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Lake Manyara National Park is comprised of forest, woodland, grasslands, and swamps. Two-thirds of the park is covered by water and it is host to thousands of flamingoes, at certain times of the year, as well as other diverse bird life. The highlight of the park is the large population of elephants, tree-climbing lions, and hippos, which can be observed at a much closer range than in other parks. This park is also home to the largest concentration of baboons in the world.

Wildlife drives, canoeing (when water levels are high enough), mountain bike tours, and bird watching are the most popular activities in this park

Game Sighting at Lake Manyara


The park is more tranquil than most of the larger, more well-known parks. There are fewer safari vehicles, especially early in the morning, to hide the scene and possibly scare the animals away.

It is easily accessible by car or air; it’s a 2-hour drive from Arusha on a decent tarmac road. Scheduled flights from Arusha, Zanzibar, and Dar es Salaam provide access to the park.

Tree-climbing lions call Lake Manyara home. These lions are extremely rare, occurring only in a few parks throughout the world, three of which are in Tanzania (the other is Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda). The majority of lion populations are found on the ground, loitering among the grasses, atop rocks, and behind trees for shade.

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