Lake Manyara National Park

Lion in tree looks for prey in Lake Manyara national park

A lion in Lake Manyara national park climbs a tree to look for prey.

Lake Manyara.

Lake Manyara National Park lies between the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment on one side and the white hot shores of an ancient soda lake on the other. The park is considered an incredibly beautiful wildlife area with abundant wildlife.

Lake Manyara has lush forests, woodlands and grassland habitats which are home to herds of elephant, buffalo, Maasai giraffe and impala. Lions hunt on the shores of the soda lake. They return to the acacia woodland in the heat of the day to rest in the trees.

Seasonal rain and highland streams pour over the Rift Valley to result in amazing bio-diversity within seven distinct wildlife habitats. Hot and cold springs feed into the soda lake. The shallow, warm alkaline water expands or shrinks depending on the rain. During dry periods, water evaporation creates a perfect environment for algae and crustaceans which attract two different species of flamingo.

The 200 sq km soda lake attracts over 400 species of birds, particularly waterfowl and migrants. Further into Lake Manyara National Park, hippo can be seen near to the bubbling hot springs.

The park was once favored by big game hunters – Ernest Hemingway featured it in his book ‘The Green Hills of Africa’. Today the wildlife within its borders are protected.


Night game drives and bush walks on the conserves bordering the park.

Lake Manyara National Park is only 10 kilometers at its widest point. The variety of habitats and abundant wildlife species provides a compact Tanzania safari experience.