Lake Manyara National Park comprises 325km2 of wildlife dense arid land, forest and the soda-lake Lake Manyara; part of the Great Rift Valley lakes.
Subjected to high levels of evaporation, Lake Manyara is nearly nonexistent during the dry season between June and October however covers up to 200km2 between the months of November to May during which it hosts thousands of flamingos, a large population of hippo and upwards of 400 bird species.
A narrow strip of land bordered by a 600m high escarpment, Lake Manyara National Park is a haven for wildlife and provides the ideal introduction to safari before visiting the larger, wildlife dense Northern parks.
Many safari itineraries include Lake Manyara as a day trip. We recommend including at least one night in the Lake Manyara National Park or adjoining conservancies; to experience the stunning views, sundowners and flamingos.