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Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park

Pink birds and baboons

This small and interesting national park has varied nature. From verdant large forests to mountains and plains. A large part of the safari goes along the lake – and if you’re lucky, you’ll see the elephants cooling off in the afternoon heat. Guaranteed, you will fall in love with the baboons and their human behavior.

Lake Manyara has grown large with the rains of recent years, so it is the weather that determines whether it is possible to walk along the lake’s shore. In any case, you can paddle a canoe – a safe way to get close to the animals from the other side. The lake does not contain crocodiles but hippos. However, the latter ones are difficult to see – they simply have too much water and beach to hide in.

On our last visit we saw three lionesses looking for food. Hundreds of baboons, beautiful birds and quite a few elephants. Two frolicked in the lake and two splashed dusty mud over themselves to protect themselves from the heat.

Lake Manyara

With its 230 km2, Lake Manyara is Tanzania’s seventh largest lake. This alkaline lake attracts a large number of pink flamingos that form a pink haze over the lake. Flamingos are born with gray feathers, which gradually turn pink by eating a natural pink, canthaxanthin, which is found in algae and shrimp. In addition, there are a number of other animals within the shallow lake, such as hippos.


Due to its high groundwater levels, the feeling in Manyara is different than in the more savannah-dominated parks. As the water supply is good, there are evergreen forests here. Near the lake there are large grassy river plains and mixed acacia forest. The temperature is rarely over 29 degrees and at night it can get a little chilly.

The animals

The park is famous for its elephants as Manyara borders Tarangire National Park. It is also known for its tree-climbing lions – although they can be difficult to see. Hippos and thousands of flamingos give the lake a hazy pink color. You can also see eagles, giraffes and the largest concentration of baboons in the world. If you are fond of birds, you have your chance – 400 different species live here.

The size of Lake Manyara varies greatly depending on the rain. Sometimes it is better to take the canoes than to walk – it is also a cool experience.

Best time

All year round

Height ö.h

960 m


325 km²

Rainy season



Walk along the shoreline

Canoe on Lake Manyara

Visit the hot springs- Maji Moto

Enjoy nature at Green camp Lake Manyara and
hike to the waterfall

Car safari and look for tree-climbing lions

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