Must See Lake Manyara

Lake Manyara is located in the Manyara region of Tanzania in the middle of Lake Manyara National Park that covers roughly 330 square kilometres. This park is a lovely scenic park on the road from Arusha to the Ngorongoro Crater, with the lake taking a big part of the park. Lake Manyara is a pretty shallow lake and became prominent since Ernest Hemingway called it the loveliest lake in Afrika.

The park is famous for being the home to impalas, zebras, wildebeest, buffalos, giraffes, hippos and warthogs but also for the tree-climbing lions that can be found here. Why these lions climb trees is yet unknown.


The groundwater forests are populated by mahogany and fig trees that get their nourishment from underground springs filled from the nearby crater highlands above the lake.


The planes around the lake are wide and juicy green at least towards the crater and this view down from the road up to the Ngorongoro Crater shows the vast amount of all different kind of animals living around the lake.


Lake Manyara Nationalpark covers over 300 migration bird species from flamingos to grey-headed kingfisher as well as long-crested eagles that all sums up to be a perfect paradise for birders.


One of the nicest camps in that area is the Maramboi Tented Camp that offers permanent camp facilities. There are a total of 32 standard tents, 8 suites and even 2 units with interconnected rooms available – and you find all of that in a tented camp! The tents are spacious and luxurious and are built on wooden decks offering 24 hours 220V electric lightning that is very important for photographers and videographers in order to charge their camera and computer batteries.


At the centre of the camp are a restaurant, a bar and a swimming pool and you can even find a library and lounge. From the restaurant you can enjoy an almost crazy view towards the lake with the pool in the foreground and all kind of animals between the pool, some watering places and the lake in the background. Can you imagine what great experience sundowners or pre-dinner nibbles can be sitting around the fireplace in the middle of all this paradise.


Sitting at the bar or the restaurant and enjoying this peaceful view is really some of the coolest experiences I had in my life.


The outstanding location of this camp is a guarantee to see plenty of wildlife and even migrating herds of wildebeest followed by predators. Zebras were as close as a few meters away and absolutely not shy.


We took the chance for a nature walk from the camp towards the lake. This was a breath taking adventure as the zebras, wildebeest or antelopes that were around were only a few meters away. The animals were very calm and they actually opened up room for us as we walked by slowly, they were by no means shy. There are endless stunning photography and videography opportunities.



Lake Manyara as well as the Maramboi Tented Camp are definitely worth a visit, especially if you prefer to stay in a camp as close to nature as you can in such a beatiful place.

Learn more about safari tours including Lake Manyara on our African Safari Tours page with a variety of sample tours.

Peter Tomsu for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa

Peter’s African Safari Travel Diary

Today was already our 4th day in a row on travel adventure and safari through the beautiful Tanzania. How fast time runs is hard to tell and as we had so many impressions throughout our travel time was flying even faster. After a delicious breakfast at the Arusha Coffee Lodge we were leaving around 10:00am with our new guide Semle.



Our first destination was the Maramboi Tented Camp at lake Manyara for site inspection. But the road is the destination, as we could get already gorgeous impressions during our drive through the Masai land.


Arriving at Maramboi we immediately went out for photographing and filming the beautiful and picturesque surroundings of the camp where one could see zebras, antelopes and wildebeest strolling between the pool and lake Manyara – you have to see this in reality in order to fully understand this beauty.


After a delicious lunch we went out to the planes ourselves to get even a closer view of all the animals, a paradise for photographers and filmmakers.


We were walking literally in the mid of all these animals, totally in harmony at least as was our impression – not so sure if all the animals felt exactly the same.



Needless to say we were all more than satisfied with all the photo opportunities we got presented in such a short time. After a selfi we went back on our vehicle again to head to Tarangire National Park that is just opposite to the Maramboi Camp.


Wildlife is also stunning here and we were able to see warthogs, the usual suspects as wildebeest and antelopes, but also ostriches. The ostrich is one of the large flightless birds native to Africa and males can reach a heigth of 2.8m and achieve maximum running speeds of up to 70km/h.



The absolute highlight were elephants, especially two males crossing the horizon that allowed for great photographs and videos.


Now it was time to drive up to the Ngorongoro highlands as we anted to get to the viewing point for Lake Manyara in time before sunset. Semle worked hard behind his steering wheel to bring the truck to breath taking speeds, but finally we made it in time for a wonderful sunset view over Lake Manyara.


We could even see the animals grazing down in the juicy green banks of the lake, especially flamingos showing in a beautiful pink even far away.


Now the sun started to disappear behind the Ngorongora crater rim and we headed to our final destination of today, the beautiful Manor Ngorongoro in the Ngorongoro Highlands. This is a rebuilt coffee planation pretty high up in the mountains and the climate was so totally different from where we came today, cool, humid and simply what you are looking for after such a day.


Yes this place is really as gorgeous as the pictures show and as a great end of our photography day we had the chance to shoot a stunning rising moon.


Our dinner was nothing short of being spectacular, for sure this was also because of the colonial style surrounding of this place that made us feel transferred back some 100 years in time – the best that could happen as the end of that day.

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Peter Tomsu for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa