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Lake Manyara National Park safaris, tours & holiday packages

A perfect start to your Tanzanian safari

Savannah-woodland, rainforest and lake combine to put on a show of elephants, tree-climbing lions, primates and birds

Lake Manyara makes a perfect start to a safari, just a 1.5-hour drive west of Arusha in northern Tanzania, on the way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. It gives you a chance to see plains game, primates and up to 400 bird species in a 50-kilometre strip of rainforest and savannah-woodland between the Great Rift Valley’s Gregory Rift and the soda lake of Lake Manyara.

The park is well protected between these two natural boundaries. Lake Manyara was originally proclaimed to protect elephants, and the small Manyara elephants with their short tusks still roam the rain and fever tree forests in abundance.

Popular Lake Manyara National Park safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Tanzania safari adventure

With all of this diversity on offer, the most difficult part of your Tanzanian holiday experience is likely to be deciding where to go!

$ 2,350

£ 1,817

R 33,086


per person

7 days

HerdTracker August to October 2019 Wildebeest Migration safari (Value-for-money)

This is the stage on which the greatest wildlife show on earth and plays out, as it is by far the greatest mass movement of land mammals on the entire globe.

$ 7,450

£ 5,761

R 104,889


per person

8 days

Tanzania Classic SkySafari

The ultimate African adventure

$ 6,660

£ 5,150

R 93,767


per person

8 days

Wildlife and culture – the perfect balance

Balance Tanzania's wildlife highlights, such as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, with the rich cultural heritage of local tribes like the Masai

$ 4,756

£ 3,678

R 66,960


per person

11 days

8-day June/July 2019 Great Migration safari in Tanzania (Value-for-money)

If the great migration is on your travel bucket list, then this memorable safari in Tanzania is ideal for you.

$ 6,300

£ 4,872

R 88,698


per person

8 days

Tanzania June/July 2019 Great Migration safari (Best for budget)

Explore the wonder of the great wildebeest migration from the best Tanzania has to offer

$ 5,770

£ 4,462

R 81,237


per person

9 days

Tanzania - medium budget, maximum game viewing

Visit Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorogoro Crater and Serengeti for a four-in-one safari you'll remember forever

$ 6,980

£ 5,398

R 98,272


per person

11 days

Late January to end March 2019 Calving Season (Value-for-money)

Travelling to Tanzania during the calving season is a sight to behold and something unique to the region

$ 6,300

£ 4,872

R 88,698


per person

8 days

Wet season Tanzania - best value migration safari

From Lake Manyara to the Ngorogoro Crater and the Serengeti, this Tanzania safari offers real value and shows off the burgeoning green world of Tanzania's rainy season migration 

$ 7,120

£ 5,506

R 100,243


per person

8 days

Tanzania honeymoon safari

Enjoy the wildlife of Tanzania as well as the paradise of Zanzibar

Price on Request

per person

13 days
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Megan Warrington says

Lake Manyara is a wonderful first park to visit in Tanzania. It shows you a great variety of species, plains game, primates, elephant and even cats if you're lucky. It's very scenic during the rainy seasons and a wonderful park to kick off your safari. Even when Tarangire is too wet, Manyara is always there to rely on.

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The groundwater forest as you enter the park from the north is perfect if you're interested in forest birds and primates, with vervet and Sykes' monkeys and olive baboons in the area. You'll hear and see silvery-cheeked hornbills and crowned hornbills up in the branches. Around the hot springs, you might see tree-climbing lions and even leopard if you're lucky.

Other wildlife attractions are plains game in the form of gazelle, wildebeest, giraffe and buffalo, while hippo and water birds are aplenty at the hippo pool lookout. Highlights include pelicans and storks as well as thousands of pink-hued flamingos when the lake's water level and algae concentrations are right. Spend a night inside the park for the full Lake Manyara experience of early morning and late afternoon; going on a night drive or early morning walk are some of the Manyara's most enjoyable activities.  

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Frequently Asked Questions about Lake Manyara National Park

When is the best time to visit Grumeti Game Reserve?

A Grumeti safari is rewarding throughout the year. However, the best time to visit Grumeti Game Reserve is during the migration months of June and July - when massive herds of wildebeest arrive to cross the crocodile-infested Grumeti River… go there.

When is the best time to visit Arusha National Park?

The best time to visit Arusha National Park is from June to October, during the dry season. It is easier to spot the wildlife - since they normally gather around the waterholes, rainfall is minimal, vegetation is not too thick and mosquitos… go there.

When is the best time to visit Mkomazi National Park?

June to October is the best time to visit Mkomazi National Park. During the dry season - when the wildlife viewing is at its prime. go there.

When is the best time to track chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park?

July to October, during the dry months - is the best time to track the chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park. Chimpanzees can be found easily on the low mountains slopes. go there.

When is the best time to visit Mikumi National Park?

June to October is the best time to visit Mikumi National Park. During the dry season, the wildlife concentrate around waterholes and rivers - making it easier to spot them. go there.

How fit do I need to be to climb the Mount Kilimanjaro?

There is no need to go overboard with fitness preparation for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. However, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a physical undertaking, so you should prepare yourself accordingly with a Kilimanjaro training program. Being in… go there.

Is Tanzania a good birding destination?

Tanzania is a good birding destination - estimated with 800 species are resident and nearly 200 are regular migrant. However, Migrants are present from November to April. go there.

When is the best time to visit Lake Manyara National Park?

June to September, during the dry season. The wildlife is easier to spot - since they congregate around the water sources. However, migratory birds can be found. go there.

When is the best time to visit Saadani National Park?

January and February and from June to August after the rains. The wildlife stay within the park since there is still plenty of water - making it easier to spot the animals as well as the migratory birds are present. go there.

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Reviews on our Lake Manyara National Park safaris

Discover Africa and Carel has put in such an effort for us to experience the annual wildebeest migration, meticulous planning and accurate predictions with logical and the best accommodation options both sides of the Mara River guaranteed us…

Jates and Hil Oettle

from South Africa

After initially contacting Discover Africa, Karl Svendsen contacted me and we started the process of getting a quote and defining an itinerary for a safari to Tanzania. Karl was extremely professional and timely in his responses and in short…

Fantastic safari and excellent logistics!

from United States

I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…

Margaret Dean

We had the most wonderful time in Tanzania. We left yesterday and miss it already. We saw the big 5 and felt super lucky to see the lions and leopard with their kill. Our guide was also wonderful. Thank YOU for planning our trip of a…

Debbie Wei

All details were covered, all staff and food excellent, service was perfect - would highly recommend for sure.


from United States of America

We had a wonderful experience with the Discover Africa team on our trip to Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar. Due to unforeseen circumstances we needed to head down early and their team were most helpful in arranging exciting new options for us while…

Mark Tomlinson

from South Africa

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