Lake Manyara National Park
Safari in Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara National Park is one of Tanzania’s smaller and most underrated parks. While it may lack the size and variety of other northern-circuit destinations, its vegetation is diverse and very beautiful. There are 11 ecosystems in all, ranging from savannah to marshland to the only evergreen rainforest in Tanzania. In the forest you can find baboons and other interesting animals where by the lake you can find flamingos (outside the rain season), pelicans and other water birds. Birders absolutely love Lake Manyara National Park because the big lake provides opportunities for observing over 300 migratory birds in fact. Among these are the long-crested eagle, the grey-headed kingfisher and other birds which are not found elsewhere in Tanzania. The park supports one of the highest biomass densities of large mammals in the world. The high chance to see elephant families moving through the forest as well as Lake Manyara's famous population of tree-climbing lions are reason enough to include a visit to this park in the itinerary.
Game Drive in Lake Manyara National Park
Rich in game and one of Tanzania’s smaller wilderness enclaves, Lake Manyara National Park is a magnificent terrain. Together with your ranger you are going to explore the diverse habitats of the park. Covering two thirds of the park with liquid depths is the beautiful Lake Manyara giving the park good reliable water supply all year round. This makes that the animals here are in prime condition and wildlife viewing becomes very exciting. You will stop for a while on the lakeshore to admire the different bird species and look for pink flamingo. The rest of the Manyara ecosystem consists of mountainside, marshlands, woodlands, grassy areas and hot springs. You will drive mainly through acacia woodlands, grassy floodplains and tall forest in search of wildlife; including the famous tree-climbing lions and large family herds of elephant! Do not forget to particularly pay attention to the stunning and varied scenery of this park during your game drives. When your lucky you might even spot the famous tree climbing lions!
Night Game Drive in Lake Manyara National Park
A whole new world of animal species (nocturnal) await you on a night game drive. It gives you a different perspective of the park and wildlife. Lake Manyara is the ideal location for this activity the many different ecosystems found in the park. The area is a melting pot for all types of animals and plants - with the lake, the rift valley cliffs, ground water forest, Ngorongoro highlands and the dry Tarangire system all close by. The less seen animals are generally active at night and Lake Manyara National Park are full of them! Porcupines, genets and civet cats are frequent visitors to the forest. Hippos are nocturnal animals and it is highly likely you get to see many of them grazing on the side of the road. You probably already know that it is not a common occurrence to spot the elusive and solitary Leopards. However, you should keep your eyes peeled on the night game drive because whenever you find eyes glowing in the dark this could be one of those rare cats! Lion sightings are more common and where lions are mostly sleeping in day time at night they are almost always active.
Walk in Lake Manyara National Park
In the afternoon you enter Lake Manyara National Park. This is a small but very beautiful park offering breath-taking views, excellent game-viewing and an incredible array of birdlife. You have a chance to spot: zebra, baboon, warthog, giraffe, impala, elephant, hippo, wildebeest and the rare tree climbing lions. Enjoy a short stroll on the edge of the Great Rift Valley with beautiful views of Lake Manyara and the National Park below. Learn more about plants, insects, birds and small mammals from a knowledgeable guide.
When to visit Lake Manyara?
This park can be visited year round but the best time to visit is during the dry season of January and February and from late May through October.