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Manyara National Park is a sanctuary for hippo, giraffe, impala and zebra, and its lake a magnet for birdlife, including sizeable flocks of pink flamingos.

Mahogany and sausage trees are alive with blue and vervet monkeys; elephants feed on fallen fruit, and bushbuck, baboons and leopard make their homes in the forest. Manyara's most famous residents are its tree-climbing lions, although these are more difficult to see nowadays.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: African elephant, hippo, leopard, lion, augur buzzard
  • Where: Manyara District, Tanzania

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Spirit of the North

Experience the major wildlife highlights and contrasting locations of northern Tanzania on this excellent value, classic safari. Combining the wide open plains of the Serengeti, the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire’s outstanding birdlife, this is a perfect introduction to Tanzania.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Tanzania’s Northern Highlights

On this 12-day classic safari led by accomplished naturalist guide Peter Lindstrom, visit Lake Manyara National Park, the fabled Ngorongoro Crater, and the spectacular short-grass plains of Serengeti National Park, which are inhabited by immense herds of wildebeest that travel there to calve.

  • When to go: Feb
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £7,795 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Kirurumu Manyara Lodge

On the edge of the Rift Valley, this property is conveniently situated for exploring Lake Manyara, Tarangire and the Ngorongoro Crater. There are 27 tented rooms, plus two honeymoon suites and two family cottages; activities include walks with Masai guides, fly camping in the forest and mountain biking.