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Tanzania National Parks and Game Reserves - Lake Manyara National Park
Tanzania info > Tanzania Parks and Reserves > Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park, which encompasses an area of 330, of which 200 is lake,"extolled by Ernest Hemingway as "the loveliest I had seen in Africa"" was proclaimed a game reserve in 1957 and registered three years later as a National Park. The park is situated between the 600 m high escarpment of the Great Rift Valley and Lake Manyara and is 130 km from Arusha.

Lake Manyara has 5 distinct zones: -. Ground water forest with towering mahogany and fig tree; - Extensive marshland reeds; - Plains of grassland; - Parklands scattered with acacia trees; - Scrubland on the face of the rift wall

Lake Manyara National Park and Its sorroundings, click the map to expand and view details
Lake Manyara National Park and Its sorroundings, click the map to expand and view details

1. Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge
3. Youth Hostel
4. Lake Manyara Serena Lodge
Eunoto Retreat Lodge
6. Twiga Lodge and Campsite
Kudu Lodge
8. Gibbs Farm
Plantation Lodge
The Octagon Safari Lodge

11. Kifaru Lodge
Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
Elephant Safari Lodge
17. Tarangire safari Lodge
18. Tarangire Sopa Lodge
18. Hotels in Arusha

19. Hotels in Kilimanjaro

Thus, it can be visited on a day excursion from this centre. At the Southern end of the park are hot Sulphur Springs known as Majimoto. Further along the forest the area opens up into woodlands, grassland, swamps and beyond, the soda lake itself.

Wildlife; Nestling at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, the park is recognized for its incredible beauty. Wildlife at Lake Manyara is not restricted to birdlife only. Many game animals such as Buffalo, Elephant, Giraffe, Impala, hippo and a great variety of smaller animals also inhabit the park.

Hippo Pool - Lake Manyara National ParkLake Manyara is also renown for its tree-climbing lions which spend most of the day spread out along the branches of acacia trees six to seven metres above the ground. The park contains the most pachyderms per km sq. in Tanzania. As visitors enter the gate, they pass into the lush forest, home to troops of baboons and blue monkeys. Buffalo and hippo lurch in the adjacent Hippo Pool. The vegetation eventually merges into flat topped acacia woodland where, in the heat of the day entire prides of lion can be seen stretched on the branches of these trees - a habit prevalent to Manyara lions.

Along with these amazing tree-climbing lions there are the usual browsers and grazers as well as the curios-looking banded mongoose. Two thirds of the park is dominated by the slightly alkaline lake which is home to a huge variety of waterbirds.

; More than 400 species of bird including flamingo, pelican, red billed quelea, storks, sacred ibis, cormorants and Egyptian geese can be sighted in this area. Other species of birds include the African spoonbill, lesser flamingo, white pelican and white faced duck.

Getting There: Lake Manyara National Park is 130 km west of Arusha and the drive takes about two and half hours. The entrance to the park is off to the left of the Great North Road at Makuyuni. From here there is a track that goes past the lake and through the village of Mto wa Mbu to the park entrance.

Dry season (July-October) for large mammals; wet season (November-June) for bird watching, the waterfalls and canoeing.

(Maximum Celsius in Resort Areas)

Area J F M A M J J A S O N D
Manyara 28 29 29 26 25 23 21 19 23 26 26 28

Rainfall chart.

Area J F M A M J J A S O N D
Manyara 13 10 8 22 13 1 1 1 2 5 14 18

(To convert into inches, divide by 25.4)
Rainfall Figures (All in mm)

Mto wa Mbu ( meaning Mosquito Creek) is a small busy market town selling fruit and vegetables produced by the fruitful adjacent farms. The little settlement has become a temporary stop over for tourists and campers.

Lake Manyara National Park - tree climbing lions

When To Visit; The dry season of July to October is the best time to visit to spot large mammals, whilst the wet season of November to June is the best time for birdwatching.







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