Lake Manyara National Park – 1 Day Safari

Lake Manyara National Park - 1 Day Safari

Lake Manyara National Park is a stunning destination situated in northern Tanzania, near the bustling town of Arusha. Renowned for its diverse wildlife, breathtaking landscapes, and the picturesque Lake Manyara, it offers a unique safari experience within a relatively small area. 


A day trip to Lake Manyara National Park provides an exciting opportunity to immerse yourself in the true essence of Africa. 


Lake Manyara is an untouched haven of groundwater lakes nourished by underground springs, teeming with an abundance of wildlife. It is not only one of Africa’s top birding destinations but also an incredible place to witness the majestic presence of iconic animals like elephants, cape buffalo, and the famous tree-climbing lions that inhabit the park.


Arrival Day – Pick Up From Airport

Meet on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport/Arusha Airport. Transfer to Hotel in Arusha for an overnight stay.


  • Distance: 50km
  • Accommodation: Summit Lodge Arusha (Bed and Breakfast only)


1-Day Itinerary for Lake Manyara National Park Tour:
7:00 AM – Departure from Arusha

Start your day bright and early with a departure from Arusha, the gateway city to Tanzania’s famous national parks. Board your vehicle and embark on a scenic journey towards Lake Manyara National Park. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Tanzanian countryside as you make your way to the park’s entrance.


9:30 AM: Arrival at Lake Manyara National Park

Upon reaching the park, you will be greeted by the park’s entrance gate. Complete the necessary registration and payment formalities before entering the park. Take a moment to soak in the serene ambiance and prepare yourself for an unforgettable adventure.


10:00 AM: Game Drive

Embark on an exciting game drive through the diverse landscapes of Lake Manyara National Park. The park is renowned for its remarkable wildlife, including elephants, giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, and a variety of antelope species. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive tree-climbing lions, which are a unique attraction in this park. Your knowledgeable guide will navigate through the park, ensuring you have the best opportunities to spot and observe the abundant wildlife.


Midday: 12:30 PM – Lunch

It’s time to enjoy a delightful picnic lunch amidst nature’s splendor. Take a moment to relax, recharge, and reflect on the incredible sights and encounters you’ve experienced so far.


Afternoon: 1:30 PM –  Explore Lake Manyara

Continue your adventure by exploring the park’s namesake, Lake Manyara. The lake is a haven for bird enthusiasts, hosting a plethora of bird species, including flamingos, pelicans, storks, and many others. Marvel at the vibrant colors and graceful movements of these avian creatures as they go about their daily activities.


3:00 PM: Cultural Interaction

Lake Manyara National Park is also home to the Maasai people, one of Tanzania’s indigenous tribes. Engage in a cultural interaction with the Maasai community and gain insights into their traditional way of life. Learn about their customs, traditions, and their unique relationship with the wildlife and nature surrounding them.


Late Afternoon: 4:00 PM – Sunset Game Drive

As the day begins to wind down, embark on a mesmerizing sunset game drive. Witness the breathtaking hues of the African sunset as it paints the park’s landscapes in golden and amber tones. This is a perfect opportunity to capture stunning photographs and create lasting memories of your Lake Manyara adventure.


Evening: 6:30 PM  Departure from Lake Manyara National Park

Bid farewell to Lake Manyara National Park as you begin your journey back to Arusha. Reflect on the incredible experiences you’ve had and the remarkable wildlife you encountered during your day trip.


8:30 PM: Return to Arusha

Arrive back in Arusha, where your Lake Manyara National Park adventure concludes. Take this time to relax and relish in the memories of your extraordinary day in the Tanzanian wilderness.


Note: Please note that the timings mentioned in the itinerary are approximate and may vary depending on factors such as traffic, wildlife sightings, and personal preferences.

TOUR Price Includes;
  • English speaking guide
  • A vehicle with pop up roof safari vehicle
  • Mineral water
  • Lunch
  • Parks entrance fee

Starting price per adult*