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.

A few notes on the night drive park fees
  • $45 for the normal park fee. This is a 24-hour permit and can obviously also be used to gain access to the park in day time.
  • $50 fee for the night drive. Both these fees should be paid to the National Park gate before 18:00. The guests should have the permit when arriving for the night drive and should present this to the park rangers upon entrance to the National Park.
  • Dinner: We do not provide dinner during the drive. Guests should either have an early dinner at the lodge they overnight or arrange to bring a dinner box with them on the drive.
Night game drive rates based on the group size
  • 2 guests - $85 per person
  • 3 guests - $80 per person
  • 4 guests - $70 per person
  • 5 guests - $65 per person
  • 6 and more - $60 per person

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