Lake Manyara National Park Main gate

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

The most used entrance point into lake Manyara national park, a compound on its northern border with several park authority buildings.The other entrance is at the southern end but seldom used due to the roads in the area and its distance from civilization.

What to do there?Get your permits or pay for them, but if you already have them - then have them checked in or out. The park uses an electronic system that requires visitors to scan their permits at entry or exit.

The gate is also a good point to get maps, rangers to escort you or other information about the park, with facilities onsite such as washrooms and a cafe. 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 as the roads that lead up to it are tarmac.

Location of Lake Manyara National Park Main gate lake Manyara national park's main gate is located next to the Mto wa Mbu - Ngorongoro highway, and on the park's northern end. The highway actually passes through the park, just a short distance after leaving Mto wa Mbu.

It also sits on the northern end of the groundwater forest. For more information on this location, please see the map below.

How to get there?By air or by road, with the lake Manyara airstrip being a 10 minutes drive away from here - at the top of the rift valley wall.

There also are passenger buses that pass through this highway, some of which pass through Ngorongoro and Serengeti national park. The only caveat is that you still may need a vehicle to get into the park, which can sometimes be found in Mto wa Mbu.

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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