Established in 1960, the name Manyara was derived from the Maasai word, “Emanyara” which comes from a type of plant (Finger Euphorbia) which is used to make protective hedges for livestock and households within the Maasai community.
Lake Manyara (200 sq.km) in the middle of the park is an alkaline lake that is coupled with wondrous hot water springs that pierce through molten rock to bring out water at boiling temperatures due to the volcanic activity in these magnificent lands.
“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living- Mary Ritter Beard.
Area: 330 Km2 (127.4 sq mi).
Location: Northern Tanzania.
Temperature: 14°C (57.2°F) to 24°C (75.2°F).
Nestled on the Great Rift Valley.
Together with fresh water springs that usher water into the park, this beautiful protected area is a magnet for both resident and migratory birds that come to the park(127.4 square miles) to forage and breed. Not only that, many water friendly animals like hippos and water bucks, elephants etc, find this place to be a fruitful habitat. More than 400 bird species are known to occur in the Park.
The Manyara is located with in the Great rift valley that stretches almost 6,000 kilometers from Lebanon to Mozambique. View magnificent geological structures and physical features that are bound to baffle you such as the rift valley wall, artistic natural rock placements and to crown it all, antelopes, tree climbing lions, giraffes, buffalos and huge African elephants.
Visit the new Tree-top 18 meter high boardwalk that allows you to view the forest from high up on the tree canopies on a suspended boardwalk.
The Manyara has so many beautiful attractions. The alkaline lake itself displays the ancient vulcanicity in this place. Explore the ground water forest just after the entrance gate. Encounter more attractions like the Maji moto hot water springs, the tree climbing lions, the rift valley wall and thousands of birds migrating from all over the world.
Times and seasons.
The short dry season from January to February is good for seeing wildlife and different bird species near the hippo pool on the flood plain. From March to May the long rainy season bring cold temperatures (7°C) with heavy downpours & muddy roads. The flood plain receives a lot of water which causes large water pools that make game drives a bit tedious. From June to October, the long dry season is marked by clear skies, good game views & high game visibility as animals cluster near water sources. Wildlife can easily be found on the crater rim & highlands. November and December usher in the short rainy season. This is the holiday season & the roads are accessible since there is interchanging moderate rainfalls & sunshine, that allows good game viewing with scenic lush green environment.