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A wildlife and plant life gem, Lake Manyara National park is definitely one of Tanzania’s most attractive natural sanctuaries. For anyone who gets to visit this iconic sanctuary, you are assured of three things, pure nourishment, consolation and inspiration for the soul, heart and mind. Having being incepted as a sport hunting block back in the 1920’s, the park was sanctified a national park status in 1974 and has since been refuge to a flourishing bird life within its underground water forest with dense wealth of plant life and a thriving concentration of wild animals.

Lake Manyara is a geoengineered natural feature that sits a couple of miles off the escarpment of the Ngorongoro highlands which has no outflow but is fed by underground springs and several permanent streams that drain from the highlands.  The alkaline lake’s depth and surface area is highly dependent on the prevailing weather patterns with an average depth of 0.81 meters with the lake completely drying up over the dry season and contrarily being at maximum depth of 1.18 meters over the wettest months. Bordering the lake extensive marshlands, saline flats and a grassy floodplain.

At the entrance of the park there is a prevalent tall forest, sustained by groundwater, dominated by evergreen fig and mahogany trees. To the west of the park, steeply rises the Great rift valley wall towering to heights of upto 1,829 meters above the floor dominated by scattered baobab trees among other woodland vegetation.

To the north of the park is a hippo pool. There are also 3 hot water springs that are formed by underground water that passes through hot volcanic magma rocks of the great rift valley

The remarkable transformation of wildlife and plant life as you meander through the park is a marvel that you will hark back to you long after your visit to this serene paradise. As you enter the park, you are immediately canopied by thick forest vegetation with distant resonance of rustling leaves as the huge dominant mahogany and fig trees break wind, scampering away blue monkeys as cheerful birds chirp and chime high above, huge troops of baboons make their way around the forest floor and dainty bushbuck and dik-dik tread warily through the shadows among other illusive wild animals pushing through the thick vegetation.

Push on a bit further and open up to a grassy floodplain with expansive views eastward, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai Steppes where you will be graced with views of herds of buffaloes, zebras, gazelles and resident wildebeests. Just as you start getting used to the views, the monotony is broken by a narrow belt of acacia woodland. These woodlands cradle a rare adaptation that the park is most famous for, the legendary tree-climbing lions. Alongside the towering giraffes, herds of impressively tusked African elephants also find domicile in these lands as squadrons of banded mongoose make home below these land giants.

Further on to the Manyara escarpment the heated volcanic grounds underneath stream out heated water that steams and bubbles adjacent to the lakeshore.  Up the escarpment wall, clinging onto the rocks, are pairs of klipspringers looking down into the pink colored shallow lake with a mirror reflection of pelicans soaring above the greater and lesser flamingoes wading through her waters in search of small crustaceans and plankton underneath

The park is characterized by two rainy seasons; November – December and March – May with the wettest month being April. The driest months are July, August and September. The warmest months are January, February and March, averaging 30 °C with the coolest months being June and July, averaging 25 °C. The adjacent highlands tend to be cooler with more rainfall.

Accommodations in Lake Manyara offer one of the best safari experiences.  They range from the top-shelf lodges, ornate tented camps, intermediate-range bungalows and chalets to inexpensive safari camps all in natural green surroundings. Most of these properties factor in key components such as location, service quality, security and safety, comfort and wellness treatments among other personalized services to make certain of guests’ congeniality throughout their stay

  • Lake Manyara forest Canopy Walk
  • Birding
  • Day and Night game drives
  • Cultural visits to the local ethnic group bomas
  • Tuktuk ride
  • Quad biking
  • Cycling
  • Nature walks


Lake Manyara National Park is 130 kilometres / 80 miles from Arusha and 60 Kilometres / 106 miles from Ngorongoro

By Road:

  • Transfer time to / from Arusha: 2 hours (approx.)
  • Transfer time to / from Ngorongoro: 1 hour (approx.)
  • Transfer time to / from Manyara airstrip: 2 hours & 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Transfer time to / from Kilimanjaro Airport: 4 hours 15 minutes (approx.)

