Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park is comprised of forest, woodland, grasslands, and swamps. Water covers two-thirds of the park and Lake Manyara is host to thousands of flamingoes, at certain times of the year, as well as other diverse bird life. The highlight of Lake Manyara Park is the large population of elephants, tree-climbing lions, and hippos can easily be spotted at a much closer range than in other parks. This park is also home to the largest concentration of baboons in the world.

Wildlife drives, canoeing (when water levels are high enough), mountain bike tours and bird watching are the most popular activities in Lake Manyara National Park.

Things to do:

Guided walks and around Lake Manyara

For those who are more outdoorsy and preferr to incorporate more hiking/walking activities in their itineraries, Lake Manyara is an excellent location for these type of activities.  Take a leisurely nature walk near Lake Manyara with a guide that can take anywhere from 1 to 1.5 hours. A forest hike is a more physical activity that requires relatively good fitness and a pair of sturdy hiking shoes as the trail can be quite steep.  This typically takes between 2.5 to 3 hours.

Mountain Biking

Prepare yourself for an exhibiting and thrilling experience to bike in the Lake Manyara region. It involves easy cycle ride down the great rift valley wall, and you will also pass through the farming villages of Mto wa Mbu you will also be able to bike through some of the Lake Manyara groundwater forest and between small herds of animals on the lake shore. This activity will take between 2.5 to 3 hrs.

Treetop Walkway

Manyara treetop walkway takes you on a sky-high adventure through the beautiful forest of Lake Manyara, walk among the treetop and experience untouched nature and wildlife from a unique perspective.

This 370m air walk starts with a short boardwalk that gradually rises from ground level up through the canopy of the forest. You will step over a series of supervision bridges with thick netting on the sides, and reach a higher of the rim off the ground, each of the bridges end with a viewing deck situated around tree trunks. This treetop platforms are perfect places to stop and enjoy life in the canopy amongst butterflies, monkeys, and birds.

Bird-eye View of the Forest

During this walk a guide will point out exciting facts about Lake Manyara flora and fauna, while you can enjoy a unique birds-eye view of the world around you, this is Tanzania’s first treetop walkways and one of the longest in Africa making it a significant outdoor activity for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Families, couples, individuals, and groups are all welcome.
Get ready for an experience you will never forget.

Recommended lodges for Manyara:

  • Bougainvillea
  • Farmhouse
  • Kitela
  • Tloma