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Lake Manyara Safari, Vacations & Wildlife Experiences

  • Hippopotamus surrounded by Egyptian geese
  • A young baboon in the forest near Lake Manara National Park is a great photo opportunity while on your Tanzania safari.
  • A young lion relaxing up in a tree makes for a great photo opportunity while on your Lake Manyara safari.
  • Leopard tortoise

Lake Manyara is a shallow alkaline lake found in the national park of the same name on a Tanzania safari. It is part of the Natron-Manyara-Balangida branch of the East African Rift in the Arusha region of Tanzania. The park covers an area of 329 square kilometres (127 square miles) of which 231 square kilometres (89 square miles) is the lake itself.

Lake Manyara National Park was established in 1960 and hosts a variety of habitats including groundwater forests, swampy fan delta, acacia woodlands and a grassy plain.
The park houses the largest baboon troops ever documented, these troops can include up to 200 baboons. Hippos, impalas, elephants, wildebeest, buffalo, warthogs and giraffes are all found in the park. There is a large leopard population but these elusive animals are often hard to spot. The lions of Lake Manyara are famous for climbing trees. It remains a mystery why these creatures spend so much time in trees, however some suggest that “umbrella trees” (acacia trees) help to beat the heat.

Lake Manyara has been described as an excellent bird-watching area on a Tanzania safari with more than 400 species being recorded there. Visitors can expect to see at least 100 species in a day including incredible flamingos that are attracted to the algae found in the lake.



Tanzania Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to Tanzania travel.

Learn about the history and culture of Tanzania, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Tanzania's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Tanzania for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Tanzania safaris today!


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After your African Safari, why not consider one of Goway's Europe tours or Egypt tours en route from Tanzania or perhaps a stopover in Dubai on one of our United Arab Emirates tours


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