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Tree Climbing Lions

The lions in the Lake Manyara National Park, in Tanzania, are known as "tree-climbing lions"; they usually spend the days on the branches of the trees, while they descend on the ground at sunset.

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Experience nature like never before!

Manyara Treetop Walkway takes you on a sky-high adventure through the beautiful forest of Lake Manyara. Walk among the treetops and experience untouched nature and wildlife from a unique perspective.

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Birds Watching in Manyara

Lake Manyara National Park has over 300 bird species including Eurasian migrant birds, acacia associated birds, raptors, and 3 endangered Tanzanian species.

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Night Game Drives

Night drives at Lake Manyara National Part are particularly spectacular, with the moon reflecting off the lake.

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Home to the Tree Climbing Lions


Welcome to Lake Manyara National Park well known for the tree climbing lions, the soda ash lake that attracts thousands and pink flamingos, one of Tanzania’s biggest elephant population and breathtaking scenery! This travel guide offers you the most updated information about the attractions, Lake Manyara accommodation, getting there and so much more. Enjoy your safari in Tanzania!

Lake Manyara has a big number of elephants, so many giraffes; zebras, wildebeests, impalas, waterbucks, and warthogs, the less-known shy Kik’s dik dik as well as the Klipspringer that dwell along the ramps of the escarpment. Leopards are hosted within the scattered forests and escarpment, while the healthy population of lions that are widely known for their unique tree climbing capability.

One would wonder, are there tree climbing lions in Lake Manyara National Park? Well, there is a thriving population of unique lions in the park which have the capability to climb tree; being nocturnal animals the animals spend most of their day resting up in the big fig trees and at sunset they descend when the temperatures are cooler. 

With a Bird list of more than 350 species and an alkaline within the park’s boundaries, Lake Manyara National Park is without a doubt one of the best places to visit on a Tanzania Birding Safari. Large flocks of pelicans and pink flamingos are usually spotted in the middle of the lake. While the spoonbills, egrets, herons, stalks and other waders converge around the edges and water meadows. Other habitats such as the evergreen forests and other woodlands serve as a safe haven to many other species like the crowned eagles, created guinea fowl, and the noisy silvery cheeked hornbills.


  • Tree-climbing lions, good elephant sightings and many baboons
  • Incredible birdlife, including over 300 migratory bird species including flamingo and long-crested eagle
  • Lake Manyara is a beautiful, alkaline lake with the Rift Valley escarpment providing a spectacular backdrop
  • Round-trip drive that includes diverse habitats and animals
  • Night safaris
  • Guided walks, hiking, village trips, abseiling and mountain biking offered just outside the park


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