By Air:

  • Flight time from / to Arusha Airport to / from Manyara airstrip: 25 minutes

COVID – 19: Nisimulie Africa SOP’s

In light of the world opening up slowly amidst the current pandemic, we have been preparing to welcome tourists back to Tanzania by making changes to the way we provide our services. New SOPs are in place for every touch point and guest experience that characterizes your stay with us as your esteemed hosts. Our SOPs will be updated in line with the Government of Tanzania’s instructions to the tourism and hospitality industry. Our priority is to ensure that we provide the safest possible environment for our guests while providing top-notch safari experiences.


Standard Operating Procedures

1.     To keep social distancing, safari vehicles with 6-window seats will be redesigned to take only 4 people in the passenger cabin. Safari vehicles with 6-window seats will still be available for families wishing to travel together in one vehicle

2.   The driver-guide will be at hand to oversee guests observe the recommended physical distancing at park entry gates, museums, picnic sites, and while checking in at accommodation facilities.

3.   City transfer and safari vehicles will be regularly disinfected before picking up clients, especially the high-touch surfaces and seats

4.   Sanitizers (anti-microbial agents) will be provided in the vehicle for guests' use

5.   The driver-guide will take necessary personal protection precautions at all times. Guests are encouraged to come with their own masks; packaged masks will be available at an extra cost.

6.   Health condition of driver-guides will be monitored for not less than a week before being assigned to take clients on safari, including measuring body oxygen level (recommended 95% and above) and body temperature not exceeding 37.5 degrees centigrade.

7.   There will be three health centers dedicated to COVID-19 rapid response and support network; one center will be in Arusha town (Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre), one in Karatu near Ngorongoro, and the third in central Serengeti at Seronera. Ambulances will be on standby.

8.   For clients needing more medical attention, Nisimulie Africa Tours and Travel will arrange evacuation by Flying Doctors. The Flying Doctors package covers evacuation to a hospital in Nairobi. We can also arrange evacuation to Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam, a fine facility with high rate of recovery for COVID-19 patients. The evacuation to Dar es Salaam will involve some extra charges to be met by the patient. Clients are required to have medical insurance to cover hospitalization expenses. 

9.   The welcome briefing to guests will include details of our safety and hygiene measures in place and what is required of guests during their stay (including the use of masks and gloves and keeping safe distances from other guests).

10. Not limiting these procedures to ourselves, we work with other third-party suppliers who ensure and adhere to the set international standards of travel as defined by the Ministry of Tourism and WHO.


Game drives 

·      A maximum of four people will be permitted per vehicle with the exception of groups that   are travelling together.

·      Guides will wear face masks and gloves on arrival at the airstrip, when in the main area of the airstrip and when handling guests’ luggage.

·      Guests must also wear facemasks at the airstrip; however, this is optional while on the game drive.

·      Once the group has left the airstrip, the guide will remove the face mask and gloves to speak with guests, as the safety risk is greatly reduced outside of the airstrip.

·      Game drives will take place in safari vehicles, as usual, which will be disinfected after each game drive.

·      Hand sanitizer will be available for guests and guides and is to be used on arrival at the airstrip, on boarding the vehicle and throughout the game drive.

·      Guests are asked to sensibly practice social distancing throughout the game drive and if meals are served.


Communal Areas:

·      Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the camps and soap and individual hand towels will always be available in public bathrooms.

·      At the Bar: The barmen will wear facemask and gloves to handle drinks and snacks and serve on a tray. 

·      A staff member is assigned to regular sanitization duties of surfaces (including door handles, metallic surfaces, counters, etc).

·      Social distancing rules apply, and seating will be arranged to ensure at least one-meter distance between guests.

·      Dining:  All surfaces will be disinfected after each meal.

·      Pool water (where available) will be monitored to maintain a chlorine level between 1 to 3 parts per million and a pH level between 6.8 and 7.4 in order to provide a virus free experience.

·      In sitting areas and on sofas:

·      Guests will be encouraged to practice social distancing.

·      Around campfire: guests will be encouraged to practice social distancing.

·      Disposable towels and bins will be placed in strategic areas.

·      In harmony with our vision, our team has had a lot of fun working hard together to put our SOPs in place to ensure the safety of our guests. We are now ready to warmly welcome our guests back to Tanzania.


“Nature took a rest from the usual and is now more exquisite”

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