Gosheni Destination

Lake Manyara National Park

Embark on a journey to witness the iconic tree-climbing lions of Lake Manyara National Park with our specialized tours.

About Lake Manyara

Lake Manyara National Park, named from the Maasai word “enyara” for the milk-colored water clouded with alkali, is a testament to natural beauty and organic richness. Proclaimed in 1960, the park spans approximately 330 sq. km in northern Tanzania, nestled within the Great Rift Valley.

Its diverse landscape encompasses the alkaline lake, open grasslands, acacia woodlands, and a dense groundwater forest, offering a stunning setting for exploration. The shores, bordered by verdant forests against the backdrop of milky waters and a towering escarpment, provide a haven for wildlife, including the park’s iconic pink flamingos parading in the shallows, attracted by the abundant water sources fed by rivers and streams.

This diversity underscores Lake Manyara’s significance as a rich biodiversity hotspot.

While the park lacks a density of wildlife, it does boast great diversity. Elephants are well-catered for and occur in large herds. Other popular species such as giraffes, zebras, and wildebeest are seldom far from sight. Of the Big 5, only rhinos are absent and the local lions have a peculiar habit of climbing trees. A healthy population of spotted hyenas means that sightings of leopards, cheetahs, and wild dogs are quite rare.

Birdwatchers are spoiled, with over 400 species, while the vegetation is equally fascinating, with ancient fig trees and giant baobabs among the highlights.

Lake Manyara National Park is roughly 126 km (78 mi) from the safari gateway of Arusha, or a 2.5-hour drive. Visitors can also fly directly to the park, which has an airstrip.

Highlights

Majo Moto kubwa hot springs

Hot water percolates to the surface, creating a fertile swampy habitat that is ideal for nesting birds.

Walking safaris

gain a fresh perspective and appreciation of nature by exploring on foot in the company of an armed guide.

Varied activities

canoe trips, night drives, and a treetop walkway add variety to your safari activities.

Birdwatching

With an average of over one new specie per square kilometer, bird lovers will have plenty to add to their checklists.

Scenery

The picturesque lake, birdlife, and surrounding landscapes all ooze the best of African scenery.

Tree-climbing lions

This is one of the few places where lions climb trees, presumably to enjoy the breeze and avoid insects.

Elephants

Given their love of water, you are bound to see groups of elephants cavorting in the lake shallows .

Year-round safari

The temperate climate and minimal impact of rain mean that visitors can enjoy the wildlife throughout the year.

Lake Manyara Tours

Experience thrilling safaris, captivating cultural encounters, and breathtaking landscapes on our meticulously crafted tours.

Activities

Game Drives

Setting out in the cooler hours of the day when the wildlife is most active, you will travel in a customized safari vehicle with an experienced guide in search of Africa’s big game. Full-day options are also available.

Walking safaris

Walking safaris are permitted within the national park, in the company of an armed guide

Canoeing

Drift in near silence alongside the wildlife dotting the shoreline. Your guide will point out various water birds along the way.

Night game drives

Join an exciting game drive after sunset to seek out nocturnal species such as civets, porcupines, and possibly predators

Maasai Cultural Experiences

Visit a traditional Maasai manyatta to learn more about this fascinating and ancient culture.

Bird-watching

There are over 400 recorded species, many of which are water birds. Migrant species are present from November to April.

Wildlife

Lake Manyara National Park is celebrated for its birdlife diversity, yet it also provides a distinct game-viewing experience, differing from larger Tanzanian parks due to its size and the lake’s expanse. Notably, rhinos are absent, and leopards are rare, but visitors can frequently see elephants and buffalo near water sources. The park’s lions, though not numerous, offer the unique sight of tree-resting behavior.

The park boasts a variety of antelope species and other game, including impalas, bushbucks, greater kudus, zebras, and wildebeests. Spotted hyenas dominate among predators, reducing the presence of leopards, cheetahs, and African wild dogs. Night drives may reveal smaller carnivores like servals, jackals, and wild cats, crucial for ecological balance.

Primate diversity enriches the park, with olive baboons, vervet, and blue monkeys easily spotted. For bird enthusiasts, Lake Manyara is a paradise, home to flamingos, pelicans, herons, storks, and raptors, including eagles and vultures, drawn by the lake’s alkaline waters and supporting the park’s rich biodiversity.

Landscape

The landscape of Lake Manyara National Park is a mesmerizing blend of stunning natural elements. Lush green forests fringe the shores of the sparkling alkaline lake, while the backdrop of the Great Rift Valley escarpment adds a dramatic touch. Open grasslands and acacia woodlands stretch across the park, creating a picturesque setting for wildlife encounters. Ancient mahogany trees, fig-trees, and towering baobabs punctuate the landscape, offering shade and a sense of grandeur. The park’s diverse terrain, from the serene lake to dense forests and expansive plains, provides a captivating canvas for visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature.

