The overview

This article discusses a comfortable three-day safari to Tanzania’s Lake Manyara National Park and Lake Natron. This is the ideal schedule for wildlife and lake relaxation aficionados who want to see some of Tanzania’s most beautiful wildlife, nature, and traditional discoveries. With skilled guides and luxury lodges, you will have a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Book your trip today and allow us to assist you in creating wonderful experiences.

In this expedition, activities include a Maasai boma cultural tour, a community village visit, flamingo walks, lake birdwatching, game drives around Lake Manyara, hominid footprints walk, Ngare Sero waterfalls visit, Ngare Sero and Rift Valley adventure hike, sundowners, and a visit to the natural plunge pool for a cool-off. Climbing Ol Doinyo Lengai, an active volcanic peak, is also a possibility. You will select your preferred activity and we will create an itinerary for you.

Brief information about Lake Manyara national park

Lake Manyara National Park is a protected region in Tanzania’s Arusha and Manyara Regions, situated along the road from Arusha to the renowned Tanzanian northern circuit safari, which encompasses Ngorongoro and Serengeti national parks. The park, which spans 330 km2 and contains around 230 km2 of Lake Surface, is managed by the Tanzania National Parks Authority. The lake is home to over 400 bird species, and since it is on the way to the famous Ngorongoro and Serengeti national parks, Lake Manyara national park is a popular stop for visitors.

Groundwater forests, bush plains, baobab-strewn cliffs, and algae-streaked hot springs are just a few among the park’s ecosystems that offer extraordinary ecological diversity in a small area, as well as a diverse range of species and birds. The park is famous for its tree-climbing lions, as well as gazelles, zebras, buffaloes, and hippos, to name a few larger animals. Aside from mammals, the park is home to a variety of bird species, including woodland birds and water-loving bird species, with flamingos being the most well-known and conspicuous.

The area around Lake Manyara has been used for sport hunting since the beginning of the twentieth century. A wildlife reserve was set up in 1957, and the Tanzanian government declared it as a national park in 1960. Around 550 acres were added to the southern end in 1974.

The majority of the park’s land area is made up of a tiny strip of land that runs between the Gregory Rift wall to the west and Lake Manyara, an alkaline lake, to the east. The national park only encompasses about 200 square kilometers of the lake’s northwest area. It is part of the Lake Manyara Biosphere Reserve, which was established in 1981 as part of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere reserve


  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Park Entrance fees
  • Professional Guides
  • Full board accommodation while on the safari
  • 4 x 4 safari jeep with pop up roof for game viewing
  • Transfers (Arrival and Departure) between International Airport to Arusha
  • Complementary bottle of water daily
  • Government taxes


  • Optional Tours based on Tourist Interest
  • International and domestic flights
  • Other personal expenses including gift shop purchases, laundry, phone calls, and beverages.
  • Tips for the guides
  • Travel Insurance, Visa

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park

You will be picked up at the hotel after breakfast in the morning. It takes about three hours to get to Lake Manyara National Park in the East African Rift Valley. When you arrive, you’ll go on a game drive around this park, which is dominated by Lake Manyara and home to a number of water bird colonies. The pink flamingos are beautiful, but many other bird species can also be seen here, including cormorants, pelicans, and storks. The park is home to around 400 distinct bird species. The park’s famous tree-climbing lions are commonly seen in the park’s central, open region.

During the game drive, you can expect to see elephants, zebras, giraffes, buffaloes, hippos, and a variety of other animals. Spend the rest of the day relaxing on the lake’s shores. Dinner and an overnight stay at the lodge.

Meal plan: All meals are included

Day 2: Transfer to Lake Natron for walking safari

After breakfast, you will depart for Lake Natron. Pass via Mto wa Mbu village and the East African Rift Valley, as well as the challenging slopes. The road takes you past Maasai settlements and the Maasai holy peak, Ol Doinyo Lengai.

Upon arrival, you will go on a guided walking safari to explore Lake Natron, which is home to a stunning variety of birds, particularly over 2.5 million miniature flamingos. You will see a range of bird species here because the lake acts as a regular breeding place for them. The water is highly saline and serves as the foundation for unicellular algae and bacteria, which are responsible for the lake’s striking red-brown to purple-violet hue. The area surrounding Lake Natron is one of Africa’s most beautiful and unspoiled areas. You will climb to the lake and then visit the neighboring waterfalls, a beautiful sanctuary with amazing swimming waters. The rest of the day you enjoy strolling around the lake to discover other interesting creatures around. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Meal plan: All meals are included

Day 3: Masaai village tour and drive back to Arusha

After breakfast, traverse the Masaai settlements around Lake Natron to meet the Maasai people, who are known for their lively culture and traditional way of life. Interacting with the Maasai gives you a unique perspective on their rituals, traditions, and daily activities.

As you walk across the region, you will come across Maasai settlements and may even get the opportunity to visit their Bomas, or traditional villages. You can converse with the tribesmen with the help of your professional guide, learning about their ancient heritage and profound connection to the land.

Meeting the Maasai around Lake Natron is frequently seen as a more authentic experience than other tourist-oriented excursions. The Maasai in this region have mostly avoided commercialization by maintaining their traditional way of life and cultural customs. In the afternoon, you will be driven back to Arusha and dropped off at your accommodation, putting this safari to a close.

Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch