Lake Manyara National Park


Distance: 130 kms from Arusha town. It is in Arusha region.


Manyara is a Maasai word for a plant Emanyara used for making living stockades around their kraals. Other Maasai elders argue that it comes from the word Ol Manyara which means settlement. It was established in 1960, having a total area of 330 sq kms of which 230 sq kms are covered by the water Lake.


The park is located between the cliff of the Great Rift Valley and Lake Manyara, there are several different types of forests with a variety of fauna, ground forest around the gate hot springs.


Tree climbing lions, highest density of elephant in Africa 7 elephants per km2, zebras, monkeys, hippos, buffaloes, and profusion of birds more than 380 species. Best time is whole year.


Serena Lodge, Lake Manyara Hotel, youth Hostel, Twiga Lodge & Campsite. There is airstrip.


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