Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara is a picturesque gem, with a setting inscribed by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”.

LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

Destination Overview

Lake Manyara National Park, which encompasses an area of 330 sq.km, of which 200 sq km is lake, was proclaimed a game reserve in 1957 and registered three years later as a National Park. The park is situated between the 600 m high escarpment of the Great Rift Valley and Lake Manyara and is 130 km from Arusha. Thus, it can be visited on a day excursion. At the Southern end of the park are hot Sulphur Springs known as Majimoto. Further along the forest the area opens up into woodlands, grassland, swamps and beyond, the soda lake itself.

Where to find Lake Manyara National Park

Basic Facts, Attractions

Gombe is the smallest of Tanzania's National Parks: a fragile strip of chimpanzee habitat across the steep slopes and river valleys that hem in the sandy northern shore of Lake Tanganyika.

  • Size: 330 sq km (127 sq miles), of which up to 200 sq km (77 sq miles) is lake when water levels are high.
  • Location: In northern Tanzania. The entrance gate lies 1.5 hours (126km/80 miles) west of Arusha along a newly surfaced road, close to the ethnically diverse market town of Mto wa Mbu.

Attractions

  • Large Buffalo, Wildebeest and Zebra herds, Giraffes
  • Legendary tree-climbing Lions and impressively tusked Elephants. Squadrons of banded Mongoose, Kirk’s dik-dik, Pairs of Klipspringer.

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