Manyara National Park

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About Manyara

Lake Manyara National Park is a stunning wildlife reserve in northern Tanzania. It features Lake Manyara, known for its fluctuating water levels and home to many flamingos and other waterfowl. The park is also home to a variety of wildlife like elephants, giraffes, and tree-climbing lions. Bird enthusiasts will be delighted with opportunities for birdwatching near the lake and the forest areas.

The park features diverse landscapes including acacia woodlands, grassy plains, and the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. Visitors can engage in cultural tours to Mto wa Mbu village for an authentic local life experience. The park is easily accessible by road from Arusha and is often included in safari itineraries.


  • Game Drives
  • Tree-Climbing Lions Observation
  • Birdwatching
  • Cultural Tours to Mto wa Mbu Village
  • Walking Safaris
  • Hot Springs Visit
  • Picnicking
  • Photography
  • Nature Walks
  • Wildlife Observation at the Hippo Pool
  • Conservation Awareness
  • Game Viewing from Lake Manyara Viewpoints

Climate and Weather

Manyara National Park, located in Tanzania, experiences a climate typical of East Africa, characterized by distinct wet and dry seasons. Here’s an overview of the climate and weather patterns in Manyara National Park.

Dry Season

  • June to October: The dry season is the most popular time for visitors as the weather is generally dry and the skies are clear. This period is considered the best time for wildlife viewing, as animals tend to concentrate around water sources.

Wet Season

  • Long Rains (March to May): Manyara National Park experiences its primary wet season during these months. Rainfall can be heavy, leading to lush vegetation and green landscapes. Some areas may become challenging to navigate due to muddy conditions.

  • Short Rains (November to December): The park also receives shorter rains towards the end of the year. While less intense than the long rains, these showers contribute to the overall greenery in the park.


  • This is the main rainy season in the Serengeti. It is characterized by more consistent and heavy rainfall.
  • During the long rainy season, the park becomes lush and green, providing a different perspective of the landscape.
  • Wildlife tends to disperse during this time, as water and food sources become abundant.


  • Humidity levels can vary, with higher humidity during the wet season. The air may feel more humid, especially after rainfall.

Landscapes and Vegetation

  • The wet season transforms the landscapes into lush, green environments with flourishing vegetation.
  • The dry season sees a reduction in vegetation, making it easier to spot wildlife, particularly around the water sources like Lake Manyara.

Wildlife Activity

The dry season is considered the best time for wildlife viewing as animals gather around water sources, making them easier to spot. This includes elephants, giraffes, zebras, and the famous tree-climbing lions.

Best Time to Visit

The dry season, particularly from June to October, is generally considered the best time to visit Manyara National Park for optimal wildlife viewing and favorable weather conditions.

Weather Variability

While the general climate pattern is consistent, weather conditions can vary. It’s advisable to check current weather forecasts and conditions when planning a visit.