Lake Manyara

3° 23' 12.9'' S and 36° 40' 58.7'' E

This shallow lake in the East African Rift is the home of a diverse set of landscapes and wildlife. Coastal Aviation flies here daily from Kilimanjaro and Arusha going into the Serengeti.

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Lake Manyara Airport

Highlights to explore

Lake Manyara is the seventh-largest lake of Tanzania. It is a shallow‚ alkaline lake in the Natron-Manyara-Balangida branch of the East African Rift in Manyara Region. The name Manyara may come from the Maasai word emanyara‚ which is the spiky‚ protective enclosure around a family homestead (boma).


From Manyara airport is possible to reach the Ngorongoro crater‚ located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in this northern area of Tanzania. The Ngorongoro Crater was formed when a large volcano erupted and collapsed on itself. This explosion created a caldera approximately two and a half million years ago. The crater is home to the “big 5” game (elephant‚ lion‚ leopard‚ buffalo‚ rhino).

Travel Information

1. Lake Manyara is in a closed basin with no outflow. It is fed by underground springs and by several permanent streams and rivers that drain the surrounding Ngorongoro Highlands‚ but the vast majority of the inflow (over 99%) comes from rainfall.

2. The main fish species inhabiting the lake are catfish and tilapia.

3. Lake Manyara National Park is known for flocks of thousands of flamingos that feed along the edge of the lake in the wet season.

4. The Ngorongoro Crater along with two others in the region (Olmoti and Empakai) were enlisted as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. It’s also one of the Sevens Natural Wonders of Africa.