Weather and Climate

Visitors to Lake Manyara National Park can look forward to a generally temperate climate, which can be relatively mild at times. During the day, it seldom gets uncomfortably hot. In the early mornings and throughout the evenings, it can get quite cold, so warm clothing is recommended for game drives during these times.

Like the rest of northern Tanzania, the Dry season occurs from June to September. Two distinct Wet seasons run from March to May (long rains), and October to September (short rains). It seldom rains all day, and shouldn’t impact game viewing.

Best Time To Go​

You can expect the best weather (with a low chance of rain) from June to October. March and April are the wettest months, with up to 200 mm of rainfall recorded.

While game viewing is considered good all year round, the best time is from June to October. This is the Dry season, so the vegetation is less dense allowing better spotting opportunities.

From a scenic perspective, however, the park is at its lush best from November to May when the rains fall.

The high season for tourists visiting Lake Manyara runs from July to March, and the park can get quite crowded later in the day.

April and May are considered the low season as fewer people visit when rain is likely.

See What Our Guests Have to Say

LoveTravel259094
LoveTravel259094
August 8, 2023
Asante Gosheni and espacially Hassan Nous tenons à recommander Hassan car nous venons de passer un séjour mémorable avec lui. Grâce à son expérience, sa connaissance parfaite du monde animal et des parcs, Hassan nous a permis de voir de nombreux animaux en étant extrêmement bien placé.
Bien évidemment les big five (même le rhinocéros!), la traversée de la rivière par les gnous et bien d'autres animaux.
En faisant un safari avec Hassan vous trouverez tout ce que vous êtes venus chercher.
A l'avenir si nous décidons de refaire un safari, nous voudrions repartir avec Hassan.
Myriam D
Myriam D
August 8, 2023
Hassan is the best guide !!!! Nous avons eu la chance de faire un safari de 8 jours dans les parcs nationaux du nord de la Tanzanie avec Hassan comme guide. Hassan est un guide très expérimenté.
Grâce à lui et sa grande expérience nous avons découvert et appris énormément de choses sur la Tanzanie, les animaux, les végétaux etc. Hassan est un véritable passionné qui aime transmettre son savoir.
En plus de ses connaissances, Hassan a un véritable œil de lynx et sais débusquer le moindre animal caché.
Grâce à Hassan nous avons eu la chance de voir beaucoup d’animaux et tous ceux du « Big Five ».
Parmi tous les véhicules présents lors des safaris, Hassan sait se frayer un chemin pour nous permettre d’avoir toujours le meilleur point de vue.
Hassan sait où se placer pour nous permettre d’avoir une vue sans égal sur les animaux, en les observant de très près.
Hassan est également un excellent conducteur. La route n’a aucun secret pour lui.
C’est également un guide très attentionné, toujours aux petits soins pour nous et d’une extrême gentillesse.
Nous recommandons Hassan les yeux fermés et si nous devions refaire un safari, nous demanderons d’être guidés par Hassan sans hésitation.
Merci encore à Hassan pour ces merveilleux moments qui resterons gravés dans notre mémoire !!
bonny l
bonny l
August 6, 2023
amazing Safari experience wiz gosheni nice trip wiz our amazing guide Samir We saw all the wild animals during Safari
thx a lot for the thoughtful and excellent service
highly recommend
FENG Y
FENG Y
August 6, 2023
愉快的非洲之旅 幸运的选择了gosheni Safari,我们的向导samir服务非常好,小朋友们都很喜欢他,非洲五霸除了犀牛没有看到外,其他都替我们找到了,寻找动物经验丰富,在超远的地方就能看到目标。可以在众多的车子中抢到一个很好的观赏位,办事灵活。
Vladimir T
Vladimir T
August 6, 2023
Great experience! Great experience! Starting from the trip planning the communications were very clear and smooth to organize the tour and select itinerary. In the end we opted for 5 days/4 nights route including the Tarangire, Serengeti and Lake Manyara nations parks as well as a visit to the Ngorongoro crater. The tour itself was excellent and very punctual, here kudos to our guide Wilson who is very experienced and knowledgeable about his job and also went well beyond his duty and gave us a nice summary of country’s history. It was really a pleasure to spend time with him and we managed to see the big 5:) Accommodations were superb: great camps, an amazing farmhouse close to Ngorongoro, meals were also good and picnic lunches well organized.
In summary the experience was highly satisfying, I sincerely recommend Gosheni Safaris and to ask for Wilson as a guide.
Allison B
Allison B
August 5, 2023
Great Taste of Tanzania Had a great 5-day tour. Our guide James was very dedicated to making sure we saw amazing sights. He asked us our favorite animals to see and made it his mission to help us spot them. The food was good, the lodging was very pleasant, and enjoying a glass of wine on lunches was a nice touch. Favorite lodging was definitely the Farmhouse by Ngorongoro. Beautiful landscapes along the entire tour, covered a lot of ground and got a great introduction to Tanzania.
Sukhraj S
Sukhraj S
August 5, 2023
Gosheni number 1 What an unforgettable 6 days, courtesy of Gosheni Safari and our guide/driver Zadock!!!
I booked this holiday back in 2020 but then had to cancel due to Covid. That was after a lot of research of tour companies and finally picking Ghosheni. The time was right to get this once in a lifetime trip set up again, so working via email with William at Gosheni we compiled the agenda…he was so helpful and we settled on one day in Tarangire, one day in Lake Manyara, three days in Serengeti and one day in Ngorongoro Crater…I’m now on the way to Zanzibar after an amazing experience, Gosheni took care of the whole package for my wife, three teenage sons and I.

