Safari Attractions at Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania
Lake Manyara National Parkcovers over three hundred kilometres of forest, arid land and a soda ash lake. The lake grows in size during the wet rainy season and shrinks later on during dry seasons. This lake is shallow and is part of the Manyara-Natron-Balangidabranch in Manyara Regionof the East African Riftin Tanzania.
Ernest Hemingway had once called this lake the loveliest place in Africa. The park is home to an assortment of wildlife and landscapes. The place has become famous for those tree-climbing lions, its flamingoes and the soda ash lake which offers breathtaking scenery.
Location of Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara National Park is located in the Manyaraand Arusha regions of Tanzania. These administrative regions, however, have no jurisdiction over this park. It is actually governed by Tanzania National Parks Authority. Majority of the area covered by this park involves a narrow strip that runs between Lake Manyaraand the Gregory Riftwall to its west and the alkaline soda lake to its east. The location is about one hundred and twenty five kilometres, south west of your apartment in Arusha. It is about an hour and a half away from Arusha by road. It could also be reached from Babati which is the capital of Manyara Region. The park is also situated in close proximity to the Tarangire National Park. The closest airstrip to the park is the Lake Manyara Airport.
Wildlife that can be seen at Lake Manyara National Park
The Lake Manyara National Parkis famous for the wildlife it offers, particularly for the flamingos that populate the lake. During the rainy season, they like to inhabit the lake’s edges and you will come across flocks of hundreds of them. Apart from flamingos, tourists and visitors to this park will come across more than four hundred diverse species of various birds which live in the park and most of them remain here, round the year. For this reason, Lake Manyara has become a popular spot for bird watchers.
Those taking a safari to this park will also be able to see lions, elephants, leopards, wildebeest, cheetahs, waterbucks, dik-diks, warthogs, blue monkeys, Masai giraffes, gazelles, impala, baboons, hippopotami and zebras.
These wild animals inhabit the park and visitors can expect to see many hippos at the hippo pond which is located at one corner of the park. In this park, the lions and leopards are famous for lounging in the trees when they are not hunting for their prey. Klipspringers can also be found along the escarpment ramps. The baboons found here are considered to be the largest in size in Africa and visitors are bound to see huge herds of them during any visit.
Safaris can be arranged from Arusha. The road safaris will pick tourists and visitors from Arushaand it takes about a couple of hours to arrive at the entrance gate of Lake Manyara National Park. The access road is well surfaced and the inner roads require a four-wheel drive vehicle and good clearance. Tourists also arrange charter flights or use buses when they also want to visit Mto wa Mbu village.
Day trips are available for Lake Manyara National Park. Tourists are picked up from their respective lodges and hotels in Arusha at 7 am. These trips are ideal for viewing the wildlife in this national park and also for availing an opportunity to learn about Tanzanian village life. The varied eco-systems offered in this park give the visitors a great chance to experience both animal and bird life in this sanctuary. Bird life offers a whole riot of colours in this park and the day trips include a trip to Mto wa Mbuvillage. Enjoy the spectacular attractions here on your safari.
The park is small in size as it spans the edges of the Rift Valleybut it is worth it for its giant and energetic baboons and lions that love climbing on trees. Visitors love to wander through the stunning landscapes on offer in this park in their search for wildlife on its plains and also in its acacia woodlands. The flamingos with their pink hue are also one of its biggest attractions and they are one among the four hundred species of birds that can be spotted here. Among the diverse bird life found here, you can also spot stilts, pelicans, spoonbills, egrets, storks with yellow bills and cormorants.
Safari with professional driver and guide
Safari package rates include a luxury four-wheel SUV with a professional driver and guide. Tourists are also provided lunch with soft drinks and mineral water. The package also includes hotel/lodge pick-up and drop-off, entrance fees for the park and taxes that are imposed by the government of Tanzania.
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