Lake Manyara is the seventh-largest lake of Tanzania by surface area; It is a shallow, alkaline lake in the Natron-Manyara-Balangida in Manyara Region in Tanzania. The northwest quadrant of the lake is included within Lake Manyara National Park and it is part of the Lake Manyara Biosphere Reserve, how Lake Manyara got its name. The name Manyara may come from the Maasai word emanyara, which is the spiky, protective enclosure around a family homestead (boma). Another explanation is that the lake was given the name because the manyara plant is common in the area. Another theory is that the Mbugwe tribe, who live in the Lake Manyara area, may have given the lake its name based on the Mbugwe word manyero, meaning a trough or place where animals drink water.
Lake Manyara National Park is known for flocks of thousands flamingos that feed along the edge of the lake in the wet season. At times, there have been over an estimated 2 million individuals of various species of water birds.
Lake Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions are another reason to pay a visit to this park. The only kind of their species in the world, they make the ancient mahogany and elegant acacias their home during the rainy season, and are a well-known but rather rare feature of the northern park. In addition to the lions, the national park is also home to the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world — a fact that accounts for interesting game viewing of large families of the primates. Lake Manyara can be accessed through Lake Manyara National Park. With an entrance gate that doubles as an exit, the trail into the park is effectively a loop that can be traversed by jeep within a few hours. The trails go through forests shrublands and marsh, before reaching the shore of the lake. The Rift Valley escarpment provides a spectacular backdrop.
From the nearby town of Mto wa Mbu, through the Cultural Tourism Programme, it is possible to organize a canoe trip on the lake, or a fishing trip to learn traditional fishing methods. Bicycle trips to the east shore of the lake can also be arraigned. The Lake Manyara national park can be booked as one day safaris, If you booked as one day trip we will enjoy a picnic lunch inside the park or nearby and afternoon game drive,wildlife and birds migration at lake manyara. Later in the afternoon we depart for Moshi or Arusha where we will end our safari adventure in Manyara national park. You will be taken to your hotel, which ends our tour package services. But if you booked mult-day safaris we will transfer you to the near hotel or lodges ready for next day safaris game drive.