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Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park offers varied ecosystems, incredible bird life, and breathtaking views. Located on the way to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, Lake Manyara National Park is well worth a stop in its own right. Its ground water forests, bush plains, baobob strewn cliffs, and algae-streaked hot springs offer incredible ecological variety in a small area, rich in wildlife and incredible numbers of birds.

Located beneath the cliffs of the Manyara Escarpment, on the edge of the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park offers varied ecosystems, incredible bird life, and breathtaking views. Located on the way to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, Lake Manyara National Park is well worth a stop in its own right. Its ground water forests, bush plains, baobob strewn cliffs, and algae-streaked hot springs offer incredible ecological variety in a small area, rich in wildlife and incredible numbers of birds.

The alkaline soda of Lake Manyara is home to an incredible array of bird life that thrives on its brackish waters. Pink flamingo stoop and graze by the thousands, colourful specks against the grey minerals of the lake shore. Yellow-billed storks swoop and corkscrew on thermal winds rising up from the escarpment, and herons flap their wings against the sun-drenched sky. Even reluctant bird-watchers will find something to watch and marvel at within the national park.

Lake Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions are another reason to pay this park a visit. The only kind of their species in the world, they make the ancient mahogany and elegant acacias their home during the rainy season, and are a well-known but rather rare feature of the northern park. In addition to the lions, the national park is also home to the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world — a fact that makes for interesting game viewing of large families of the primates.

You Will See

Buffalo

Buffalo

100%
Giraffe

Giraffe

80%
Lion

Lion

80%

Fox

30%
Wildebeest

Wildebeest

100%
Elephant

Elephant

100%
Zebra

Zebra

100%
Leopard

Leopard

80%
Hippo

Hippo

90%
White Rhino

Rhino

15%

When to go

Wildlife concentration is generally good throughout the year. But in between

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Wildlife concentration is generally good throughout the year. But in between the months of late June through October which is the dry season is considered the best time to visit Lake Manyara National Park.

But the wet season from the months of November to May don’t disappoint either when the park becomes very scenic and the lake extends beyond its frontier.

Art & Culture

One of the smaller parks on the itinerary but with striking vistas Lake Manyara

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One of the smaller parks on the itinerary but with striking vistas Lake Manyara has been a favourite for its alkaline lake embellished with the clouding pink flamingos and the tree climbing lions. There canoeing and bird watching still to grab your attention. But no far from the park is the village of Mto Wa Mbu. Bustling with cultural diversity the village offers an opportunity to experience firsthand the unique customs and lifestyles of a diverse set of tribes inhabiting the region. Being an agricultural hub you can learn from the farmers the farming practices and irrigation system that sustain the crops. Take a walk to the market and examine the arts, paintings and wooden carvings of the famous Makonde tribe

Culinary

As a host to an entire gamut of tribes, the culinary spread is naturally flavoured

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As a host to an entire gamut of tribes, the culinary spread is naturally flavoured and enriched with the exotic cuisines and delicacies. To begin with, you have the staple ugali, made of cassava or maize flour and served with a small amount of meat or a savory sauce or sukuma wiki.Mishikaki (marinated, grilled meat kebabs) and nyama choma(grilled barbeque meat) to savour. If in the mood for snacks try for banana fritters at the ‘Mama lishe’ roadside stalls where the where the local 'mama' dishes out tasty snacks. Else enjoy a delicious, home-cooked meal in a local Mom’s home or try to roast goat meat with the Masaai in the traditional way. And when done don’t forget to wash your food down with banana and sprouted red millet beer, the specialty of the Chaka people rich in vitamins and probiotics

How to go

Getting to this park is fairly simple and easy, but as mentioned, few tourists

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Getting to this park is fairly simple and easy, but as mentioned, few tourists come into this park when compared with its northern circuit siblings. You can reach here either by car or by airplane.

Roadways:

It is located 128 kilometers from the city of Arusha and a 2-3 hours drive along a newly-constructed tarred road will get you to the park.

Airways:

The best way to get into this park, if you’re coming from outside of Tanzania, is fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport or Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar and take a shuttle bus or private taxi. Charter flights are also an option.

Activites

There are a number of activities tourists can take part in in this 325 sq km

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There are a number of activities tourists can take part in in this 325 sq km national park. Some of them are:

  • Regular Game Drives (both day and night)
  • Camping
  • Walking safaris
  • Bird watching
  • Canoeing
  • Treetop walkway
  • Cultural tours

What to see?

The shallow lake of Manyara is the main highlight of this park which covers

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The shallow lake of Manyara is the main highlight of this park which covers two-third of the park’s territory. Lake Manyara National Park is known for its diverse birdlife - more than 400 species. Notable birds include flamingos, little bee-eater, Martial eagle, glossy ibis, black heron, baglafecht weaver, African hawk-eagle.

Wildlife of this park includes elephants, dik-diks, klipspringer, wildebeest, warthog, Cape buffaloes, zebras, giraffes etc.

The Uniqueness of Lake Manyara National Park

  • Lake Manyara itself covers an area of 230km sq. of the 329 Km sq. of the park.
  • You can tree climbing lions, elephant herds and baboons can be seen here.
  • Lake Manyara has the largest population of baboon on the planet.
  • It is home to over 400 species of bird including pink-hued flamingos.
  • Maji Moto are hot springs located within the park that has an average temperature of 60 degrees celcius.

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