Overview

Lake Manyara National Park stretches along the great East Africa Rift Valley escarpment; and it is the compact game-viewing circuit offerings a virtual small-scale version of the Tanzanian safari experience; including varied ecosystems, breathtaking views, and birdlife.

Lake Manyara National Park is located on the way to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti; it is the best stopover before or after Serengeti and Ngorongoro safaris. Having the ground water forests, algae-streaked hot springs, baobab strewn cliffs, bush plains, make it rich in wildlife and incredible numbers of birds.

Wildlife

The park is famous for hosting the largest concentration primates particularly the baboons elsewhere in the world. Expect to encounter a large number of primates’ family during the game drive. The primates’ behavior resemblance to the humankind is very interesting.

Then there are the famous tree-climbing lions; one of the kinds specified in the world, though rarely spotted, they make the ancient mahogany and elegant acacias their home during the rainy season; when they are avoiding dewdrops in the thick forests where they normally hide during the dry seasons.

Birding

Lake Manyara is an alkaline soda lake which makes it the home to an incredible collection of bird life; that thrives on the brackish waters. Pink flamingos, yellow-billed storks, and corkscrew herons, and so many other bird species. Even unwilling bird-watchers will find something to watch and wonder within this national park.

Manyara offers a perfect overview of Tanzania’s birdlife. Above 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlight include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their everlasting migration, and other large water birds such as cormorants, pelicans, and storks. 

Facts

  • The compact game-viewing circuit
  • Famed for legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked animals
  • Perfect introduction of Tanzania’s bird life
  • The home of Alkaline lake Manyara Which hosts tens of thousands of flamingos

What to do

  • Game drives
  • Canoeing when the water level is sufficiently high
  • Cultural tours outside the park
  • Day trips

Best time

All year round but dry season (June-September) for sheer numbers of animals, wet season (Nov-Jun) for bird watching, waterfalls, and canoeing.

Getting there

By road it is about two hours’ drive from Arusha town, alternatively, you can take a flight from Arusha, en route to Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

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