A day trip to Lake Manyara National Park is a great chance to experience the authentic feel of Africa. Lake Manyara is an unspoiled paradise of the flamingo-filled groundwater lake in northern Tanzania.

Lake Manyara, located at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment, is one of Tanzania’s most striking African wildlife habitats, consisting of a vast but shallow soda lake (encompassing two-thirds of the park).

1-day safari to Lake Manyara will be a day full of adventures and a way to enjoy the stunning landscape of Tanzania’s wilderness after a challenging climb to Mount Kilimanjaro.

Lake Manyara is famous for its beautiful terrain and abundant birdlife, and it is sometimes referred to as a birdwatcher’s paradise. It is, nevertheless, home to larger animals like as lions, elephants, hippos, and giraffes. Because of its proximity to Arusha, the national park is ideal for a day excursion with opportunities to see African animals up close!

  • This 1-day Lake Manyara tour starts and ends in Arusha
  • Book your own international flights
  • Fly to/from Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) near Arusha/Moshi. Or fly to/from Arusha Airport (ARK) via Dar es Salaam or Nairobi (Kenya)
  • Transport from and back to the airport is included
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged at an extra cost on request

What to see on your Lake Manyara Safari

Tourists may witness a variety of animal and bird species when on safari at Lake Manyara. Elephant herds, as well as a large number of baboons, are prevalent and easy to spot as they wander about the national park. Monkeys and a variety of bird species may be spotted in the national park’s woodlands, which also make up the terrain.

The park is also known for its tree climbing lions, who may be seen hanging from tree branches and are reported to do so to escape insects like tsetse flies.

The tree climbing lions are a unique attraction that can only be seen in a few other places, such as Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda’s south west.

Giraffes, zebras, impalas, cheetahs, klipspringers, gazelles, warthogs, baboons, dik dik, hippos, and antelopes are among the animal species that may be spotted during a visit to Lake Manyara.

Birds such as babblers, flamingos, secretary birds, pelicans, eagles, ostriches, hawks, and hornbills are among the attractions that may be observed in Lake Manyara national park.

Lake Manyara

Lake Manyara, a soda lake that occupies almost two-thirds of the national park, is another sight that may be visited after paying the requisite admission fees.

Along its coastlines, several bird species may be spotted, as well as hippos in its shallow waters. This lake is also a great place to take pictures.

Lake Manyara Itinerary

Below is the Lake Manyara National Park day trip safari itinerary in Tanzania.

Location: Lake Manyara National Park
Duration: Non-game-viewing travel time: 4.5 hour
Distance: 260 km
Meals: Lunch Box

Your one-day safari trip to Lake Manyara National Park will begin early in the morning. The park is likely best renowned for its flamingos and pelicans, but it also houses hundreds of other bird species, making it a haven for ornithologists. Larger fauna can also be observed, in addition to a wide diversity of birds. You could spot elephants in the woodland areas with a little luck, and tree-climbing lions with much more luck. For a long time, it was believed that Lake Manyara was the only area where lions could be observed climbing trees in an unusual manner.

What you will see at Lake Manyara National Park

Baboons and velvet monkeys may also be seen in the wooded sections, while giraffes munch at the new leaves and antelopes graze for succulent shoots in the more open areas. After a picnic lunch, you will have extra time for game drives and animal viewing before returning to Arusha city, where you will be dropped off at your hotel around supper time.

Meals & Drinks:

  • Lunch (Breakfast & dinner not included)
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

The cost for the whole 9 days safari includes and excludes the following items

9 Day Safari Price includes

Park fees

Game drives and acitivities

All accommodation

A professional driver/ safari guide

All transportation

All Taxes/VAT

Roundtrip airport transfer


Water / Coffee / Tea or Soft Drinks

Price Excludes

International flights

Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour

Tanzania Visa


Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)

Meals not listed above

Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

Entrance fees are the costs that visitors to Lake Manyara national park must pay in order to enter the park. Lake Manyara national park is a wildlife watching location in Tanzania’s northwestern region, adjacent to Arusha and Tarangire national parks, as well as the Ngorongoro conservation area.

Entry fees at Lake Manyara may also be described as payments made by tourists or visitors at the national park’s entrance or conservation area for tourism activities undertaken within the park.

The national park is a popular wildlife watching site with gorgeous terrain, a soda ash lake, and a home for tree-climbing lions and elephant herds, all of which may be seen during wildlife viewing activities in the park.

Entrance fees are required for travelers to participate in numerous activities and visit various sights in Lake Manyara national park. Foreign residents, non-foreign residents, and East Africans pay different admission fees depending on their nationality. This charge also differs between adults and children, with adults paying USD 53 and children paying USD 17.70.

Entrance fees at Lake Manyara national park are valid for 24 hours and for a single entrance to enjoy seeing the numerous sights and participating in activities like as game drives at various times of day, guided nature hikes, and community visits in Mto wa Mbu town.

Once paid, the admission fees to Lake Manyara National Park are likewise nonrefundable. In order to access the national park, proof of identity is also necessary at the entrance gate.

Apart from admission fees, guests who stay at Lake Manyara hotels, which are divided into luxury, mid-range, and economy accommodations, pay concession fees to the national park.

The admission costs for Lake Manyara national park can be paid in a variety of ways, including MasterCard or credit card payments, as well as the usage of prepaid TANAPA cards.

Entrance costs are also different depending on the destination, according to the Tanzania National Park Authority (TANAPA).

Tourists may organize their safaris to Lake Manyara in a variety of ways, one of which is to engage with a tour operator such as Tranquil Kilimanjaro to manage all of the arrangements, which includes paying for admission fees at the destinations the tourist wishes to visit.

The admission fees paid by tourists and other visitors who wish to explore the wildness of Lake Manyara national park are used to develop tourist infrastructure like as roads, as well as assist the local population.

The direct and indirect effects of paying admission fees to Lake Manyara national park may be observed in the incredible wildlife watching experiences that travelers from all over the globe have when on safari in this region, thanks to upgraded tourist amenities.

Upon entering Lake Manyara, there are a variety of sights to visit, including the following:

Park Regulations

After successfully paying the admission fees for Lake Manyara, visitors visiting this attraction must adhere to a number of restrictions and regulations, which include the following:

One of the guidelines to follow while visiting Lake Manyara national park is to avoid littering because this does not help to protect the ecosystem.
Another guideline issued by park officials for visitors and tourists in Lake Manyara national park is to keep noise to a minimum.

This is due to the fact that noise disrupts the usual activity of wildlife species such as zebras, antelopes, gazelles, elephants, buffalos, hippos, and warthogs, as well as scaring them away and making wildlife watching harder.
Eating the wildlife is another thing that visitors and tourists to Lake Manyara are encouraged to avoid since it disrupts the wildlife’s usual feeding routines.
During safaris in Lake Manyara National Park, tourists are likewise discouraged from driving off the trails designated as animal viewing routes.
Failure to adhere to the many laws and regulations in existence at Lake Manyara results in the imposition of penalties and fines on the violators.

Day tour Lake Manyara flamingos
Day tour Lake Manyara flamingos