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Lake Manyara

Home of the tree climbing lions

The park is located 126 km (78 mi) south west of Arusha and can be reached by car in an hour and a half. The park can also be reached easily from Babati the capital of Manyara Region.

Lake manyara tree climbing lions

Lake Manyara National Park

What to do at Lake Manyara


Established in 1960, Lake Manyara is Tanzania’s second oldest national park along with Arusha national park.
The word Manyara comes from the Maasai word “emanyara” which is a type of plant grown into a hedge around Maasai homes to protect their cattle and keep out predators. This plant was found around the lake shore, so that the park gets its name from salt water lake inside the park.

In addition, it is one of the World Heritage Sites Biosphere reserve listed by UNESCO. 

Attractions of lake manyara national park including the Unique salt water lake, hot springs, largest groundwater forest in all East Africa, tree climbing lions, largest concentration of baboons and rugged wall of the Rift valley makes a wonderful backdrop to the national park

Lake Manyara Map

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