About two-thirds of the park is covered by the alkaline lake.
Mto Wa Mbu (Mosquito Creek) is a popular base for visiting the park. The village runs its own Cultural Tourism Program here that offers village walks, short bicycle tours and boating trips on the lake. Ask at Holiday Fog Resort or the Jambo campsite.
Leopards, lions, elephants, blue monkeys, dik-dik, gazelle, hippo, giraffe, impala, and more inhabit the park and many can be seen throughout the year. There is a hippo pond at one end of the park where visitors can get out of their cars and observe from a safe distance. The leopards and lions are both known to lounge in the trees while not hunting for prey.
Lake Manyara National Park is located 126 km (78 mi) south west of Arusha and can be reached by car in an hour and a half. The park can also be reached easily from Babati the capital of Manyara Region. The park is also very close to Tarangire National Park There is also an airport, Lake Manyara Airport (LKY), located at the top of the rift wall.