Studies in the 1980s found this to be one of the areas with the highest wildlife biomass in Africa, but elephant numbers had fallen by 75% between 1985 and 1991 as a result of illegal hunting, with numbers rebounding to around 200 in 1996. Lake Manyara was also once known for its high population of black rhinoceros, but none were present by 1996. Similarly, reedbuck were present in 1984, but no individuals were found in a 1996 census. Predators of Lake Manyara National Park include lionleopardAfrican wild catspotted hyenablack-backed jackalbat-eared foxservalhoney badgerAfrican civet, genet (Genetta) species and several mongoose species. Cheetah and African golden cat are sighted occasionally.


Lake Manyara is the type locality for the endangered fish Oreochromis amphimelas, a species of in the cichlid family. It is endemic to Tanzania, and also lives in a few more saline lakes with closed basins. Exploitation is prohibited in the parts of Lake Manyara within the National Park and the protected park areas provide important seed stock for the replenishment of fished populations.


Over 180 species of butterflies have been documented in the park.


Escarpment Luxury Lodge

Kirurumu Tented Lodge

Migungu Tente Lodge


In only 1 hour and 30 minutes, you are able to reach Lake Manyara National Park by road from Arusha and in less than an hour still, if you are coming from the Ngorongoro crater. Bits of the northern part of the park gets very busy more so in the afternoon