Babati Lake Activities

Babati district is located along the Arusha-Dodoma Road in the Rift Valley, south of Lake Manyara National Park, and west of Tarangire.
Babati District was established by dividing the then-Hanang District into two districts: Babati and Hanang. The decision produced Babati District, which was officially documented in the Government Official Gazette No. 403 on October 1, 1985. Babati District became autonomous in July 1986 as a district council.

Babati District, Manyara

The capital of the district is Babati town, 172 km (107 mi) south of Arusha.
The district covers an area of 6,069 km2 (2,343 sq mi), a large proportion (640 km2) of which is covered by the water bodies of Lake Babati, Lake Burunge, and Lake Manyara.

The district is bordered to the north by the Arusha Region, to the southeast by Simanjiro District, to the south by the Dodoma Region, to the southwest by Hanang District, and to the northwest by Mbulu District.
Babati Urban District According to the 2012 Tanzania National Census, the
The population of the Babati District was 312,392.
The town boasts Lake Babati, where floating hippos can be seen and which is rich in fish, both tilapia and Nile perch. Here, commercial and farming tribes coexist with conservative cattle-herding tribes to provide a distinguished cultural contrast. In Hanang District, close to the beautiful Mount Hanang (3,418 meters), live the Barbaig people, whose traditional culture is still unchanged and unspoiled.

The women wear traditional goatskin dresses, and the men walk around with spears. Visitors can mix freely with the Barbaig, commonly known as the Mangati, living in the Mangati plains. If you are interested in bird watching, 400 bird species will
welcome you on your walks in the area. Half-day tour: You visit Managhat village, the original home of the Gorowa tribe but now also a home for migrants. You will see dairy farming activities, farming with ox plows, a biogas system, local Gorowa huts, and a Killer Beekeeping Project at the bottom of Mount Kwaraa (2,415 meters).

Lake Babati


Lake Babati is a lake in Tanzania known for its population of hippos. Recent droughts have led to a drop in the number of sightings of hippos, causing concern for local hoteliers. The lake is located near Babati town, in the Babati Urban District of the Manyara Region.


Babati District is located below the Equator between latitudes 3° and 4° South and longitudes 35° and 36° E. The land surface is characterized by several undulating hills and mountains as part of the East African Rift Valley Highlands. Babati District is divided by the Dabil-Dareda escarpment of the Rift Valley, providing diverse climatic and agroecological conditions due to a wide range of altitudes from 950 m to 2450 m. Most of the soils are of volcanic origin and range from sandy loam to clay alluvial soils.

In the lower flat lands, like around Lakes Babati and Manyara, alkaline soils predominate. Five agroecological zones characterize the district.
About 90% of the population of Babati District lives in rural areas and depends on agriculture and livestock for their livelihood. They are mostly small-scale farmers or agro-pastoralists practicing a semi-traditional farming system characterized by low use of farm inputs. Mixed-crop livestock, mostly maize-based systems, are widely found in the district and are intercropped with varying species, such as common beans, pigeon peas, and sunflowers, according to altitude and rainfall availability. In the lowlands, paddy rice is cultivated where irrigation is available. Livestock comprises local breeds of cattle, sheep, goats, chickens, and cows. Cattle are widely used for draught, for example, pulling carts or plowing fields.

Activities at Lake Babati

  • Local canoeing
    The lake provides fishing opportunities using local canoes within the view of floating hippos. The lake, which is 18 km2 long and rich in tilapia, catfish, freshwater prawns, and different species of birds, is estimated to hold over 200 hippos. – Sightseeing tours
  • City parks
  • Lake’s tour
  • Exhibition centers
  • Waterfalls
  • Zoos
  • Rock climbing
  • A visit to development projects like cattle and goat dairy farming,
    piped water projects biogas energy
  • Cycling expeditions through remote areas
  • An exclusive Mount Hanang climb