Think of Lake Manyara as a mini Serengeti. The place is very small in size, and a majority of the area is covered by the lake itself, but it still hosts as many as 11 ecosystems, vast and varied wildlife.
The groundwater forest surroundings at Lake Manyara offer a much-needed break from African savannahs.
Tree-climbing lions are the superstars here, but predator sightings are difficult. A close encounter with hundreds of elephants is the next best thing.
-Day Game Viewing
This activity is conducted during the day and night. For day game drive the activity is conducted from 06:30 – 18:30 hrs
-Night Game drive
Night game drive is carried out from 19:00 – 23:00 hrs, no additional fee for day game drive but for night game drive (NGD) there is an additional fee. Four-wheel (4×4) drive vehicles are recommended.
Areas for conducting night game drive
- Northern zone – Groundwater forest, Hippo pool, Flood plain, Msasa and Endalla areas.
- Central zone – Endabasha forest, Central Lakeshore, Majimoto ndogo and Bagayo areas
- Southern zone – Sothern lakeshore, Iyambi, Array river confluence and Majimoto kubwa areas.
Common nocturnal animal sightings; – Crested Porcupine, Greater and Senegal Galago, Civet, Common Genet, White tailed Mongoose, Lion, Hippos (grazing) and species of birds like Owls, Nightjars and Dikkops.
Include short walking safari from 1- 4 hours and long walking safari (above 4 hours). There are three trails namely
- Msasa walking trail: Start from Msasa picnic site crossing through the river gorge (2-3hrs) up to the top of the of the rift valley wall.
- Lake shore walking trail: Long walk that takes 4 to 6 hrs
◦Time to conduct the activity: From 19h00 to 23h00 hours.
◦Booking is necessary which help the management to prepare armed ranger.
This is carried out at Lake Manyara. The activity is only carried out during the day, between 0700hrs and 1700hrs.
The park offers a high diversity of bird species over 390 birds species both migrants and residents include a thousand of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration as well as other large water birds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks.
What are the bird watching hotspots?
– Hippo pool view points, Boardwalk way at Majimoto and Ground water forest (the later for breeding species).
– Best time for bird watching- November to July is ideal time for bird watching.
– No additional fee for this activity.
Where to stay
- Special campsites
There are 3 campsites namely: Bagayo A and B and Lakeshore. All are located in the middle of the Park.