Size is no hindrance for this park: at only 330 square kilometres, this park packs in the wildlife experience. Bordered by Lake Manyara and the mighty Rift Valley Escarpment, the lush rainforest, acacia woodland, grassy floodplain and alkaline lake make it home to an incredible array of wildlife, including the legendary tree climbing lion, and has superb birdwatching and seasonal flamingo flocks. The groundwater forest offers a nice change of scenery from the more savannah dominated parks. Often you can have an up close and personal view of the very relaxed elephants.
Best Time to Go
- Best time to go: June to September (easier to spot animals)
- High Season: Most of the year – July to March (the northern section of the park gets crowded in the mornings)
- Low Season: April and May
- Best Weather: June to October (few rains)
- Worst Weather: March and April (Peak of wet season)
- Animals are more easily found in the thinner vegetation where they congregate at water sources.
- Lots of sun and very little rain.
- Bring warm clothes for game drives in June and through August. It tends to be cold in the early mornings.
- The scenery is green and lush.
- April and May are low seasons, so its usually less crowded with generally lower rates.
- Although wildlife is easier to sop in the dry season, Lake Manyara NP offers good wildlife viewing throughout the year.
- Birdwatching is best at this time since migratory birds can be found.
- March to May is peak of the wet season.