Lake Manyara

National Park

Here, lush acacia woodlands give way to a shallow alkaline lake, a haven for a dazzling array of birdlife including pink flamingos.
About Lake Manyara National Park

Framed by the dramatic escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park is a captivating blend of diverse habitats, making it a wildlife wonderland. Lush acacia woodlands teeming with monkeys and baboons give way to a shallow alkaline lake, a dazzling spectacle painted pink by a vast population of flamingos.

This haven for birdlife also attracts pelicans, eagles, and countless other species. Look beyond the lake and you might spot giraffes and zebras grazing on the grassy plains, while secretive buffalos lurk in the thicker undergrowth.

But the true stars of Lake Manyara National Park are its legendary tree-climbing lions. Unlike their ground-dwelling counterparts, these acrobatic felines have developed a unique habit of lounging languidly in the acacia branches, offering visitors an unforgettable photo opportunity.

Whether you’re hoping to witness this unusual behavior or simply marvel at the diverse tapestry of life within the park, Lake Manyara promises a captivating safari experience.


Lake Manyara National Park offers enjoyable safaris year-round, with each season boasting its own unique charm. The classic safari period (Dry Season. June-October) offers prime wildlife viewing. The receding water levels concentrate animals around the permanent lake, making spotting easier. During the wet season (November – May) the park transforms into a lush paradise. Waterfalls cascade down the escarpment, and birdlife flourishes, attracting migratory species.
Here are some of the best things to do in Mikumi National Park:

Wildlife Safaris. Enjoy game drives to spot diverse wildlife such as elephants, giraffes, zebras, hippos, and a variety of bird species including flamingos.

Tree Climbing Lions. Lake Manyara is famous for its tree-climbing lions. Keep an eye out for these unique big cats lounging on branches.

Visit the Mkata River hippo pools. The Mkata River is a lifeline for Mikumi’s wildlife, and the hippo pools along its banks are a great place to see these massive creatures wallowing in the water.

Canoeing or Boat Tours. Experience a guided canoeing excursion or boat tour on Lake Manyara, offering a different perspective and chances to see wildlife from the water.

Birdwatching. Explore the park’s rich birdlife, particularly around the lake and its surroundings. Look out for waterfowl, raptors, and unique species like the pink-hued flamingos.

Scenic Picnic Areas. Enjoy picturesque picnic sites within the park, offering beautiful views of the lake and surrounding landscapes.

Fun facts about Mikumi National Park

Lake Manyara is renowned for its population of tree-climbing lions. These unique lions are often spotted lounging in the branches of acacia trees.
The park features Maji Moto, a natural hot spring area where visitors can relax and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the hot mineral water.
Lake Manyara offers a unique canopy walkway experience, allowing visitors to stroll above the treetops for panoramic views of the park and its inhabitants.
Some lodges in the area offer night game drives within the park, providing opportunities to spot nocturnal wildlife such as leopards and hyenas.