Night Game Drives

Explore wildlife in the bush at night


A night game drive in Lake Manyara National Park is unique to the National Parks in East Africa.

Lake Manyara ecosytem 

Lake Manyara is the ideal location for this activity because of its many ecosystems. It is said to have 11 different systems; the area is a melting pot for all types of animals and plants - with the lake, the rift valley cliffs, ground water forest, Ngorongoro highlands and the dry Tarangire system all close by.

Lake Manyara wildlife

Manyara National Park have good reliable water year round and animals here are in prime condition making wildlife viewing even better. The less seen animals are generally active at night and Lake Manyara National Park are full of them! Porcupines, genets and civet cats are frequent visitors to the forest. Hippos are nocturnal animals (active by night) and it is highly likely to see many of these beasts grazing on the side of the road. Lake Manyara is well known for a large number of Leopards and although it is not a common occurrence these elusive cats are spotted on a regular basis. Lion sightings are more common and where lions are mostly sleeping in day time at night they are almost always active. 

Night game programme

We will meet you at the Lake Manyara National Park gate at 19:30. Here you will be introduced to your guides and be given a brief introduction talk about the 'do's and don'ts' while on a night game drive. Your drive starts around 20:00 from where you head in to the thick ground-water forest of Lake Manyara. From the forest you head down towards the lake following the Simba River to the hippo pools. Your drive will return back through the ground water forest and have you back at the park gate around 22:30. We can either leave you at the gate to be collected by your safari driver or we can take you to the Serena Manyara Lodge for collection.

Bush dinner
We provide a nice bush dinner inside the park while on the drive. So when you are already in the park on a day game drive you don't have to exit the park for dinner anymore and pay park fees again for a night drive. The hot dinners will be a selection of Swahili cuisine prepared in our Swahili Canteen in Mto Wa Mbu. 
Reduced prizes
  • Wayo Night drive: $50 per person
  • Bush dinner: $20 per person

Contact us to incorporate a night drive in your safari or another activity like canoeingwalking or mountain biking.