Lake manyara boardwalk

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Altitude: 1000 m.a.m.s.l.

A 325 metre long boardwalk that is built above the swampy Maji moto kubwa hot springs on the western shores of lake Manyara national park. It gives visitors a chance to safely explore the hot springs from above, as well as preserve the unique ecosystem of the area.

A wooden structure with a width of 1.5 m and 1.5 m above the ground, it starts at the lower edges of the rift valley wall and ends up in an observation platform over the lake that is 15 m wide – a jetty of some sort.

What to do there?Spend some time exploring the hot springs up close, the lake or go bird watching. For a list of other things to see in the area, please see our attractions page.

Best time to visit?Any time of the year

Location of Lake manyara boardwalkThe boardwalk is located on lake Manyara's western shores, sandwiched between it and the walls of the rift valley escarpment. It also lies above the swampy Maji moto hot springs
and near the Marang forest reserve.

For more information on this location, please see the map below

How to get there?By driving from the park's main gate at the northern end, a two hour or less journey with views of the lake at more than one point. The gate is near Mto wa Mbu and can be reached by air or by road, with the latter using the lake Manyara airstrip nearby.

There are passenger buses to Mto wa Mbu from as far as Arusha or Mwanza – with the latter going through Serengeti and Ngorongoro; However, you still may need a vehicle to get into the park – with 4x4's being preferred for night game drives.

For more information on park fees and tariffs, please see the TANAPA website. Tariffs for a normal self game drive usually include conservation fees, vehicle fees and possibly camping or accommodation fees.

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