to be on safari before most others, and explore deeper into the park which day visitors won’t have the time to do. Without any doubt, staying inside the park is the best wildlife experience.
Secondly you can opt to stay somewhere outside, but near to the park gate. From here you can enter the park early and enjoy the whole day exploring. There are some economical accommodation options outside the park, some of which are dotted along the top of the Rift Valley Escarpment with great views down across the park.
Entrances to the National Park
There are two main entrances to Lake Manyara National Park, a gate in the north and in the south. Almost everybody uses the northern gate, since the majority of accommodation optionsare situated here and as a result the northern part of the park is by far the busier one. The gate in the far south is not commonly used and also has restricted access. Only few camps andlodges can use this entrance. Please contact us for more information on camps that can enter via this quiet gate.
Flora & Fauna of Lake Manyara
Covering about 330km2, of which typically two-thirds is underwater, Lake Manyara NationalPark is a small park by African standards. However, it’s also very beautiful and contains tremendous diversity of habitats, animals and especially birds.
Lake Manyara’s game includes good number of elephants, buffalo and wildebeest along with plenty of giraffe. Also prolific in number are Zebra, Waterbuck, Warthog and Impala. You may need to search a little harder for the small and relatively shy Kirk’s dik-dik, and Klipspringer on the slopes of the escarpment. The broken forest and escarpment make it good country for the leopard, whilst Manyara’s healthy lion population are famous for their tree climbing antics. (whilst unusual, this isn’t as unique to the park as often claimed). Immediately obvious to most visitors are the huge troops of baboons – which often number several hundred and are widely regarded as Africa’s largest.