Lake Manyara National Park derives its name from the plant Emanyara, used by the Masai to cover their hedges.

Created as a national park in 1981.

Area of 330km sq, of which only 110km sq is land.

Located in Northern Tanzania, 126km west of Arusha. The park is dramatically marked off at its entrance by lush green vegetation, consisting of tall trees providing a home to troops of baboons and blue monkeys. Further through the forest opens into woodlands and swamps beyond the soda lake itself.

When to visit Lake Manyara National Park

Best time to visit is June to October for large mammals and November to June for bird watching. The rainfall pattern in the park is bi-modal, with short rains starting from November ot December and long rains from February to May. Dry season is from late June to October.

The park has an excellent new visitor center.

Lake Manyara National Park cost
Entry per 24hrs is $35, plus $40 per vehicle.

Lake Manyara National Park highlights
Spotting the big five in sight of one huge wall of the great rift valley.

Activities at Lake Manyara National Park
Canoeing on the lake, half or full day ($20 or $40)
Walking safaris for $20

Getting to Lake Manyara National Park

Staying at Lake Manyara National Park
There’s a campsite with OK facilities, which charges $50pppn. Better value are the bandas which come in at $30pppn. Alternatively in the south end of the park the high-end Lake Manyare Tree Lodge offers some classic safari-chic accommodation. Near the entrance gate, the town of Mto wa Mbu has a range of budget to luxury accommodation.