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Lake Manyara Day Trip Safari

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1 day

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Lake Manyara National Park is one of the finest gems in Tanzania which stretches more than 30 miles or 50 km along the base of the Rift Valley escarpment. You’ll get to explore the natural beauty and spot birds easily. It also accomodates a diverse wildlife. Your experienced tour guide will take you through them all. The park lies 1.5 hours west of Arusha which is about 126 km in distance and is close to a diverse market town of Mto wa Mbu. Lake Manyara National Park is unspoiled paradise with ground water forest, laced with underground springs and teeming with wildlife such as elephants, hippos, giraffes, buffaloes, the largest baboon troops in Africa and some of the antelopes. Lake Manyara is a salt lake with thousands of flamingos. It is full of outstanding birding places with more than 400 species on display and butterflies. You can also see pelicans, storks, kingfishers and many other birds. It is also a famous jungle, where early Tanzanian movies were filmed.


  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • All mentioned activities
  • All national park fees
  • Flights
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

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Accepts Credit Cards

Tour Plan

Your day trip to Lake Manyara National Park begins with an early morning pickup from your accommodation, ensuring you maximize your time exploring this diverse and vibrant park. As you journey through the lush highlands, the anticipation builds for the day's adventures.

Upon arrival at Lake Manyara, you are immediately immersed in its enchanting landscape. The park, nestled at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, is a jewel of lush forests, acacia woodlands, and expansive alkaline lakes. Begin your game drive with the first light, when the animals are most active and the scenery is bathed in the golden hues of dawn.

The dense groundwater forest, one of the park's most striking features, is home to a variety of wildlife. You will likely encounter troops of playful baboons, agile vervet monkeys, and the elusive bushbuck hidden among the ancient fig and mahogany trees. As the forest gives way to open grasslands and woodlands, keep an eye out for Lake Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions, often seen lounging on branches.

The shimmering waters of Lake Manyara, dotted with pink flamingos and other waterfowl, create a picturesque backdrop. The lake attracts a multitude of birds, making it a paradise for bird enthusiasts. Look for pelicans, storks, and herons, among the 400 bird species recorded here. The shores of the lake are also frequented by large herds of elephants, which can often be seen cooling off in the water or feeding on the lush vegetation.

As you traverse the park, you'll encounter a variety of other wildlife, including zebras, giraffes, buffaloes, and hippos. The diverse habitats of Lake Manyara support a wide array of animals, providing endless opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography.

Around midday, you will enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the park's designated areas, offering a chance to relax and take in the stunning views. After lunch, continue your game drive, exploring more of the park's unique ecosystems and uncovering its hidden treasures.

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