Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park

Overview

Located on the way to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, Lake Manyara National Park is worth a stop in its own right. Its ground water forests, bush plains, baobab strewn cliffs, and algae-streaked hot springs offer incredible ecological variety in a small area, rich in wildlife and incredible numbers of birds. Stretching for 50km along the base of the rusty-gold 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as the loveliest I had seen in Africa. The compact game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience. From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle-like groundwater forest where hundred-strong baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside, blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient mahogany trees, dainty bush buck tread warily through the shadows, and out sized forest horn bills honk cacophonous in the high canopy. Contrasting with the intimacy of the forest is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Masai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes some so dark in coloration that they appear to be black from a distance. The park incorporates a noteworthy bit of the lake and its shores and furthermore expansive zones of groundwater backwoods with fig and mahogany trees exchanging with acacia forest and open marshlands. The scene is diverse to the point that its warm blooded creature and bird records are probably the greatest in Tanzania. Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large water birds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks.

Getting There

Lake Manyara National Park is 130 km west of Arusha and the drive takes around two and a half hours. You can also take a charter flight to the park's airstrip from Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha Airport. Lake Manyara National Park is in the northern circuit of Tanzania and one of the popular safari spots of the northern circuit. Like most of the northern circuit national park, this national park’s safari journey also starts from Arusha town. The best option to reach Arusha is to fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport which is situated only about 46km/29mi from Arusha.

Best Time To Visit

Lake Manyara National Park-small but dynamic. At the base of the incredible River Valley Escarpment, this beauteous park lies. And with its water forests, you can find the superior change of scenery. When travelers think about Manyara, They ultimately desired for the best experience of abundant wildlife. Thus, you can go with the dry season from the month of June to October. For the muggy climate, wild species gathered near to the water hole. And here you can get the best opportunity to spot diverse wildlife and their thrilled activity together. But if you are a person who wants to observe nature. Then the wet season from the month of November to May will be perfect for you. If you want to spend some memorable time with the loved ones, then you are here to organize the best trip for you.

Uniqueness

Tanzanian glorious land Lake Manyara National Park is simply wonderful. And its majestic landscapes along with the rich vegetation, proffer reason to visit this land once in a lifetime. If you’re adventurous, thrill-seeking and nature fond of a person, this is the haven for you. This region encompasses various mystery of the incredible Salt Lake. And well-known for its migratory bird species more than 500. You can find some scenic beauty wrapped with the early morning golden sunrise. Uniqueness is simply signified Manyara. Stunning Lake Manyara National Park gets fame for the charming Pink Flamingos, yellow-billed storks, herons, and corkscrews. There are also different varieties of trees which include sausage trees, umbrella trees, baobabs, yellow fever trees, and doum palms. Lake Manyara Park is famous for its tree-climbing lions, which tend to sprawl out along the branches of Acacia trees most of the day.

Things to do their

  • Day Game Drives
  • Night Game Drive
  • Forest walks
  • Cultural Tours
  • Mountain Bike Tours
  • Canoeing
  • Abseiling

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