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2 Days Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro

2 Days Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro

2 Days Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro

On these 2 days safari you will see different varieties of unique species including climbing lions, good elephants and baboons. Lake Manyara is a lovely scenic park on the road from Arusha to the Ngorongoro Crater.  The lake itself takes up much of the park leaving a strip of land running down its shores where game concentrates.


Day 1: Lake Manyara National Park (Moshi -to-Lake Manyara National Park-to-Mto wa Mbu)

Our professional tour guides will meet you at the hotel and briefing you about the tour. You will travel up to Lake Manyara where you will be able to see tree climbing lions which are the park’s main attraction. This small park is also home to over 400 species of birds, including flamingos, pelicans, storks and cormorants. You will spend the night under the stars as you camp at a campsite in the small town of Mto wa Mbu.


Day 2: Ngorongoro crater (Mto wa Mbu –to-Ngorongoro crater-to-Moshi)

After getting a delicious breakfast you will depart for Ngorongoro crater which is UNESCO world heritage. Any trip to Northern Tanzania has to include the Ngorongoro Crater: it is one of the most beautiful natural wildlife safari sites in the world and an exceptional place to interact with people from the Masaai tribe.The Ngorongoro is the best place in Tanzania to see the big five. You will enjoy a picnic lunch in the crater and continue the game drive after the break. Later in the afternoon, you will travel up to the steep walls of the crater to return to Moshi.

How to get to Lake Manyara

Most travellers visit Lake Manyara National Park from Tanzania’s safari capital, Arusha. By road, Lake Manyara is 126km from Arusha, and the drive to the northern gate takes 1.5-2 hours along a new tarmac road.

You can also fly to Lake Manyara Airport (LKY) from Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), and the journey takes around 40 minutes. Kilimanjaro International Airport is located around 46km from Arusha.

Wildlife at Lake Manyara

Lake Manyara National Park is home to a diverse ecosystem which contains a range of habitats, including a soda lake, acacia woodland, equatorial forest, several types of savannah, and even mountain slopes.

Lesser flamingos and pelicans thrive at Lake Manyara, but its alkaline waters are undrinkable for most other animals. However, many animals are forced to drink Lake Manyara’s alkaline waters to survive the dry season since most other water sources dry up completely.

Lake Manyara National Park is famous for its tree-climbing lions. The park’s lions tend to climb trees far more often than lions in the Serengeti National Park or Tarangire National Park. This phenomenon has baffled scientists and seeing tree climbing lions on a game drive is an unforgettable experience.

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Hot springs can be found in the south of the park, and the park is bisected by 2 rivers, the Mto wa Mbu River and the Endabash River.

Lake Manyara National Park is home to 400 bird species, and it is a paradise for bird enthusiasts. The park also contains water buffaloes, zebras, antelopes, wildebeests, and the world’s largest concentration of baboons.

The park’s elephant population has suffered from poaching, but conservation efforts have protected a strong population of these gentle giants.

Activities at Lake Manyara National Park

  • Game drives

    Choose between early morning, afternoon, and night safaris, and expect to see an abundance of wildlife. You can expect to see a range of large mammals, including tree-climbing lions, elephants, buffaloes, and warthogs. The park is also home to smaller mammals, including dik-diks and honey badgers.

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  • Birdwatching

    Home to over 400 bird species, Lake Manyara National Park is an excellent location for bird watching. You have a chance of seeing pelicans and flamingos on the lake, and egrets, yellow-billed storks, and marabou stalks on the floodplain.

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Cultural tourism

You can take a tour of a Maasai boma or visit Mto wa Mbu, a small town which is adjacent to the park. Visiting this rural market town is a great way to immerse yourself in semi-rural Tanzanian life

Accommodation at Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge: Owned by &Beyond, this luxury lodge is nestled within an ancient mahogany forest. You can choose between 9 exclusive treehouse suites, and your private butler will ensure that you have a relaxing stay. The lodge has a refreshing outdoor pool and a spa which offers a range of massage treatments. This lodge is also one of the few lodges that offers night safaris within the park.

Chem Chem Safari Lodge: Situated on the eastern shores of Lake Manyara, this lodge is split across 3 locations. The main site is close to Lake Manyara National Park. The lodge offers 8 spacious, tent-style suites which are all at least 80m apart. Chem Chem is perfect for travellers who value their own space.

Lake Manyara Ranch Conservancy: Located within a private conservancy just outside of Lake Manyara National Park, this campsite offers 8 spacious tents with 7-foot beds. Each tent has a wardrobe, a writing table, and wooden storage chests.

Lake Manyara Serena Lodge: This tranquil retreat is located just outside of Lake Manyara National Park. The lodge offers a range of exciting activities, including community lunches where you can learn more about Maasai culture,and daily game drives. You can choose between a comfortable standard room and the luxurious Losimingori Suite.

Manyara Green Camp: Owned by Wayo Africa, this sustainable camp offers 8 square en-suite eco tents on raised platforms which are situated on the banks of the Endabash River. You can choose between communal dining in the spacious mess tent or private dining. Each tent has a comfortable bed and a decking area, and they are designed to minimise their environmental impact without compromising on comfort.