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Birding in Lake Manyara National Park

Birds of Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara national park offers a great introduction to the fascinating birdlife of Tanzania. Over 400 bird species have been documented in the park. Also for a tourist visiting for the first time to Africa can actually expect to see about 100 species of birds in just a single day. Some of the highlight species include: thousands of pink colored flamingos during their continuous migration, together with other big birds associated with water such as the: storks, pelicans plus cormorants. From the start of November to the finish of April you will be able to see numerous Migratory birds.
Notable birds

Black heron

The Common Little bee-eater

The Common Martial eagle

The Common Silvery-cheeked hornbill

Glossy ibis, and the

Baglafecht weaver

Some of the specials

Abdim’s stork

African fish eagle

African grey hornbill

African jacana

African spoonbill

Baglafecht weaver

Great white pelican

Greater flamingo

Grey crowned crane



Knob-billed goose

Lesser flamingo

Little stint

Pied avocet

Pied kingfisher

Pink-backed pelican

Sacred ibis

Saddle-billed stork

Silvery-cheeked hornbill

Southern ground hornbill

Spur-winged goose

Von der Decken’s hornbill

Yellow-billed stork

Best time for watching birds
Although bird watching is great all year round, the finest time for watching birds inside lake Manyara is from the beginning of November to the end of April, as you will be able to see various migrant species coming from Europe as well as the Northern part of Africa. Also during this time the resident species begin nesting therefore it is really easy to see the birds while in breeding plumage. For game viewing, we recommend that you visit during the dry season (starting in June, July, August, September and October.


Best parks for birding

All the renowned safari parks provide amazing opportunities for watching birds and also  specials may easily be seen almost everywhere you go. Arusha National Park which is usually overlooked offers a wonderful variety of habitats and prides in an overwhelming list of approximately 400 species living within its small area. Also Lake Manyara presents a great diversity of water associated bird species.

How to Get to Lake Manayara

Lake Manyara National Park can be reached by road all year round, and it is usually about three hours drive from Arusha town. However in case you take a charter flight or a scheduled flight from the northern tourist capital of Arusha, along the way to the renowned Ngorongoro Crater and the large Serengeti plains.

What to do in Lake Manayara

take part in the thrilling game drives, forest walks, canoeing adventures particularly if the water levels are sufficient, Cultural tours, night-time game drives, mountain bike tours, abseiling, picnicking, bush lunches and dinners

The best time to visit Lake Manayara

During the dry season which starts in July to October is the most excellent time for viewing the bigger mammals; however the wet spell which begins in November up to June is the best time to watch bird, have canoeing trips and also marvel at the breathtaking waterfalls.


There is a range of accommodation facilities in and around the park the offer luxury tree house fashioned camps, public bandas plus campsites in addition to guesthouses.
Lake Manyara Safari

Getting To Lake Manyara

When To Visit Manyara

Birding in Manyara