Msasa picnic site

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

A large open field located near the north eastern shores of lake Manyara national park. It serves as one of few points inside the park where visitors are allowed to leave their cars, with facilities such as washrooms with running water.

Its unique location provides amazing views of the lake, the river and its gorge to the south as well as the rift valley wall to the north west — beyond which lies ngorongoro crater.

What to do there?Picnics or lunch at the park benches there, with the area nearby being available for exploration on foot. Or just enjoy the views of the lake and the rift valley walls.

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 Msasa picnic siteMsasa picnic site is located on the slopes of the rift valley walls and in east Africa, a point that makes it a good vantage point for viewing lake Manyara. It also sits near the north eastern border of lake Manyara national park.

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

How to get there?By air or road, with the first using the lake Manyara airstrip that sits just outside the park boundaries. Though you would still need to arrange for transportation from there.

Alternatively, you could use a private, rental or tours vehicle, with most opting to drive in from nearby towns such as Mto wa Mbu and even cities such as Arusha. There is no preference as to the vehicle type, whether 4x4's or otherwise.

For more information on park fees and tariffs, please see the TANAPA webiste.

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