great Rift Valley growing fruits and vegetables hence been a busy town selling fruits and vegetables produced around the village. The town has become a temporary stop over for tourists and campers. The park is well known for its beautiful scenario as it stretches 50km along the base of the rusty-gold 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment, with a lot of underground water streams flows to the Lake. This ever green Park is home to many animal species and birds. Game animals like Buffalo, Elephant, Giraffe, Impala, hippo and others are harmoniously inhabit in this Park.
Lake Manyara National Park provides a perfect introduction to Tanzania’s bird life. More than 400 species have been recorded and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large water birds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks. The major unique features of this Park are the famous Lake Manyara tree-climbing lion as well as the Sulfur Springs known as Majimoto (Hot water) located on the Northern tip of the Park.
The Lake Manyara tree climbing lion are occasionally spending most of their day napping along the branches of umbrella acacia trees five to seven meters from the ground.
Lake Manyara National Park Best Time to Visit.
The best time to visit is during Dry Season July to October for large mammal viewing and Wet Season November to June for bird watching and canoeing safaris within the Lake.
Lake Manyara National Park is an ideal place for the day trip safari from Arusha, however, most of our Tanzania safaris package are including this park.