Lake Manyara Hippo Pool

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Altitude: 960 m.a.m.s.l.

A wide stretch of the Simba river river delta, on the northern shores of lake Manyara, that is home to a large number of hippos. It is also surrounded by marshland that is frequented by a large number of animals and birds.

What to do there?See different kinds of animals from a distance at the lake Manyara hippo pool viewpoint, or from your vehicle - on the way in, including hippos, elephants, bufalo, zebra. Occasionally, this area and the lake south of it is home to flocks of flamingo, and the viewpoint provides great views of the rift valley wall and the lake.

Other activities include game drives in the area nearby - both during the day and night along with bird watching. For a list of other places to see in the national park, please see our attractions page.

Best time to visit?Any time of the year, as the roads that lead up to it can be used during the rain.

Location of Lake Manyara Hippo Pool The hippo pool is located on the northern shores of lake Manyara, about a 10 minute drive south east of the park's main gate. For more information on this location, please see the map below.

How to get there?By driving from lake Manyara's northern gate, which can easily be reached by bus, vehicle or air - though a vehicle is required for entry into the park, which if lucky can be found in Mto wa Mbu.

For arrival by air, lake Manyara airstrip is situated about a 10 minute drive from here, and there are passenger buses that go through the area from most regions of the country.

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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