Lion Steps Safaris

Lake Manyara National Park

“A Home of Tree Climbing Lions”

Welcome to Lake Manyara National Park

The lush green vegetation consisting of tall trees of the ground water forest, the tree climbing lions, the soda lake inhabited with thousands of pink-hued flamingos, large water birds and the troops of baboons and blue monkeys and the rift valley escarpment make your safari to this area unforgettable.

The park derives its name from a plant called Euphorbia tirucalli, known as Emanyara in Maasai language and covers an area of 648.7 km2.

Climate

The Park experiences bi-modal rainfall season with short rains starting from November to December and long rains from February to May and dry season is from late June to October.

It is located at an altitude between 850 and 2000 meters with annual average rainfall ranging from 650 to 760mm.

Getting there

The Park can be accessed by road or air.

Road. The park is 115 km from Arusha city to main gate via Makuyuni-Ngorongoro road.

Air. Can be accessed through scheduled flights to Manyara Airstrips.

Attractions

The Park has remarkable attractions most notably the tree climbing lions, Marang’ forest, hot spring, ground water forest, diversity of bird species and the rift valley. Plan your trip by visiting Lake Manyara National Park were you will get exceptional experience that quenches your travel thirst.

Wild Animals

Animals found here includes elephant, buffalo, hippo, lion, leopard, occasional cheetah and giraffe. Lions here have opted to rest up during the heat of midday in trees, giving Manyara lions somehow different behavior.

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Lions (Panthera leo) on the tree trunk

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High population of Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)

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Common Zebra (Equus burchelli)

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Elephant (Loxodanta africana)

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Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)

Olive Baboon (Papio anubis)

Olive Baboon (Papio anubis)

Girrafe (Girrafa camelopardalis)

Girrafe (Girrafa camelopardalis)

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Wild Animals

Birds

The park offers a high diversity of bird species over 390 birds species both migrants and residents including 50 birds of prey, raucous forest hornbills, pink-hued flamingos and flotillas of pelicans.

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Ground Hornbill

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Lesser Flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor)

Hadada Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash)

Hadada Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash)

Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum)

Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum)

Woodland kingfisher in Lake Manyara national park, Tanzania

Grey Headed Kingfisher (Halcyon leucocephala)

Yellow billed Stork (Mycteria ibis)

Yellow billed Stork (Mycteria ibis)

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Birds

Hotsprings

Its water is heated by volcanic activity to a temperature of 76.5 0C. The water is important source of food for lesser flamingos and the mineral content of the water is associated with curative values.

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Hotsprings

The varied habitats

The varied diversity of habitats including the rift valley escarpment, open grassland, woodland and the lake makes the area an ideal place to visit.

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The varied habitats

Activities

Lake Manyara National Park offers a range of exciting activities including day game drives, walking safaris, night game drive, canoeing, canopy tour, bird watching and hot bush meals that gives someone a reason to smile!

Game Drive

Game drive along the lower slopes of the great rift valley inhabited with variety of wildlife species like Elephants, Buffalo, Antelopes, Lions, Leopards and Giraffe gives unforgattable sightings all the day.

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Game drive

Game Drive

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Night Game drive

The night game drive safari through a diverse ecosystems gives the chance to see nocturnal animals and birds makes you feel like you’ve entered a whole new world!

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Night game drive at Lake Manyara Park

Night Game drive

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Walking safari

The present natural walking trails takes you up and down the hills. The trails pass in areas with higher concentration of wildlife and varied habitats providing a chance of exploring the wilderness and getting close to nature

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Walking safari

Walking safari

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Canoeing

This activity will expose visitors to view the steep escarpment patched with ever green forests as well as getting close to dozens of aquatic and birds species.

Canoeing

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Bird Watching

Lake Manyara National Park is a birding spot . Visitors can see up to 100 different species of bird in a day.

Bird watching at majimoto boardwalk way

Bird watching at majimoto boardwalk way

Bird Watching

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Canopy Tree Walk

Manyara has one of the longest tree canopy walkways in Africa with intermittent viewing decks positioned around the trees on the walk. This canopy offers a unique view of birds, butterflies and Monkeys.

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Visitors enjoying the Canopy tree walk

Canopy Tree Walk

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Filming and Photographing

Lake Manyara National Park is an ideal place for filming and photographing. Visitors are welcomed to perform this activity that will create a life time memory.

Filming and Photographing

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You can experience the beauty of Tanzania all year round by taking an unforgettable trip. Options for activities include going on a safari, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, and ending your journey on the paradise island of Zanzibar. Everything is possible on this trip.

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