Our guide and driver was Zadock, a humble, honest, genuine, proud and generous man. He did absolutely everything for us, answered every question and took us to all the places to see the big five up close, hunts and more.

The food was served every lunch time as a picnic, with plates, blanket, wtc whilst others had lunch boxes. The Jeep was cleaned daily, and was extremely comfortable along the difficult rough terrain…a credit to Zadock.

Zadock had so much knowledge not only of the animal kingdom’s hundreds of species but also the history of Tanzania, Africa, politics, and social customs, we felt as though he was part of our family.

Thankyou Zadock and Gosheni, I very rarely write reviews after holidays and I have travelled extensively around the world, but these guys are special and have made this so memorable for my family and I….I recommend to everyone if you are unsure about who, how, what, these guys will sort out the whole trip and at a very reasonable price.

Well done William, Gosheni and Zadock, and I really hope you get to be recognised as the number one tour company in Tanzania!
Eric W
Eric W
August 4, 2023
Extraordinary Safari with Gosheni I am so glad to have Gosheni as our tour operator. They provide excellent service starting from arranging the tour till the end of our safari.
As our city had quarantine arrangement due to COVID-19, we were so worry about our trip. Luckily, Gosheni is so considerate and try their best endeavors to rearrange our scedule. With their assistance, everything is set and we feel comfortable for all of their kind arrangements.

During the safari, we have a terrific tour guide, Edward! He takes care of all the stuff and administration including liaison with hotels, lunch packing, other add-on safaris so that we can fully enjoy the trip.

Not only Edward spots a lot a lot of animals and birds for us, including the top 5 in the trip, he also introduces us the habitat and features of the animals and birds. We are very impressed by his rich knowledge and do enjoy listening the "stories" of the animals.

Edwward is definitely experienced and propose the best programme during the safari, e.g. he tries to maximise our time for the game drive in different locations and tribe visit. We fully trust his expertise and professionalism.

We are very happy with Edward and Gosheni. We will absolutely consider them in our next Africam safari.
Priyank S
Priyank S
August 4, 2023
Amazing Safari with Gosheni and Ombeni Our guide, Ombeni, was the best part of our trip. He is really knowledgeable, friendly, and we trusted his expertise for the whole 9 days across Tarangire, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro. We were lucky to see some amazing things on our game drives. Having grown up in Kenya, I have been lucky to go on many safaris, and this is one of the best I've been on.
The food was excellent, and even on the all-day game drives we had a cooked, sit-down meal for lunch which was a big plus point. All the accommodation was excellent as well.

We had a bespoke itinerary which we planned in advance with William from Gosheni, and he was extremely helpful in answering our questions and accommodating our requests.

I would highly recommend Gosheni and especially Ombeni for future travels.
Banu
Banu
August 4, 2023
Dreams come true!!! Thanks to best guide Hassani I have been dreaming Serengeti Safari tour for a long time and Gosheni Safaris made my dreams come true. We completed our 5 days safari at the end of July and it was wonderful. We visited Central Serengeti, North Serengeti and Ngorongoro.
The company is very professional from beginning to end. Peter the owner of Gosheni Safaris helped us a lot about planning our itinary. I asked too many questions and he replied all of them everytime. Sometimes he can be in the bush and has no internet connection but be sure he always will reply your questions. Just be sure that you are in safe hands and Hakuna Matata☺️

Our guide was Hassani who is a perfect guide, safari driver, friend and everything. He always did his best to show us as much as possible. We always felt safe and witnessed lots of amazing moments by help of Hassani. Beside being a perfect safari guide, he prepared very nice lunch tables every afternoon. He is very funny person and makes lots of jokes during the safari. I higly recommend Gosheni Safaris which is best one and Hassani who is a very good guide. I want to thank Hassani in person for making our safari perfect and looking forward to meet again🙏🏻

Tips: I recommend ‘Morning Hot air Balloon safari’.

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