Lake Manyara National Park covers an area of 648.7 square kilometers and derives its name from a plant called Euphorbia tirucalli, known as Emanyara in Maasai language. Lake Manyara, having soda ash water is the perfect habitat for thousands of flamingos, pelicans, cormorant and many other water birds making it a perfect birding destination. The Park receives migratory birds from Europe and North Africa. The Yellow Baboons and Blue Monkeys are also seen in common in and outside the park. The amazing Great Rift Valley escarpment make your safari to this park unforgettable.
The Park has remarkable attractions most notably the tree climbing lions, Marang’ forest, hot spring, ground water forest, diversity of bird species and the Great Rift valley.
Canoeing can be done in the lake which will give you an opportunity to paddle is close to animals like Hippos, Waterbuck and warthogs up-close drinking water along the shores, water birds like pink flamingos. Lake Manyara National Park is close to Mto wa Mbu, home to many tribes, where one can get a chance to experience various culture and participate in different visiting local community development projects and farm tours.
The park can be accessed by road, 115 kilometers from Arusha city to the main gate via Makuyuni- Ngorongoro road or by air to Lake Manayara airstrip. Best time to visit is from June t October when it is dry.