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Stretching for 50km along the base of the rusty-gold 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara contains five distinct vegetation zones and is a scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”.

Size

330 sq km (127 sq miles), of which up to 200 sq km (77 sq miles) is lake when water levels are high.

Location

In northern Tanzania. The entrance gate lies 1.5 hours (126km/80 miles) west of Arusha along a newly surfaced road, close to the ethnically diverse market town of Mto wa Mbu.

Getting there

By road, charter or scheduled flight from Arusha, en-route to Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

What to do at Lake Manyara Park

Game drives, canoeing when the water levels is sufficiently high. Cultural tours, mountain bike tours, abseiling and forest walks on the escarpment outside the park.

Best time to visit Lake Manyara Park

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

Accommodation at Lake Manyara Park

One luxury tree house-style camp, public bandas and campsites inside the park. One luxury tented camp and two lodges perched on the Rift Wall overlooking the lake; several guesthouses and campsites in nearby Mto wa Mbu.