Tanzania Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park is the only protected area where you will find the tree-climbing lions, the only kind of their species in the world. These Lions make the ancient mahogany and elegant acacia in the park their homes during the rainy season


Lake Manyara National park is a well-protected area covering an area of 325 km2 including about 230 km2 lake surface established in the 1960s in Tanzania’s Manyara and Arusha Regions. It is situated between the Great Rift Valley to the west and Lake Manyara an alkaline lake to the east and is located 126 km southwest of Arusha with Marang Forest Reserve to the south while to the east is the Kwa Kuchinja wildlife Migration corridor that makes it possible for the wildlife to migrate between the Tarangire National park to the Southeast Lake Manyara to the west and the Engaruka Basin to the north.

The park is characterized with lake Manyara which is an alkaline salty lake and home to an incredible array of birdlife that thrives on its brackish waters, forest near the park gate sustained by the groundwater-dominated by mahogany trees, extensive marshlands, saline flats that expand in the dry season as the surface area of the lake shrinks and the floodplain.

The park offers varied ecosystems, incredible birdlife, and breathtaking views however, it is known for the tree-climbing lions, the soda ash lake and its flamingo. It has an enormous number of Elephants, Giraffe, Wildebeest, Zebra and Klipspringer often on the ramps of the escarpment as well as lions hosted within the broken forest.


  1. Canoeing in Lake Manyara

Lake Manyara National Park is an habitant to a large diversity of bird species including thousands of pink-hued flamingos. Tourists can have a close watch of the Buffalos, Elephants and many grazing animals on the shores from the comfort of the Canoe while enjoying the breathtaking scenery and beauty of the surrounding. Tourists under the company of professional guides meet at the canoe launching site (Endala Picnic Site) in the morning or Afternoon to receive the canoeing instruction and information before getting into the water on a stable 2 -person fiberglass canoes.

2. Bird Watching.

The park is a habitant of over 350 bird species with more than 2 million flamingos flocking in the middle of the lake, the spoonbills, herons, egrets, and other waders congregate around the edges and water meadows while the captivating species are viewed in the evergreen forests

3. Hot Springs. The springs of the rift valley with 70 degrees’ warm water is such a rare geological feature that gives Lake Manyara National Park tourists a great opportunity.

4. Wildlife watching.

Lake Manyara National Park is known for its tree-climbing lions, elephant and huge number of baboons. The Park’s underground water forest supports many primates and a wide range of wildlife including the wildebeest, buffalo, Zebra, Giraffe, hippo, and Flamingos. Book your Trip with AKITA Tours and Travels to enjoy a clear of the pride of wildlife relaxing on the acacia tree.

5. Canopy walking. Walking on the canopy in the park provides tourists a bird-eye watch of the groundwater forest.

325 km2 where 200 km2 is the Lake Manyara when Water level is high.
Northern Tanzania 126 km south west of Arusha
Drive Distance:
11/2-hour drive
Tour Activities:
Game driving, Canopy Walking, Hiking, Mountain Biking at some lodges, Valley Trips, Canoeing, Birding, Hot Springs.
Tour Schedule:
From July to October but always open.
Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, Lake Manyara accommodation - Lodges and hotels near Lake Manyara, Kirurumu Tented Camp and Lake Manyara Serena Lodge, Plantation Lodge, Gibbs located within Lake Manyara, nearby Karatu area, on the top of the Rift Valley.
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