Lake Manyara National Park

This national park offers something very unique, although little in size; If you’re there at the right time (just after the rain seasons) the lake is packed with beautiful flamingos. If you are lucky you get to see the tree-climbing lions this park is very famous for, this habit is extremely rarely seen in the southern Serengeti as well. You can also spot different kinds of primates and the park offers great bird-viewing. Giraffes and dik-dik (a small antelope) are also common to see. It’s size is only 330 sq. km., of which nearly 200 sq. km. is the lake when the water levels are high.

Driving into the park you have to keep your eyes peeled, dense bush and tall trees creates a very good and safe hiding place for animals further down the food chain. This means that you may stop abruptly if your driver spots something in between the vegetation. If you are going, or have been on safari in Serengeti or Ngorongoro Crater, this will surely be a pleasant change of pace, having to actively look for animals together with your guide. This is not a park you stay several days in, we normally recommend a half day, as we think the remaining time is better spent getting to the Ngorongoro Crater (or on the way home from it, depending on route). However, if you would like an entire day and get to drive through the whole park, we will happily arrange it for you! For shorter safaris with as little driving as possible, a full day in Lake Manyara N.P. combined with a couple days in Tarangire N.P. will give you a great safari experience, with satisfying variation both in topography and animals diversity.

We feel the need to emphasize that Lake Manyara can offer both OK and incredible safaris, this is because of large variations in both animal type and density depending on season. As no seasons are the same we hope you take this into consideration and account, especially if you would like an entire day there.

Why choose us

There are so many companies from which to choose when planning your African adventure that the list can be dizzying. How do you choose the right one? Price is definitely a major factor for most people. At Nakwenda Safaris, we aim to offer competitive prices without jeopardizing our ethical standards, the level of quality we assure, and the safety and satisfaction of our clients. This has resulted in high rankings on,, and In addition, we are accredited by the Tanzania Tourist Board. But when all is said and done, it is the Nakwenda Safaris commitment that really differentiates us from other tour companies
  • A response to your quote request within 24 hours of receipt, and timely communication thereafter;
  • A friendly, patient approach, with a personal touch and professional suggestions;
  • Expertise and knowledge to clearly understand your needs;
  • Sensitivity regarding any special needs you may have;
  • Relentless efforts to make sure your program includes everything you require;
  • Superbly designed itineraries;
  • Caring drivers who put a premium on safety, and, importantly, know their stuff;
  • A new, well-maintained, and comfortable 4×4 safari vehicle fleet, with good openings for wildlife spotting and photography;
  • High-quality equipment, especially for mountain expeditions;
  • Accommodation with the highest standards;
  • Ongoing collaboration with our suppliers to ensure that best practices are being followed in healthcare and safety;
  • A seamless holiday where everything goes like clockwork and as promised;