Arusha to lake Manyara

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Distance from Arusha to Lake Manyara


The park is part of the popular northern safari circuit. Arusha is the gateway town and the best way to get there is to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), which is situated about 46km/29mi from Arusha. It is also possible to fly into Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam and fly on to Arusha Airport (ARK) or Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).

There are flights from Arusha and the Serengeti to Manyara’s airstrip, but the trip from Arusha on the tarred road only takes 1½ hours by car.

Coming from the Ngorongoro Crater, the driving time is about two hours to cover the 80km/50mi.

3 ways to go from Arusha to Lake Manyara

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Difference between fly and go by a car is 98 km.

Arusha to Lake Manyara FQA's

By Road

Lake Manyara National Park can be reached by road from Arusha. The journey from Arusha takes around 110km/2 hours drive.

By Air

Daily scheduled flights are available to Lake Manyara National Park from Arusha and Dar es Salaam with Auric Air, Coastal Aviation, and Precision Air.

First, it’s best to note that Lake Manyara National Park can be visited year-round.
However, suppose you’re after the best possible safari experience, like day and afternoon game drives, night game drives, walking safaris, and canoeing. In that case, it’s best to visit during the dry season (late June to October).
Due to its lush vegetation, waterfall cascade, and wildlife gatherings, the most scenic period is in the wet season (November to May). It is also the best time to see flamingos and their fascinating colorings.

Lake Manyara has famously been crowned as a unique destination known for its tree-climbing lions. You may have seen the photos online, but this isn’t a daily occurrence. They are difficult to see, and no tour operator can guarantee you will witness this peculiar behavior.

Absolutely! The park offers so much adventure that you would have to stay a lifetime to experience it all. Not to mention the amazing wildlife!

A few activities that Lake Manyara offers that many other parks do not include; Night Game Drives, Hot Spring Tours, Treetop Walkways, Cultural Village Tours, Hippo Pool Viewpoints, and a canoeing experience, which you can’t find in other Northern Circuit parks. We told you there was a lot!

Kilimanjaro National Park houses many fascinating, beautiful, unique animals. The wildlife found at the park includes elephants, Cape buffaloes, giraffes, black rhinos, leopards, and servals.

In addition, the park also has hyenas, several baboon species, monkeys, aardvarks, antelopes, and many others. However, you can’t spot the Big Five here.

So, if you want to see the famous Big Five and other big games, we recommend you visit other major parks in Tanzania, like Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Tarangire.

The park was initially established to protect elephants from rampant poaching activities. This effort has increased the number of elephants and other fascinating wildlife in the park.

Lake Manyara is a special place where you can witness flamingoes co-existing with Hippos in the lake itself.

Hippos are a popular sighting in Lake Manyara and are often mistaken for large rocks as they relax in the nearby waters.

Listen out for laughing noises as these vocal beasts can be heard chuckling away.

Among the wildlife you can witness in Lake Manyara National Park are Baboons, Buffaloes, Bushbucks, Civets, Civets, Elephants, Galagos, Genets, Giraffes, Hippos, Honey Badgers, Hyenas, Impalas, Jackals Leopards, Lions, Monkeys, Mongooses, Squirrels, Warthogs, Warthogs, Wildebeests, Zebras.

As for the birdlife, the park houses over 400 bird species, including Barbets, Bee-eaters, Black-faced Sandgrouse, Buzzards, Cormorants, Cranes, Cuckoos, Crowned Eagle, Comb Duck, Doves, Eagles, Emerald Cuckoo, Herons, Hornbills, Ibises, Kingfishers, Nightjars, Owls, Rollers, Shrikes, Spoonbills, Storks, Trogons, Vultures, Weavers, Woodpeckers and many more.

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Lake Manyara National Park


Lake Manyara NP is a small park at the base of the Rift Valley escarpment. Its groundwater forest offers a nice change of scenery from the more savannah-dominated parks. Although the park is known for tree-climbing lions, big cats aren’t that easily seen. Elephant are prolific and are the main attraction.


Serengeti Trips Tanzania


Find all the transport options for your trip from Arusha to Serengeti right here. We displays up to date schedules, route maps, journey times and estimated fares from relevant transport operators, ensuring you can make an informed decision about which option will suit you best.

Where to stay in Lake Manyara

Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge / karatu Tented Lodge / Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge / Morona Hill Lodge / Africa Safari Camping Mto wa Mbu / Manyara Lake View / Escarpment Luxury Lodge / Migunga Tented Camp / Burudika Manyara Lodge / Mzuri Lodge Ltd / Milele Camp / Lulimac Lake Manyara Lodge / Eco Boma Camp / Crater Forest Tented Camp / The Retreat at Ngorongoro / Ngorongoro Lions Paw / Neptune Ngorongoro Luxury Lodge / Ancestors Lodge / Ngorongoro Marera Mountain View Lodge / Acacia Farm Lodge / Karatu Simba Lodge / Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge / Elewana The Manor Ngorongoro / Farm of Dreams Lodge / Octagon Lodge / Acacia Tarangire Luxury Camp / Frina Buffalo Lodge /Ngorongoro Forest Tented Lodge / Pakulala Safari Camp – East Africa Camps / Highview Hotel / Roika Tarangire Tented Lodge / Tarangire Osupuko Lodge/ Lemala Mpingo Ridge / Ngorongoro Tented Camp / Ecoscience Center & Luxury Lodge / Lemala Ngorongoro / Castle Lodge / St. Catherine Monastery / Flamingo Safari Lodge / Ngorongoro Front Safari Lodge / Enyati Lodge / Ganako Luxury Lodge / Karibu Camps and Lodges Lions Paw Ngorongoro / Kasi Tembo Rest House / Green Hills Lodge / Eco Hostel Karatu / Whistling Thorn Tented Camp / Corfield Camp Tarangire / Ngorongoro Villa & Restaurant /Sumawe Suites Karatu

Things to do in Lake Manyara National Park

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Walking in Lake Manyara

Lose yourself among the treetops of Lake Manyara on a treetop canopy tour. Stroll through the ancient forests of this magnificent national park, starting on a short boardwalk that gradually rises from ground level to the forest canopy.

Game Drive

Game drives in lake Manyara National Park are tailored to suit your preference, with a choice between shorter, twice-daily drives, or one full-day game drive, with a stop for a picnic lunch, you control every part of your Safari. We can guide and help you in Lake Manyara.

Canoe ride

Lake Manyara is home to an incredible array of bird life, including thousands of pink-hued flamingos. You can get very close to giraffes, elephants, buffalos and other animals grazing on the shoreline. All from the comfort of your canoe

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