How to get to lake manyara National Park

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How to get to Lake Manyara National Park

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.

In only 1 hour and 30 minutes you are able to reach Lake Manyara National Park by road from Arusha and in less than an hour still, if you are coming from the Ngorongoro crater. a number of areas within the northern part of the park get very busy with large numbers of tourists more so in the afternoon. You are advised to stay within the park or nearby for at least two nights to enjoy it to its fullest.

2 ways to go to Lake Manyara

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Difference between fly and go by a car is 10 km.

Lake Manyara FQA's

Distance from Arusha to Manyara is 107 kilometers. This air travel distance is equal to 66 miles. The air travel (bird fly) shortest distance between Arusha and Manyara is 107 km= 66 miles. If you travel with an airplane (which has average speed of 560 miles) from Arusha to Manyara, It takes 0.12 hours to arrive.


Arusha is located in Tanzania.

GPS Coordinates (DMS)3° 23´ 12.9480” S
36° 40´ 58.7640” E
Altitude1360 m


Manyara is located in Tanzania.

GPS Coordinates4° 18´ 54.0360” S
36° 57´ 14.7960” E
Altitude1474 m

Established in 1960, Lake Manyara National Park is mainly visited by holidaymakers en route to other destinations on the Northern Safari Circuit of Tanzania like the Ngorongoro Crater, and some tourists do not even spend the overnight as a way of cutting down on their safari budget.

However we highly recommend holidaymakers particularly when visiting during the busy peak tourist season (July to November) to spend at least a night in order to better experience the rich diversity of wildlife in  this park and avoid any disappointments since the number of tourists in the park is generally high at this time of the year

When it come to Where to Stay, while on your visit to Lake Manyara National Park; it is usually best to reside either inside the park at any of the permanent camps like the Lake Manyara Tree Lodge or opt for a mobile tent which is more budget friendly. This will present you with the perfect way to adventure the park. that way, you will be able to begin your safari much earlier compared to other visitors who will be visiting the park on a mere day tour, giving you an in-depth exploration into the park on your Lake Manyara Tanzania Safari. You will definitely enjoy the best wildlife experience if you stay inside the park.

Two main gates, that is in the north and the south make up the 2 main entrances to Lake Manyara National Park. The northern gate has a number of accommodations located along it hence making it very busy as most of the visitors opt to use the northern part of the park. As you move towards the far south, the gate is rarely used considering that it also has controlled access. and there are just a few lodges and camps permitted to use this gate.

Although not recommended, the Lake Manyara  National Park is accessible when travelling by (rental) vehicle. Please keep in mind that careful planning is necessary when driving by yourself through the Lake National Park. A 4×4 vehicle is required to be able to access all roads throughout the year. Petrol/Diesel is sold at mto wa Mbu, just outside the National Park.

Combining Lake Manyara with other Northern Tanzania Safari Parks

Because of Lake Manyara National Park’s ideal location on the northern safari circuit of Tanzania, it can easily be combined with other destinations along this circuit such as the popular Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater as well as Tarangire National Park

Distance: 126Time: 2 hrs 

Lake Manyara National Park

Welcome to Lake Manyara National Park well known for the tree climbing lions, the soda ash lake that attracts thousands and pink flamingos, one of Tanzania’s biggest elephant population and breathtaking scenery! Enjoy your safari in Tanzania!

Serengeti Trips Tanzania

Find all the transport options for your trip from Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park 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

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