Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park

The Rift Valley escarpment runs through Lake Manyara National Park, which is a tiny park at the base of the escarpment. Its groundwater forest is a great change of pace from the parks that are primarily dominated by grasslands. Despite the park’s reputation for tree-climbing lions, big cats are rarely sighted. Elephants abound, and they are the main attraction.


The enormous elephant population in this park is well-known. The large cats are present, although they are difficult to spot. Olive baboons and blue monkeys have made their home in the forest patch. On a drive, you can easily see buffalo, giraffe, and a variety of antelope species.


Lake Manyara is a shallow alkaline lake located at the foot of the Western Rift Valley escarpment. In a tiny space, the park features a surprising diversity of habitats. A lovely groundwater forest greets visitors as they enter the park. The grassy floodplain, rocky escarpment, and acacia forest are among the other habitats that can be visited in a half-day. A visit to the hot springs (Majo Moto) further into the park is recommended.

Weather & Climate

At Lake Manyara, where average daily temperatures peak at roughly 29°C/84°F in the Wet season, the climate never becomes too hot (November to May). The pattern throughout this time is a month or two of’short rains,’ followed by a dry spell, followed by a lengthier period of rain. During the dry season, it is slightly cooler (June to October). However, the temperature drops dramatically at night. Freezing temperatures are uncommon, although they do occur.