Lake Manyara makes up part of Tanzania’s “northern circuit”, the national park is around 3,000km squared of which almost two thirds is often covered in water. The lake is part of the rift valley and has some really beautiful scenery and as a soda lake is home to the famous flamingoes of east Africa.
We look at two different ways to include Lake Manyara in your itinerary, it either makes an excellent introduction to your safari on the way to Ngorongoro Crater visiting the busier but still scenic north of the park OR spend two nights and explore properly, staying within park. Which you do really does depend on the time you have available and what you are looking to get from your time in Africa.
Personally we prefer to spend our time in more remote areas so tend to lean towards spending less time in Lake Manyara, instead continuing on to other parts of the northern circuit or indeed including western or southern Tanzania if time allows, however, we are happy to discuss all options.